Slow Cooker Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Garlic lovers rejoice. You can now enjoy chicken with 40 cloves of garlic without having to watch the stove.

Garlic lovers rejoice. You can nowenjoy chicken with 40 cloves of garlic without having to watch the stove.

I’m a firm believer in the fact that anything, yes ANYTHING, can be made in a slow cooker. Don’t believe me? Check out this amazing Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan with crunchy breadcrumbs and all… or slow cooker Coq au Vin… or orange chicken delivered by the slow cooker instead of your favorite takeout restaurant.

Today though, we’re stepping up your slow cooker game even more. We’re taking the classic Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic and slowing things down. This recipe is traditionally made in the oven and cooked for 1-2 hours, depending on the size of your bird.  

But the magic of this recipe is the garlic – I mean, there are 40 cloves! As garlic cooks, the pungent flavor is replaced with a softer and sweeter intensity. That’s why I like making this recipe in my slow cooker. Plus, the additional cooking time allows for the intense garlic flavor and the cloves themselves to soften. Spread the cloves on top of the chicken after it is cooked or smash them on a piece of crusty bread and dunk it in the leftover jus.

Because this is a slow cooker dish, it couldn’t be simpler to make. Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker, add some fresh thyme for good measure and then let it do its thing. This elegant chicken dinner is best served with a slice of crusty bread and a glass of wine.

Slow Cooker Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes


  • Cooking spray  
  • 2 cups unsalted chicken stock or vegetable stock 
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour  
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted and cooled  
  • Juice of half a lemon 
  • 1 and 1/2 lbs. boneless and skinless chicken thighs 
  • 2 tsp. salt, divided  
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, divided  
  • 1 and 1/2 lbs. red potatoes, scrubbed and quartered 
  • 40 garlic cloves, peeled  
  • 15 fresh thyme sprigs 


  1. Spray the slow cooker with cooking spray. 
  2. Combine the stock, all-purpose flour, butter and lemon juice in a bowl. Whisk to combine. Pour mixture into the slow cooker. 
  3. Using 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, season the chicken thighs and place them into the slow cooker. 
  4. Add potatoes, garlic and thyme over the chicken. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. 
  5. To serve, discard thyme and arrange potatoes and garlic on a platter. Top with chicken and season with remaining salt and pepper and another squeeze of lemon juice.

Ellie O'Brien

When not working full time as an engineer, you can find Ellie in her kitchen and blogging at Hungry by Nature. Her approach to food is simple – eat healthy, whole, natural foods and always leave room for dessert! While seasonal, healthy foods are a top priority, Ellie has also been known to eat ice cream for dinner. It’s all about balance!