Chicken in Garlic Sauce - Pollo al Ajillo

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 12 large chicken thighs (about 4 pounds; see Note)
  • Fine sea or kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 10 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth, homemade or canned
Directions

I like to use chicken thighs here-they won't dry out during cooking. If you like white meat, go ahead and use it, just cook it a little less. A paella pan, with its wide and shallow shape, comes in handy for this dish. If you have a smaller Dutch oven, brown the chicken in batches and rotate the pieces as they simmer in the sauce so the pieces cook evenly.

Wash the chicken thighs and pat them dry with paper towels. Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add as many of the chicken thighs, skin side down, as will fit without touching.

Cook until the skin is golden brown, about 10 minutes. Flip the chicken pieces and cook until the other side is golden brown, about 5 minutes more.

Remove the pan from the heat and spoon off all but about 2 tablespoons of the fat, leaving all the lovely brown bits behind. Return the pan to low heat, stir in the garlic and thyme and cook until the garlic starts to turn golden, about 1 to 2 minutes. Pour in the sherry, increase the heat to medium and bring to a boil. Let it boil a minute or 2, then return the chicken to the pan skin side up. Reduce the heat to low, pour in the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Cover the pan tightly and cook 20 minutes. Flip the chicken pieces (or rotate them top to bottom if using a smaller pan) and cook until the chicken is very tender, about 20 minutes. Serve hot.

Note: If you like a mix of white and dark meat, substitute a 4-pound chicken cut into 10 pieces. Let the thighs, drumsticks, and wings cook in the sauce for 15 minutes before adding the browned breast pieces. If you'd like to use all white meat, cut the breasts in half crosswise, brown them as described above, but let the sauce cook down 10 to 15 minutes before adding the chicken breasts.


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This is a favorite in my house and it comes out perfect everytime. The only thing I add is some Goya seasoning packs item not reviewed by moderator and published
Deliciosa!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My boy friend loved this, and he is PR. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy for a weeknight meal! My husband loved this which is rare because he doesn't really care for chicken much! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Dear Daisy Thanks for the recipe. However Canola Oil on a Spanish dish? No way! Extra virgin olive oil is the only way to go. Canola oil is an artificial vegetable oil linked to hearth disease. Probably the most ubhealthy oil in the market. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I call this yumminess chicken! My husband is the chef in this house. He is Puerto Rican. He makes this with the Yellow Rice with Corn. It's a hit with my sister's family too! Her son even asked my husband to make it for his birthday dinner instead of my sister! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super yummy!!! We added more garlic (husbands Cuban, and you can use any chicken you want. It all comes out juicy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cooked this meal and received positive feedback from a very picky family. My only suggestion is if you're using white meat chicken cut up, cut the final cooking time (in sauce) in half. It is very tender and delicious. I loved eating the garlic cloves. I will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipie is just average. It's good for a weeknight meal; had most of the ingridients in the pantry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family enjoys this. I make it about every other month. It's quick, easy and tasty! I make extra sauce (sherry/broth) because we love to soak our rice with it. Thanks, Daisy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great flavor and very easy to make...loved it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't eat much chicken because am just tired of it. When i saw this episode, i decided to try it out because it looked so good! This dish was absolutely delicious! So much great flavor with the garlic and sherry and so, so, so juicy. I have made this twice so far. It is so easy and makes your kitchen smell like you've been cooking all day. My family loves it! Thanks Daisy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
THIS IS SUCH A GREAT CHICKEN RECIPE. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The chicken was not very flavorful to me. It was ok, but not something that I would definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the fourth time I've made this! Today, though, I'm finishing it in the crockpot. We'll see how it goes. Low and slow should make it just as moist as the quick method. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We are not chicken lovers so I'm always on the look out for flavorful recipes.We hit the jackpot with this one. The thighs were moist and tender and I used the sauce left in the pan as a topper...... YUM! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I absolutely love this recipe. One day I took some leftovers to work and EVERYONE wanted the recipe- now my co-workers make it for their families too. I have to admit I tried to take some short-cuts once, for instance I tried jarred garlic, cooking sherry and dried thyme...BIG MISTAKE. This recipe is perfection- as long as you follow the recipe:) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. Have made it quite a few times for family and friends. I have neighbors in my development that have knocked on my door and ask what I am cooking. The aroma travels out to the lobby of the development. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Daisy you are my Girl!!!! This dish is so flavorful. Each time I make it I try to up the portions because I just know leftovers would be even better. Have yet to try them because my husband and kids gobble it up! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was easy to make and even eaiser to eat!! I got lots of wows for the one!! This one is a keeper!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We really liked the flavors of this dish. The garlic gets sweet and the thyme is a perfect compliment to that. The only thing we didn't like is that is wasn't really a sauce and the chicken was dry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I prepared this with the Corn Rice, Ensalada, and Tostones for my Dominican husband and he LOVED IT! I am Persian, not hispanic, and my hubby said I prepared the entire dinner just like a spanish woman would. Beautiful meal and super easy! I love your food and your show Daisy! Thank you item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved this chicken. I was leary about using so much garlic but the flavor mellows as it cooks. The chicken was moist and flavorful and delicious. The recipe was easy to follow and easy to make. Just watch your chicken to make sure it doesn't brown too much before you turn it. I served Arroz con crema along side and it was the perfect compliment to this meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
great recipe. easy to make and so tastey. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My son's favorite chicken dish item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this recipe to be perfect for a busy weeknight. There are only 2 at home for me to cook for now, so it was easy to halve this recipe, and using boneless skinless chicken breasts cut down on the time and on the amount of fat grams for those like me who are watching their weight. I found it to be moist and very flavorful. I did use the full amount of liquid called for, however, so I would have plenty of sauce. Next time I will use all of the garlic called for in the full recipe as well as the full amount of thyme. Can't have too much of either one of those !! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe and my family was very pleased with the results. The sauce was tasty and the chicken was tender. Thanks, Daisy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This chicken is wonderful its has beautiful flavors very simple to make i hope everyone who tries this recipe enjoys it just like my family did. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this recipe to be a little dry. The flavor was there but my chicken was dry at the end. I will try this recipe again and maybe add more chicken broth to keep it from drying up. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this tonight for dinner and everyone loved it. While I was cooking, the aroma from the sherry, garlic, and thyme made my mouth water. This dish was so easy to make and so delicious. I'll definitely be making it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW ! My mom who is 98 years old used to make this chicken, how wonderful it is to see Daisy bring back this recipe, Daisy you are wonderful item not reviewed by moderator and published
So good I can't wait to make it again. Easy to make and so delicious. Will be a go to for me. Thank you for a fantastic dish item not reviewed by moderator and published
The chicken was wonderfully flavorful and tender and went perfectly with the yellow rice with corn. I am a HUGE fan of Daisy, I hope she stays on the food network for a long long time! item not reviewed by moderator and published
LOVED THE DISH. LOVE THE SHOW SO MUCH THAT I HAVE A NEW FOLDER DEDICATED TO 'DAISY'. ALSO, THE YELLOW RICE WITH CORN IS FABULOUS. TO REVIEWER KATHI - THIS ENTIRE RECIPE IS MADE ON TOP OF THE STOVE. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband saw Daisy cooking this dish(and the Yellow Rice w/Corn) on Saturday morning and we purchased the ingredients to cook it Saturday afternoon. My husband complimented me throughout the entire meal! This was my first Viva Daisy meal, but certainly not my last. Thanks a bunch Daisy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I missed this show when it was on and wanted to make it for dinner tonight; however, I noticed it didn't give an oven temperature to cook the dish. I am going to try cooking it at 350 degrees ..if anybody knows the temperature that she cooked it, I would appreciate knowing that. Thanks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This chicken was really good! I did use cubed chicken breast and cooked it for a much shorter amount of time. I also used a little smoked paprika. It was great! Thanks for this yummy chicken dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
After watching the show, I decided to try this dish as I had all the ingredients on hand. The only change I made (I know, I know - How can you fairly judge a recipe when you make changes?) was to season the chicken with smoked paprika as well as salt and pepper. Why? Because I love the taste of smoked paprika. The chicken was delicious and once you sliced the ten cloves of garlic, went to together very quickly. You do have to watch the garlic once it is added because it browns very quickly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love the chicken recipe but the rice with corn, TASTY!!!!!, WOW!!!!! Thank you Daisy, you inspired me to cook awesome spanish dishes!!!!! You gave me life in the kitchen!! LOVE YOU!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i am a big fan of chicken so the more receipes i can find that are this good the better Gloria Schultz item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved the idea of using chicken with this recipe! Im making this for dinner tonight and my busband cant wait! Y con el arroz con maiz mejor todavia! Gracias Daisy! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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