Slow Cooker Garlic Clove Chicken Recipe
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Slow Cooker Garlic Clove Chicken Recipe

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Dinner guests and cooks alike will rave about this chicken recipe from Ruth Rigoni of Hurley, Wisconsin. “Your company will love the tasty poultry, and you'll appreciate the stress-free slow cooker preparation,” she says. “Drop garlic cloves in boiling water for a few seconds; drain and cool. The peels should slip off easily with your fingers.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 40 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 4 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up and skin removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons dry vermouth
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 230 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 287mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein.


  1. Place garlic and celery in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, brown chicken in oil in batches; transfer to slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until chicken juices run clear. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Garlic Clove Chicken in Country Woman August/September 2007, p35

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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kristieg User ID: 5312235 246136
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

"Bland. Bland. Bland."

gingerriss User ID: 4959883 152966
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"I was hoping this would turn out good. It had such good reviews. I didn't think it was anything special"

JessBella6 User ID: 5295511 160379
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

"This chicken is amazingly flavorful and so easy!"

aubsmc User ID: 4410313 134911
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2011

"This was good. I followed the suggestion of one of the other comments and used Balsamic Vinegar in place of the Vermouth. I served it with rice. It was a big hit with my family and will definitely make it again."

sunflwerchick User ID: 4096152 152933
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

"Very good! I agree anything with Garlic is good. This is soooo easy to throw together and as it cooks the house smells good. I too did not have vermouth on hand so I substituted Merlot wine, and it was great! Everything else I had on hand and added it as the recipe stated. Great chicken!"

novice_cook User ID: 5188552 207544
Reviewed May. 31, 2010 Edited Mar. 29, 2016

"?Garlic with just about anything is quiet tasty, this recipe is no different. Definitely recommended!"

michmedic User ID: 5187850 85132
Reviewed May. 31, 2010

"Fantastic. Had to sub balsamic vinegar for vermouth (all I had) and it was still delicious!"

Summy User ID: 1386846 151355
Reviewed May. 7, 2009 Edited Mar. 29, 2016

"Many years ago, I made something like this using only garlic cloves with a chicken, and it was delicious. It was called 40 Garlic Clove chicken. But this recipe looks absolutely awesome, and uses my favorite cooking method: a slow cooker! I will try it this weekend. My brother, Britt, and I love making our families Sunday chicken dinners, and we share recipes frequently. I hope to "one up" him this week! No doubt, this will win the family prize! Thanks!"

carharwal User ID: 446580 137441
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2009 Edited Mar. 29, 2016

"You can buy the garlic gloves already peeled in a plastic jar at the grocery store. They are located where the fresh produce is. Sure saves time!!!


boopsie User ID: 1339890 135313
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2009 Edited Mar. 29, 2016

"Many years ago(like 50,I`m 80 now!) we were working so hard on a cookbook for Little League.The recipe that won the contest was Drunken chicken, with the same ingredients. Was just as deliscous then....

Dorothy Coleman"

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