Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

This recipe is so much fun! During the meal, you squeeze the garlic onto bread and spread it like butter. Simply delicious!


  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 8 drumsticks and 8 thighs or 16 of one
  • 4 ribs celery (in long strips)
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 6 sprigs parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/2 cup dry vermouth
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 40 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • French bread or toast


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine celery, onion, parsley and tarragon and place in a heavy 6-quart casserole or 9 x 13-baking dish.
  3. Dip chicken pieces into oil to coat evenly and place on top of vegetables. Add vermouth; sprinkle with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Tuck garlic around and between chicken. Cover tightly with foil and lid.
  4. Bake for 1 1/2 hours without removing cover.
  5. Serve with pan juices, garlic and slices of bread. Squeeze garlic out from root end of papery husk onto bread and spread like butter.

Yield: 8 servings

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