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Johnson Estate Winery

Forty Clove Chicken

Forty Clove Chicken
Recipe Date:
July 12, 2017
Cook Time:
Imperial (US)
Pair with Johnson Estate's Dry Riesling.
  • 4 lbs whole chicken, cut into 8 parts
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 whole heads of garlic, cloves separated but not peeled
  • olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups dry white wine, such as Johnson Estate Seyval Blanc
  • 3 large sprigs of fresh tarragon
  • 3 large sprigs of fresh thyme

Lightly smash the garlic cloves with the side of a heavy chef's knife, just enough to break the cloves. Leave peel on.

Trim the chicken pieces of excess fat. Pat them dry and sprinkle pieces generously with salt and pepper. Heat 3 Tbsp olive oil in a Dutch oven (or a large thick-bottom pan with a tight fitting cover) on medium high. Working in batches, brown the chicken pieces on all sides. Lay the chicken pieces on the hot oil, do not move until browned, then turn over to other side using tongs. Remove from pan when browned.

Add a little more olive oil to the pan if necessary. Add the garlic and sauté until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Add the wine and the herbs. Bring to a boil. Add the chicken pieces. Reduce the heat to medium low. Cover the pan and simmer until the chicken is cooked through. Move the chicken pieces from top to bottom every 5 minutes for about 20 minutes. Chicken is done when a meat thermometer inserted into thickest part reads 180°F for thighs and 170°F for breasts.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer chicken pieces to a platter; spoon garlic sauce over the chicken. Serve alone with rice, noodles, baked or mashed potatoes.

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