Spanish Garlic Roast Chicken

Roast chicken (pollo asado con ajo) is a popular main dish in Spain, served in simple eateries and roast chicken shops throughout the country.


  • 1 whole roaster chicken (approximately 3 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • 6 to 8 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 8 ounces dry white wine
  • 8 ounces chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 sprig fresh parsley

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Cut the chicken into four pieces.
  2. Rub the chicken pieces with extra virgin olive oil and salt. Place the chicken into a large ovenproof casserole dish.
  3. Place the garlic cloves and 4 ounces of white wine into a food processor and whirl until the garlic is blended into the white wine. Add 4 ounces of the broth and whirl until thoroughly mixed. Pour this mixture over the chicken.
  4. Cover the chicken with aluminum foil and place the casserole with the chicken into a hot, preheated oven on the center rack. After 15 minutes in the oven, remove the aluminum foil from the casserole dish and baste the chicken with its juices. Continue to oven roast the chicken, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Periodically check to make sure that the liquid has not evaporated and add wine and broth as needed
  5. The chicken should be tender when done. Remove from oven and serve with the wine sauce. Homemade french fries or another Spanish potato dish and/or rustic bread goes well with the chicken.

Variation: For more intense garlic and wine flavor, whiz wine, broth, salt and garlic cloves in food processor. Place chicken pieces in a glass dish and marinate the chicken overnight in this mixture (in the refrigerator)

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