Whole Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic Gravy

It sounds like a ton, but the garlic cloves in this classic French recipe mellow and melt into a delicious sauce as they cook. Save on prep time by buying pre-peeled garlic; look for it in the produce department where fresh herbs are sold. For the most accurate cook time, buy a chicken as close to 4 pounds as possible – any larger and it may not fit in the Instant Pot.

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Prep Time
25 min
70 min




1. Rub chicken inside and out with herb blend, salt and pepper.

2. On the Instant Pot, select Sauté, adjust the heat to Medium/Normal and add oil. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant and browned in places, 3 minutes. Add wine and simmer for 1 minute. Add broth to the pot and press Cancel. Place the chicken on a trivet with handles and place in the pot. Lock on the lid and set release valve to seal, select Pressure and set to More/High; adjust cooking time to

3. When time is up, quick-release the pressure. An instant-read thermometer should read 165°F when inserted into thickest part of thigh and breast. (NOTE: If chicken is not done, select Sauté, adjust to More/High and cover with a regular pan lid. Simmer, checking every 5 minutes, until chicken reaches temperature.)

4. Preheat broiler to high and adjust oven rack so that it is 6 inches below broiler element. Carefully remove chicken on the trivet from pot. Transfer chicken to a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil chicken, rotating pan once, until skin is browned, about 3 minutes. Set on a serving platter and loosely tent with the foil used to line the baking sheet.

5. Pour cooking liquid through a sieve into a large glass measuring cup (or gravy separator) and let stand for a minute to allow fat to float to the top. Skim off fat and discard. Pour 2 cups of the defatted liquid back into the pot and stir in garlic. (Add chicken broth if you don’t have 2 cups liquid.) Reserve remaining cooking liquid for another use. Select Sauté and adjust to Medium. In a small bowl, mix potato starch with water. Add to pot, and cook, whisking frequently, until thick and bubbly, 2 minutes.

6. Carve the chicken and serve with sauce.


1. Rub chicken inside and out with herb blend, salt and pepper.

2. To a 4½- to 7-quart slow cooker, add garlic, wine and broth. Place chicken in slow cooker and drizzle with oil. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours, until internal temperature reaches 165°F when a thermometer is inserted into thickest part of breast and thigh.

3. Follow Steps 4 and 5 under “Make It Fast” to finish off chicken under the broiler and make the sauce.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories 635
  • Carbohydrate Content 16 g
  • Cholesterol Content 190 mg
  • Fat Content 34 g
  • Fiber Content 1 g
  • Protein Content 63 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 9 g
  • Sodium Content 361 mg
  • Sugar Content 0 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 14 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 7 g