How to Make Chicken in Garlic Sauce and Cider

by Chef Raphael

Don't be put off by the large amount of garlic, as the flavour will mellow into the cooking


  • 15 garlic cloves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 30 Grams Unsalted butter(1 oz)
  • 4 Chicken breasts(skin on)
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 450 Milliliters Dry cider(15fl oz)
  • 200 Milliliters Apple juice(7fl oz)
  • 200 Milliliters Double cream(7fl oz)
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    The main ingredients. The chicken should be boneless and with the wing attached if you like. For a healthier option remove the skin.

    Step 2

    Dry Cider is preferable

    Step 3

    For 2 breasts, melt 1/2 tbsp of butter then add 1 tbsp of oil and allow to get hot. Use an ovenproof casserole dish when cooking.

    Step 4

    When the oil is hot, place the chicken breasts, skin down and allow to brown

    Step 5

    Allow about 3 minutes to get browned

    Step 6

    When browned, add the garlic and bay leaf

    Step 7

    Pour the cider......

    Step 8

    Add the apple juice

    Step 9

    Add some salt and pepper as it starts to simmer.

    Step 10

    Cover and transfer to a preheated oven set at 180C/350F.

    Step 11

    Into hot oven at 160C......

    Step 12

    After about 15 minutes depending on the size of the breast, the chicken should be done and to confirm make a small cut next to a bone and if the liquid is clear, the the chicken is ready.

    Step 13

    Set the chicken aside.

    Step 14

    Allow the liquid to simmer and reduce for about 5 minutes or until slightly thickened under medium heat.

    Step 15

    Crush about 5 cloves of garlic using a fork and discard the rest(optional)

    Step 16

    Reduce until slightly thick.

    Step 17

    Add the cream

    Step 18

    Return the chicken to the sauce as well as the thyme.

    Step 19

    Cook until heated through then taste and adjust the seasoning

    Step 20

    Serve with with boiled new potatoes or your favourite accompaniment.

    Step 21

    A closer look

    Step 22

    Look forward to get your feedback after you try out this tasty to die for meal that will surprise your mouth!