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40 Clove Garlic Chicken

May 9, 2019

A warning to all vampires: this 40 clove garlic chicken recipe is on the loose.

40 Clove Garlic Chicken- The Seasonal Junkie

In all seriousness though, this is an elegant, great recipe. Especially since Mother’s Day is literally this weekend. And life hack, chicken is soooo inexpensive. You can buy a whole chicken for about 7 bucks.

Like Roasted Chicken?! Try this Recipe!

If you are thinking that roasting a whole chicken is intimidating, stop thinking it! It is a breeze. This particular way to prepare a chicken is called “butterfly chicken” or “butterflied chicken”. And it looks so pretty too.

So if you are entertaining your mom and family, butterfly chicken or butterflied chicken should be your next feat. And luckily for you, we are going to accomplish this together with my 40 clove garlic chicken.

But first, why would you butterfly chicken?

40 Clove Garlic Chicken- The Seasonal Junkie

Well, for me I love the presentation. But it’s not just about presentation. With most of the skin exposed to direct heat you are going to end with a crispy result. We’ve all had the experience of flabby, soggy chicken and while you can just take the skin off, you lose a lot of flavor. There really is nothing better than biting into a crispy piece of chicken. Lastly, when you butterfly chicken, it cooks more evenly because it is lying flat. Say good by to overcooked breasts.

Okay, 40 Clove Garlic Chicken Time!

This dish has all the makings of a Sunday night meal. But honestly, because it is a one pan wonder, feel free to conquer it on a Wednesday night, No one will stop you.

By the time this bad boy has roasted, trust me when I say your whole house is going to be smelling like pure bliss. Just don’t expect to be giving kisses out like candy after dinner. I ended up serving my 40 clove garlic chicken with roasted veggies and red potatoes. It was a simple, but impactful. Because more times than not, food is better when it is simple- you know what I mean?

40 Clove Garlic Chicken- The Seasonal Junkie

Anywho, hop to it! Your momma is gonna love it!

40 Clove Garlic Chicken

Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 1 Hour 25 Minutes


  • 1 Whole Chicken, patted dry, giblets removed,
  • 1/4 cup Ghee, melted
  • 40 Cloves of Garlic (about 3-4 whole heads)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 Thyme Sprigs
  • 3 Sprigs of Rosemary
  • 2 tbsp Dried Oregano



Allow chicken to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes after you have patted dry and removed giblets


Place breast side down


Using sharp kitchen shears, remove spine from chicken


Flip chicken over and apply pressure, flattening the chicken


Preheat oven to 375 degrees


Peel garlic cloves, keep whole


Season Chicken with oregano, salt, and pepper liberally


Rub chicken with melted ghee


Place into casserole dish or sheet pan with edges


Place sprigs of thyme, rosemary, and peeled garlic in pan


Once oven is preheated cook for 45 minutes


Using spoon, spoon chicken juices and melted ghee over chicken to cover


Return to oven


Cook for additional 20 minutes


Using spoon, spoon chicken juices and melted ghee over chicken to cover


Return to oven


Cook for additional 25 minutes


Chicken should temp at 170 degrees, if not return to oven until it does


Allow to rest 5 minutes before cutting

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