Chicken with 40 Garlic cloves

This is the dish that makes me feel like I’m starring in my favourite romantic comedy. There’s that ‘quaint’ music I love again, playing in the background as I’m pottering about in the kitchen!

It’s the Nancy Myers/Norah Ephron moment when the heroine brings out her perfect dish to woo the heart of her guy… Only mine was wooed 6 & 1/2 yrs ago ;)

You know what they say, keep the romance alive. With. 40. Garlic. Cloves…

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Mise en Place, for chicken with 40 garlic cloves

There’s a lovely moment when you’re sitting over the weekend, pondering all the delicious options for dinner that night. That very moment came recently, when my Sweetheart requested a Roast Chicken for dinner. Rewind to the time he came home with a somewhat giant bag of beautiful garlic bulbs & I knew I had to make that ubiquitous recipe for Chicken with 40 garlic cloves.

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butchers twine

The thing about an old favourite, (is that sometimes) we might forget how good it can be, just as it is.

We might be too busy trying that Fennel Salt Rub, too busy trying the next best thing or technique…err, hot brick press and bbq chicken anyone?

In fact, my tried & true secret is just plain old sea salt.

It’s rubbed thoroughly, lovingly into the chicken skin & will give you the crispiest golden shards of chicken skin, that pull away for a perfectly moist & juicy bird.

Every time.

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40 garlic cloves.

At the end of the day, it comes down to these few things. A couple of hours of leisure time. A beautiful free range chicken. The most plump & bulbous head of garlic you can get your hands on and salt.

If you love a golden crispy chicken, if you want that heady smell of roasting garlic in your kitchen, then don’t hesitate any further and get thee to the shops!

1 roasting chicken,
40 x garlic cloves
sea salt to rub the skin
olive oil to drizzle & moisten the bird.
optional a sprig of fresh bay leaves, (or a few dried ones.)

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  1. says

    Shocking, Alice, shocking! Shockingly good, that is! Now, what to do with all the garlic? Smear them on toasts, add them to hummus, what creative ways can you show us? Tell us, Alice, tell us! :-)

    • says

      Hi Angie! I’ve made the most delicious soup with this very stock. Chock full of garlic, the drippings and some chicken bones and a whole lot of crusty bread at the end.
      I love your idea of some garlic toast bruschetta style too. Enjoy!

  2. says

    Filipinos would certainly love this recipe, we love our garlic so much we snack on them :)
    Thanks for sharing such as simple but yummy recipe!

    • says

      Thank you so much! I love a good roast chicken and this is simply the loveliest and easiest way to make any chook special. There’s something wonderfully reckless about stuffing an entire chicken with 4-5 garlic cloves!

    • says

      Please do! Like you, we also had our delicious leftovers as gourmet sandwiches the next day. If ever there was a roasted chicken scented candle to make one’s home yummy, I’d be trying it ;)

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