So I’m not sure where I first heard of Vampire chicken, but I think maybe it was from The Wilderness Childe. Anyway, it’s quite simple: basically chicken, herbs, and a ton of garlic (enough to keep vampires far, FAR away) in the crock pot, and given my love of garlic, I had to try it eventually!


Vampire Chicken Recipe

In a crock pot, lay a few stalks of celery. Then place a whole chicken on top.

Season the chicken liberally with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme (like the song).

“Unwrap” 40 (or even more) cloves of garlic. The peels can stay on, or not. It really doesn’t matter.

Scatter the garlic on and around the chicken.

Cover, and cook on low-to-medium, 6-8 hours.

Check out how tender it was when I went to lift it out of the pot. Totally falling apart. The whole thing split in half when I tried to stab it.


So I lifted out the larger pieces – breasts, legs, wings, a thigh (the other thigh fell apart) and placed them on a foil-lined baking sheet, which I then put under the broiler to crisp the skin.


Then I turned my attention back to the pot.


I scooped out the pieces of chicken…


and the garlic. Which, by the way, had mellowed just the way it does when you roast it. It’s super-soft and would be awesome spread on sourdough bread with butter, but I just ate it with the chicken since sourdough is a rare occurrence around here. So delicious!


Then I strained the broth. Woo! This will be awesome in soups later this week. I also returned the bones and random chicken parts to the crock pot with some water and apple cider vinegar, to make more stock. I love soup!


Oh, and don’t forget about the chicken under the broiler! By now it’s done crisping up. Mmm! Salt and pepper to your taste, then…


Eat it! It was awesome. I was going to make carrots with it, but er… didn’t. The chicken and garlic were really good though!


21 Comments on 40 Clove Garlic Chicken, or Vampire Chicken (in the Crock Pot)

  1. Nea says:

    Made this yesterday and LOVED it! So easy, I was able to throw it together in under ten minutes despite rampaging allergies, and go right back to napping. I used a large spider-spoon to remove the majority of the bird in one piece, and gleefully deboned the remaining bits later. The breasts made for an excellent chicken-salad lunch today, especially with some of the smashed garlic mixed in. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

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  4. green says:

    haha… my husband surprised me one night and made this recipe and he called his dad to ask him what a clove of garlic was.. and they decided it was a whole head!!! 40 heads o garlic!!! lol.

  5. Mamatha says:

    Love it! I might just have to invest in a crock pot now.

  6. Stefanie says:

    Have you checked out yet? They have paleo meals, which sounds like you and yours kind of follow. But anyways all grain free and yummy!

  7. Crystal says:

    Lovely recipe and so healthy especially for the colder seasons.
    I think it would be great for turkey pieces..anything would get great taste like instead of chicken use mushrooms and tofu,maybe just cook a little less?!?

  8. Joelene says:

    Do you find that garlic affects your milk at all? I haven’t tried roasted garlic, but I find when I have something with too much garlic (like my homemade spaghetti sauce that I made a ton of as freezer meals before giving birth!) it makes my little one (almost a year now! yikes!) a little fussy. I keep hearing about this 40 clove chicken and want to try it, but I’m worried it will keep me up all night!

    (p.s. been following you for a while now – love your blog! Congrats on your little angel!)

    • Joyful Abode says:

      Hey, I meant to write to you after I found out. 🙂 No it didn’t at all. My daughter didn’t skip a beat. I’ve made it a few times now and it hasn’t bothered her once.

      Then again… I did eat a LOT of roasted garlic during my pregnancy with her, so maybe it’s in her blood. 🙂

  9. Morgan says:

    Do you add any liquid to the crock pot before cooking?

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Brilliant… you might have helped me solve my “I like crispy chicken skin so hate it in the crock pot” issue. Did not think of the broiler!

  11. Kelly Clawson says:

    great recipe! thanks for sharing. might try it after thanksgiving.

  12. trashy says:

    oooh looks yummmmmy. i am def gonna try!

  13. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli says:

    So delicious! You could of just put the carrots in the crock, no?

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