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Baked Garlic Chicken Recipe

baked garlic chicken recipe

This classic baked garlic chicken recipe is also known as 40 Garlic Chicken, or Ali Baba Chicken by some.

Yes there really are 40 cloves of garlic in the chicken!

Don’t worry though. The garlic becomes sweet and fragrant as it roasts.

When you are looking for healthy recipes that include protein foods, this easy garlic chicken is ideal. And it’s simple to prepare, even for beginner cooks.

I like to be able to show you how to make recipes even healthier, but the truth is this recipe is fantastically healthy as it is. We all know how healthy garlic is for you and this recipe certainly has lots of garlic.

Chicken without the skin is a very lean protein and this chicken is cooked in a very low fat way. Don’t worry about the little bit of olive oil. It’s a very healthy fat and a little goes a long way in this recipe.

This is must try recipe, especially if you love garlic.

baked garlic chicken recipe

Baked Garlic Chicken Recipe

Yes there really are 40 cloves of garlic in this classic baked garlic chicken recipe! Don't worry though. The garlic becomes sweet and fragrant as it roasts.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 313 kcal


  • 3 to 4 pound whole roasting chicken
  • salt and pepper
  • 40 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock


  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Sprinkle the inside of the chicken with salt and pepper. Stuff garlic cloves into the cavity. Tie legs together. Tuck wing tips behind chicken's back.
  • Place chicken, breast side up, on a greased wire rack in a roasting pan. Brush chicken with oil. Pour stock into pan. Top with sprigs of thyme.
  • Roast chicken at 350° for 25 minutes per pound (1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hours for an average bird), basting often with juices and stock from the pan.
  • Transfer chicken to a serving platter. Discard string. Remove garlic cloves and mash.
  • Garlic cloves can be spread on the chicken or on toasted rounds of French or Italian bread for an extra treat.


Calories: 313kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 22gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 110mgPotassium: 308mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 155IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 1mg
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Baked Garlic Chicken

2 thoughts on “Baked Garlic Chicken Recipe”

  1. hmm garlliccc

    Originally posted by Ravi Shanghavi from Ottawa Ontario Canada.

    Yes, garlic is so wonderful, just as long as it’s cooked!! I made the mistake recently of doing a similar garlic and lemon chicken.. and well. It was horribly bitter! I couldn’t quite sort the reasoning but I think the garlic didn’t quite get cooked as well as it should have or something of the sort. It was rubbed across the top of the chicken. I’ll give a go at this recipe. Thanks much! – Ravi Shanghavi

  2. Buttery Garlic Roasted Chicken

    Contributed by Kelly Baldwin


    Take ~ 20 cloves of garlic (trimmed and cleaned) coated with 1 tbsp of oil, and enclose them in a packet of tin foil in a baking dish and roast in a 350 degree oven for ~ 40 mins (or until the garlic has turned to mush)

    *do not turn oven off*

    Take your roasted garlic and place in a small bowl and add in: 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp pepper, and 2 tbsp butter. Cream together with a spoon until smooth. Put aside.

    Take pieces of chicken (thighs work best, but you can use either drumsticks or breasts, or even a whole chicken) and place them in a foil lined baking dish.

    Using a silicone baster (works best) coat the pieces of chicken with the garlic mixture until JUST coated. You need to have most of the garlic mixture reserved. IF using a whole chicken, place some garlic mixture under the skin of the breast for added flavour and moistness.

    Bake in the 350 degree oven for ~ 40 mins. Remove pan from the oven, and drain the chicken drippings into the bowl with the reserved garlic mixture. Mix thoroughly.

    Now use the garlic/drippings mixture to baste your chicken pieces at least twice before the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

    Enjoy buttery garlic roast chicken. NOT diet food, but so good.


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