Pollo al Ajillo, Chicken in Garlic Sauce .


Serves 4

Whenever I go to Spain or any other place I tend to keep on eating the local cuisine for at least one or two more weeks once I am back home. I guess it’s to keep the holiday feeling going for a bit longer. So here comes the first “post-holiday” Spanish dish.

Also, I shop a lot of food items when I am on a holiday and want to put them to use straight away.


I actually make a list in my head with all the things I have to eat while I am in Spain, please tell me I am not the only one who does this (grin).

Pollo al Ajillo is obviously on the list. Then there’s Fideuá, Paella, Empanadas, Sobreasada, Croquetas de Bacalao etc…but I’ll try not to bore you, however I do want to share this recipe with you, because it is fairly easy and it has Spain written all over it.

Tons of Garlic, White wine, Rosemary, Thyme and good Olive oil are a few of the things that make this dish so amazingly delicious. You can serve it with potatoes cooked along with the Chicken or leave them out and just serve with some crusty Baguette.


Preheat an oven to 350°F (180°C).


1 tbsp. unsalted butter

2 tbsp. olive oil

10  bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, about 2 1⁄2 lb. or 1 whole Chicken cut in to 12 pieces

Salt and freshly ground pepper or use Poultry seasoning if you like

12 garlic cloves separated, unpeeled

2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced

1 medium onion, peeled and chopped fine

1 tbsp. flour

1 glass dry white wine

3/4 – 1 cup chicken broth

6 medium peeled potatoes, about 3⁄4 lb. (375 g) total, cut in slices or quarters

4 fresh thyme sprigs, 4 fresh sprigs Rosemary

2 bay leafs

1 tbsp. finely chopped Rosemary

Some parsley to scatter over for serving.



In a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper. Working in batches as needed to avoid crowding, add the chicken to the hot pan, skin side down, and cook, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 6 minutes per side. Transfer each batch, skin side up, to a large baking dish or a round one (like mine). Scatter over the chopped rosemary and put the remaining thyme and rosemary twigs tucked between the chicken pieces. Set aside.

Pre heat the oven to 375° F.

Do not wipe the pan clean and keep it over medium-high heat. Add the remaining olive oil to the pan.

Add the garlic cloves to the saucepan and the chopped onion cook, stirring often, until lightly browned and beginning to soften, add the sliced garlic and 1 tbsp. flour. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the wine, stock and bay leafs and let bubble for a few minutes.Pour the sauce over the chicken.


Wash the potatoes, leave the skin on and cut them length wise in four. Tuck between the chicken pieces. . They’ll absorb the chicken flavour and will taste amazing.

Bake in the oven uncovered for about 40-50 minutes. The potatoes should be tender and the chicken opaque throughout and the juices should run clear when pierced with a fork. Serve immediately scattered with some freshly chopped parsley.


Myra Xo

Great served with Green Beans with Chorizo & Thyme


15 thoughts on “Pollo al Ajillo, Chicken in Garlic Sauce .

    • The Cooking spoon says:

      Oh my goodness. I am so sorry to hear about your husband. I hope he is doing better. I think you will both like the dish since the chicken becomes very tender and infused with flavour. Thank you Elizabeth.


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