40 Clove Garlic Chicken

When you take a bite of perfectly roasted 40 clove garlic chicken with the soft garlic that’s been melting away in the olive oil, wine, and herbs, you’ll want to savor every bite. There’s just something about those warm garlic cloves that just disintegrate under your fork and mix with the olive oil they were cooking in that makes this dish addicting. If gluten or grains don’t bother you, a loaf of your favorite bread is a must for this meal. I recommend brushing a few slices with olive oil and toasting it in the oven for a few minutes.

This is an anti-inflammatory recipe. Garlic is one of the more well known anti-inflammatory foods. There have been many studies that correlate the intake of garlic with reduced risks of cardiovascular disease. The chance of blood vessel damage from chronic excess inflammation has been shown to decrease when consuming garlic regularly. Extra virgin olive oil is also a strong anti-inflammatory food that protects against cardiovascular disease and other inflammatory diseases. Besides this recipe being anti-inflammatory, the herbs help with digestion.

Here are a few tips for this recipe:

  1. Cheat on time by buying already peeled whole garlic cloves. Nobody wants to sit there peeling 40 garlic cloves. Take the easy route!
  2. Use a cast iron skillet. Not only does it make this a one-pot meal, but it makes for a beautiful presentation!
  3. Don’t skimp on the salt and pepper when seasoning the chicken.

I would serve this chicken with a salad and a vegetable side. Check these out for inspiration!


Chickpea and Spinach Salad with Avocado (Greek Island of Crete)

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Lemony Asparagus with Garlic

Oven Fried Potatoes with Mediterranean Spice Blend

Olive Oil French Fries

Sauteed Mushrooms with Garlic and Thyme 

Let us know if you give this recipe a try and rate and review.  Enjoy!

40 clove garlic chicken

40 Clove Garlic Chicken

George Zikos
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 548 kcal


  • 3-4 pounds 1 whole chicken
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 40 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Splash of white wine


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Drizzle the whole chicken with 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt, freshly cracked black pepper, oregano, thyme, and rosemary.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet on medium and add the 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil. Add the 40 peeled garlic cloves to the pan. Cook for 1 minute. Add a splash of white wine and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Place whole chicken on top of garlic cloves and bake in the oven at 350 for 1 ½ hours, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees fahrenheit when read by a thermometer.
  • Let chicken rest before slicing. Serve with bread (gluten-ful or gluten free). Smear garlic cloves on bread and enjoy!


Calories: 548kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 32gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 120mgPotassium: 438mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 250IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 3mg
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About the Author: George Zikos
George studied International Business in Greece in 2015 for three semesters. His family is from the island of Crete, and he lived with them for a whole summer. During that time, he started working for Mediterranean Living and contributing his firsthand experiences of the traditional Cretan diet. He learned fluent Greek along the way, being fully immersed in a traditional Cretan village. He is since graduated with a business degree from Worcester State University. George loves language and traveling, so he completed a TEFL certificate program at the Boston Language Institute in order to teach English abroad and travel the world. He currently works full-time blogging, recipe formulating, and social media marketing for Mediterranean Living. His passions include language, gardening, hiking, skateboarding, and watching sports. He dreams of living in Crete one day, after he travels the world learning as many languages and cultures as possible.


  1. Glenn April 30, 2019 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    George, this is fantastic. Do you try to separate the remaining chicken fat/drippings from the garlic or do you use it all as a dip/gravy?

  2. Stefanie March 26, 2019 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    I make this chicken at least twice a month. It is so easy and flavorful!

  3. Sarah S. February 7, 2019 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    George, this was easy and delicious! I used the meat in several different dishes, as well as the garlic-laden pan drippings. This will be a recipe staple.

    • George Zikos February 12, 2019 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      Glad you loved it! Thanks for making the recipe and thanks for commenting!

  4. Andrina T. January 28, 2019 at 1:02 am - Reply

    :( 90 minutes wasn’t nearly enough to cook our chicken (3.6 lbs) through. The drumsticks were conpletely pink. It smells great, but I’m still waiting for it to cook through.

    • George Zikos January 28, 2019 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      I’m honestly surprised! It’s best to use a thermometer even though I said 90 minutes. Can’t be too careful with chicken.

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