Sautéed Chicken With Garlic and Rosemary

Updated on May 31, 2018
5 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of Chicken with Garlic and Rosemary

A variation on the classic "chicken with 40 cloves of garlic" recipe, this tasty recipe is not nearly the overpowering mass of garlic that it would seem to the casual observer. Rather, much like the regular 40-cloves-of-garlic recipe, the garlic being kept intact prevents it from dominating the rest of the dish—while still lending it the pleasant and pungent flavor of garlic. Combine this with thyme, the elegant green of rosemary, and a delicious sauce with wine and chicken sauce which absorbs the garlic's flavor, and it makes for a beautiful, simple, and relatively easy meal. Served over rice or another grain to absorb the sauce, it only gets better. For personal consumption or as part of an elegant dinner, this recipe is sure to delight.

I have adopted this recipe from Bistro Cooking by Patricia Wells, a cookbook which I heavily recommend for its simple, pretty, and delicious meals.

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  • 3 lb chicken, (preferably small pieces, also providing small slits for the juice to infiltrate the flesh is good)
  • 30 cloves (around 3 bulbs) garlic, (peeled but not chopped, minced, or crushed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt to season chicken and to taste
  • pepper to season chicken and to taste
  • 3 sections rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock


  1. Peel the garlic, and leave the resulting cloves intact. Season heavily the chicken with salt and pepper, and make them into smaller pieces, such as cutting chicken breasts into 3/4 sections. Preferably, also make small slices into them to allow the juice to seep in while cooking to flavor.
  2. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over high heat, and once very hot, sauté the chicken, on each side for 5 minutes until it is appropriately browned. Work in batches as necessary.
  3. Reduce heat to medium, add the garlic under the chicken, and sauté until it is lightly browned, around 5-10 minutes. Stir occasionally and often shake the pan during this process to prevent it from burning.
  4. Add the thyme, rosemary, white wine, and chicken stock. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, during 15 minutes. Preferably serve over say, rice or potatoes to help soak up the sauce so that it is all used.

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      • RyanCThomas profile imageAUTHOR

        Ryan Thomas 

        8 months ago from Eureka, California

        I love rosemary myself and have a big bush of it outside, I'd advise if it can't be found to substitute it with some other spices like more thyme, sage, marjoram, bay leaf, etc. It is an important part of providing the aromatic nature of the recipe.

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        8 months ago from Home Sweet Home

        Lovely and tasty looking recipe. I might remove the rosemary, can't find in the supermarket

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        Dred Cuan 

        8 months ago from California

        I must admit that Garlic and Rosemary is absolutely a perfect combination. I used this for my pork and it perfectly had that wonderful taste. Definitely a must try!

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        Wesman Todd Shaw 

        8 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

        I'm not sure if it is a southern tradition, or just something of a family tradition - but today is Sunday, and on Sunday you always eat chicken for lunch.

        I'll never complain. I sure love me some yardbird. Garlic is also pretty magical.

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        Louise Powles 

        8 months ago from Norfolk, England

        That looks lovely, thankyou for sharing. I shall try this recipe.


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