A square close-up photo of delicious and tender chicken thighs with 40 cloves of garlic. The chicken is in a stainless steel 6 qt pan, and visible are golden cloves of garlic and fresh green thyme.

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic is a delicious one-pot meal with tender chicken, a fantastic sauce, and all the garlic! You'll love it.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 383 kcal


  • 8 bone-in, skin-on, chicken thighs
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 40 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon thyme dried
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons milk
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  1. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the chicken thighs in, skin-side down, and sear both sides until they are golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

  2. Add the garlic cloves to the skillet, stirring frequently, cook until they are golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in the chicken broth and thyme and bring to a boil.  

  3. Return chicken to skillet and simmer until a thermometer inserted reads 165 degrees, about 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer chicken to a serving platter, reserving the juices remaining in the skillet. 

  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and the milk. Whisk the flour-milk mixture into the skillet until the sauce is thickened slightly, about 1 to 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  5. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from On Cooking.