Last week it was my turn to pick a Crock Pot Thursday recipe. I was stumped, so I asked my Facebook followers for help, and this 40 Clove Garlic Chicken from Stephanie Cooks was the winner. The other suggestions were amazing, too, and I’ve already made more than one. I’ll review them in the future.
The suckiest part of this chicken, besides when it is all gone and you’re licking the bowl, wishing for more, is peeling 40 cloves of garlic. I had my 4 year-old do ours, and she had a ball. That kid loves to help in the kitchen, and I love to not have stinky garlic fingers. Everyone’s a winner! My mother-in-law bought pre-peeled garlic cloves, and get this, they came in a pack of 40. I told her I’m not rolling in the dough like she is, and I couldn’t afford the pre-peeled garlic that is obviously for rich people, but I found out that pack of cloves is only $2.99. The moral of the story is, when needing this many peeled garlic cloves, only two options are reasonable. Child labor or purchasing pre-peeled cloves.
I used my 6.5-Quart Crock-Pot Programmable Touchscreen Slow Cooker to make this Crock Pot 40 Clove Garlic Chicken.
Crock Pot 40 Clove Garlic Chicken
- 2 lbs chicken breast
- 1 cup fat free chicken broth
- ½ chopped onion
- 2 tsp paprika
- 40 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp fresh ground pepper
- Bay leaf
- Cover the bottom of the crock pot with the chopped onions.
- Add in the chicken and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika.
- Add the garlic to the slow cooker and mix so they are in and around the chicken.
- Pour in the chicken broth.
- Add the bay leaf.
- Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
- When serving, pour the broth over the chicken.
Oh man, was this goooood! We are definitely on a roll with our picks! The garlic flavor was rich but didn’t overpower at all. The chicken was so moist and I loved the hint of paprika. It’s a must to drizzle the broth over the chicken and whatever else is on the plate (we had mashed potatoes and roasted veggies, but I think this would be great with a rice pilaf too). My favorite part (because I’m a bit of a garlic addict) are the creamy, sweet garlic bulbs which I mashed up with everything on my plate. My only regret is that I wish I doubled the meat. I used 2.4 lbs of bone-in breasts and I would have liked more left over for tomorrow (the 3 of us ate about 1-1/3 breasts).
This was really a fragrant and tasty recipe. I used boneless chicken breasts, and pre-peeled garlic, which made this really easy to prepare. We had ours with rice and peas. I froze the leftover broth for soup stock for this fall. This was a great crock pot recipe, even for company–because the fragrance in your kitchen is amazing.
Peeling 40 cloves of garlic was not the most fun I’ve ever had, but the smell this gave my kitchen made it well worth it! I used some of the garlic to make garlic mashed potatoes. Yummy! I doubled my chicken and if doing that again I will add some minced garlic too because the garlic flavor wasn’t quite as strong as I wanted it to be.
The only thing I would do differently is double the recipe and maybe buy pre-peeled garlic. And not share it with my family, because I’m greedy and I loved this chicken.
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23 thoughts on “Crock Pot 40 Clove Garlic Chicken”
Try out this: How to peel a head of garlic in under 10 seconds. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d3oc24fD-c
Ed! You just changed my life. Fo reals.
Thanks! I had seen similar in a jar.
I am going to make this now. I have an abundance of carrots to add to the mix.
As a massive garlic lover I got sick of peeling and I also used to do the two metal bowl trick but then I have to clean two metal bowls. I got this off amazon for $1 with free shipping and it has changed my life. Which is why I am making a 40 clove garlic chicken dish today with very little work. http://www.amazon.com/eFuture-Silicone-Remover-Peeling-eFutures/dp/B00F5PXFGG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1395498431&sr=8-3&keywords=garlic+peeler
It is so easy to use it is ridiculous. They have ones on amazon for $6+ that are the same thing but they don’t have to ship from China like mine did. It only took 2 weeks to get here though.
Since publishing this post, I’ve been introduced to the garlic peelers! It’s like magic. Thanks for sharing the link!
This is what’s for dinner tonight. Note to self: buy bags of unpeeled garlic. I don’t think my hands will ever NOT smell of garlic now. And since garlic seeps into your skin and just travels everywhere, my breath also smells like garlic. I am a walking garlic stink-house. It is most excellent- my dog was following me around the house.
Can’t wait to eat it and add to the garlic smell!
Living in a country where local cooking requires lots of fresh garlic, I’ve learned a trick. Run your fingers, hands … over stainless steel. Some exclusive kitchen shops in North America sell fancy stainless steel, soap-shaped disks for this purpose. I just use my stainless sink. It is surprising how well this works.
I can’t wait to try this trick. Thanks, Kathy!!
Try wash j bg your hands with salt..preferably sea salt and cool water to get the smell off. It always works for me. Amazing recipe served it with french bread toasted for the garlic to squeeze on…my fiance loved it. Thanks so much for your help!!
Love the sea salt tip! I’m so glad you and your fiance loved this chicken!
Can the chicken be frozen chicken breasts or do they have to be thawed when added to the crock pot?
I’ve used frozen chicken, and it works great!
I would make this chicken once a week if it didn’t mean I had to peal so many garlic cloves. It is worth it though and my fam gobbled it up.
THIS WAS INSANE. THAT IS ALL.
The highest praise! Thank you for coming back to comment!
this had been my go to meal for years always a huge hit but my instructions always used a whole chicken which made it easier still. I cannot seem to find that recepi any longer? Anybody?
Can you use minced garlic
This crockpot dish was amazing. Everyone, age 11 and up, loved it. I will probably double next time as the four of us just had a little bit leftover. I served with mashed potatoes and cooked carrots. We mixed it all together as we ate it. Everyone had seconds! I highly recommend buying the pre-peeled bag of garlic for this recipe. It made it so easy. Thank you.
Can you use a whole chicken?
omg- just made this with bone in thighs in the instant….amazing!! 20 min with quick release – next time might try 18 minutes. I smash cloves with a knife and the peel comes right off. Prep to pot in under 10 minutes and devoured by everyone win win win!