Garlic Chicken – Pollo al Ajillo

Garlic Chicken Ingredients for Four People

  • One whole chicken of 3lb. approx.
  • Six plump cloves of garlic
  • One bunch of fresh flat leaf parsley
  • Two or three sprigs of fresh thyme
  • (One teaspoon of dried will do)
  • One large whole lemon
  • One small glass of dry sherry
  • (Or a good dry white wine will do)
  • Extra Virgin olive oil.
  • Salt and black pepper

Garlic Chicken Method

  1. Cut the Chicken into ten even bone-in pieces.
  2. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and leave for five minutes to rest.
  3. Brown the chicken in two tablespoons of  olive oil, in a large non-stick frypan – medium high heat.
  4. Turn heat down and cook covered with lid for 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile – skin and bash your garlic with the blade of a large kitchen knife, then chop finely.
  6. Chop a good handfull of parsley and squeeze your lemon.
  7. Remove the cooked chicken pieces to an earthenware and keep warm in a low oven, retaining the juices in the pan.
  8. Add the garlic to the pan juices and cook gently for about 10 minutes – being carefull not to burn.
  9. Now add the sherry and thyme – turn up the heat and let the sauce reduce to about half while you stir.
  10. Pour off any excess oil, add the lemon juice and about 3/4 of the chopped parsley and reduce slightly again.

Take the chicken from the oven – pour over the sauce – sprinkle the rest of the chopped parsley over the top – and serve.


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