This recipe is not as unsociable as it sounds!  In fact it’s one of the best chicken dishes I’ve ever had.  The garlic cooks to a soft sweet stickiness which makes a delicious sauce. Very simple to make.  There are many variations of this recipe on line but here’s mine:

Slow Cooked Chicken with 40 cloves of Garlic

Serves 6

1 large chicken (the best you can afford), kept whole or jointed

40 cloves of garlic (that’s about 3-4 bulbs), peeled

half a lemon, cut in two

two sprigs rosemary

few sprigs thyme

2 bay leaves

100ml white wine

50ml olive oil

100ml chicken or vegetable stock (made with a cube or powder is fine)

2 tablespoons creme fraiche.

Preheat slow cooker to High setting

Heat a large frying pan.  Rub the chicken with some of the olive oil and brown all over on a high heat. Remove to the slow cooker pot.

Toss the garlic cloves in the hot pan until slightly coloured (Don’t allow to go brown as they will taste bitter.

Add the wine, stock, remaining oil, lemon and herbs and bring to boil. Pour over the chicken, cover with lid and cook on High setting for at least 3 hours (check your own model for timings). Meat must show no sign of pinkness when done or reach 75ºC if checked with a meat thermometer.

Remove chicken and keep warm. Pour sauce into a saucepan, removing the rosemary and thyme stalks the bay leaves and the lemon pieces.  Reduce the sauce a little by simmering on the hob then stir in the creme fraiche.

Serve with potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Happy Valentines Day!



  1. Hi Patricia, have just been reading your blog which is very interesting.
    Will definitely try some of these recipes. The slow cooked chicken and beetroot risotto particularly appeal to me.
    Thanks very much for your inspiration.
    Janice x

  2. Hi Janice – good to hear from you! have just posted up the Beetroot Risotto recipe. Let me know what you think…..X

  3. Hi, just wanted to say i just tried your slow cooked chicken recipe, it was outstanding, me and my partner both thoroughly enjoyed it and cant wait to have it again.
    we came across your blog when looking for reviews for Hostellerie St Jacques, we are staying in Saint Saud for a family holiday in June and cant wait to go there after reading your review, the food looks fantastic!!

  4. That’s great to hear Barry! I’m glad you enjoyed the chicken and I’m sure you will not be disappointed with the restaurant. Please mention to the owner that you read it on my blog! Bon appetit!

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