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Slow Cooker Garlic Clove Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker Garlic Clove Chicken Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Slow Cooker Garlic Clove Chicken

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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"

Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

"This chicken is amazingly flavorful and so easy!"

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."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"This recipe sounds good, but my family likes the skin. Has anyone made this with the skin on?"

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!"

Reviewed May. 31, 2010

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

Reviewed May. 31, 2010

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

Reviewed May. 7, 2009

"A fantastic dressed up version of the original 40 clove chicken recipe! And, in a crockpot too!! Thanks! I'm passing this one on to my brother who cooks a new chicken recipe for his family every Sunday."

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2009

"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!!!


Reviewed Jan. 6, 2009

"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"

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2009

"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!"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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