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40 Garlic Chicken with an Asian Twist

This is 40 garlic chicken with a twist. The 40 clove garlic chicken recipe uses Shaoxing wine, vermouth, a dash of soy sauce, and cilantro, and of course, 40 cloves of garlic, all to add Asian flare to a classic.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Chicken and Poultry
Cuisine: American Chinese Fusion
Keyword: 40 garlic chicken
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 421kcal
Author: Sarah


  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 4 lbs chicken pieces (bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts, thighs, or legs)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 40 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 3 slices ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup shaoxing wine (60 ml)
  • 1/4 cup dry vermouth (60 ml)
  • 2/3 cup chicken stock (160 ml)
  • small handful of cilantro


  • Heat oil in a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Rinse the chicken, pat dry, and season with salt and pepper. Brown the chicken on each side until crisp. Preheat your oven to 350° F.
  • Transfer the chicken to a deep roasting pan or baking dish and set aside. Add the garlic cloves and ginger to the pan where you cooked the chicken; cook until caramelized, about 8 minutes.
  • Add the soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, and vermouth, and cook for another 2 minutes, deglazing the pan as you go. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Pour over the chicken and transfer to the oven. Roast for 25-30 minutes, and garnish with cilantro.


Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 7.2mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.7mg