French Farmhouse Garlic Chicken

"Vampires beware! Actually, don't be put off by the large quantity of garlic in this recipe. When the garlic cooks, the flavor mellows out and it isn't overpowering at all (although you and your significant other may want to be sure you both eat dinner together!) Good served with either mashed potatoes or rice."
photo by Kat's Mom photo by Kat's Mom
photo by Kat's Mom
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  • Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil over medium-high heat and add chicken and garlic (yes the whole cloves).
  • Cook chicken until just brown on each side, turning once.
  • Slowly add the 1/2 cup wine or broth, the 1/2 cup broth, lemon juice, basil and oregano.
  • Cover and simmer for 6 to 8 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink.
  • Transfer chicken and garlic to a warm serving platter; and keep warm.
  • In small bowl, stir together the flour and 2 tablespoons wine or broth.
  • Stir in a couple of tablespoons of hot pan juices.
  • Stir this mixture into remaining juices in pan.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Cook and stir for 1 minute.
  • Spoon over chicken.

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  1. hokiegal
    I had some garlic heads I wanted to use and this was perfect. I did double the wine and broth because my family likes lots of sauce. I served it over rice. The only problem I had is that i should have doubled the whole recipe because there was not enough for seconds-which they were begging for!
  2. BarbaraK
    This is very good. The chicken comes out real tender. I do have indigestion, but that is my own fault for eating that much garlic, which was quite good. I served this with rice and green beans. It didn't take long to cook, and the garlic honestly is not overpowering. I will make this again. Thanks Sharlene~W.
  3. JustJanS
    This has got to be one of the best chicken dishes I've eaten. We had this for dinner tonight, and it was outstanding. Changed the breasts to legs and cooked it longer, then reduced the sauce by about half, and thickened it with only 2 teaspoons of flour. Thanks for a great recipe Sharlene. PS. Rise, you'd love this I think!
  4. CarolAnn
    This is a really good recipe and very simple to make. My husband usually shies away from garlic -- I figured he could just choose not to eat the cloves. But he jumped right in and ate as much garlic as he did chicken! (and he didn't reek of it this a.m.!) Thanks!
  5. coleen114
    I too cringed at the thought of 40 cloves of garlic, but everyone was right on. It doesn't overpower. Actually, I thought the lemon overpowered, so I will omit that next time. Overall, this made for a quick, easy and tasty weeknight meal served with a side of sauteed spinach.


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