40 Cloves and a Chicken

40 cloves and a chicken in a dutch oven

40 Cloves and a Chicken is an easy & delicious dish for the entire family.



  • 40 cloves of Gilroy Garlic
  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 10 Sprigs of Thyme
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F
  2. Season chicken with a light coating of olive oil and salt & pepper.
  3. Brown the chicken on the stovetop in a Dutch Oven.
  4. Once both sides are browned remove from heat, add 1/2 cup olive oil, herbs, and garlic.
  5. Cover the dutch oven and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Remove from oven, let cool, and enjoy.

So the original version of this is actually a Chicken Provençal by James Beard and includes 1/4 teaspoon of Nutmeg, and 2 tablespoons of dry vermouth.  You can add dry vermouth or white wine as you see fit.  We'll post our own Gilroy Garlic Chicken Provençal over the next couple weeks.

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