Spanish Garlic Chicken – Pollo Al Ajillo

Spanish Garlic Chicken

Spanish garlic chicken or Pollo al Ajillo is a flavorful dish that puts a different spin on your classic roast chicken. The end result is brown and crisp chicken in garlic and wine sauce. It’s bold and delicious and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. You may have what you need in your pantry right now!

There are many recipes out there but traditional Spanish garlic chicken is made with wine and you guessed it, lots of garlic! This particular recipe uses white wine but you can substitute red wine, sherry wine, or even brandy. It comes down to your personal preference and what kind of flavor profile you are going for.

This is a great meal that you don’t really need to prep for, making it perfect for a busy workday. With the weather getting colder, it’s also a great comforting dish that will warm you up on a chilly day.

Spanish Garlic Chicken

Spanish Garlic Chicken

Nicola Turner
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course dinner, Main Meal
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 4


  • large nonstick skillet with a cover


  • 4 bone in skin on chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic smashed or roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley for garnish
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  • Heat skillet to medium high heat
  • Season chicken on both sides with some salt and pepper
  • Add olive oil to the skillet
  • Add chicken thighs skin side down and brown on each side about 3-5 minutes
  • Leave chicken in hot skillet, skin side up
  • Lower heat to medium-low
  • Add garlic, thyme, rosemary, paprika, and bay leaves to the skillet and stir it to combine
  • Cover and cook for about 3 minutes
  • Add chicken stock and white wine to the skillet and increase the heat back to medium high and replace the cover
  • Allow the wine to cook down, about 5-7 minutes
  • Add lemon juice and stir
  • Garnish with fresh parsley
  • Serve and enjoy


  1. Remember to remove bay leaves before serving. They are simply used as aromatic.
  2. You can always use chicken broth instead of chicken stock.
  3. If you want more garlic flavor, you can add 2-3 more cloves.
  4. It is traditionally served over rice but you can also use potatoes. I prefer them cubed, seasoned as you like, and then roasted.
  5. Alternatively, you can cook this dish in a dutch oven and put it in the oven instead of on the stovetop.
Keyword chicken recipes, garlic sauce

Common Questions About Pollo Al Ajillo

What are Pollo Al Ajillo made of?

They are made from chicken which is cooked with generous amounts of garlic, rosemary, and thyme.

What is Spanish Chicken made of?

It is made with chicken thighs – this cut of the chicken usually offers the most flavor.

Can I reheat Spanish Chicken?

Spanish chicken can be reheated by taking the normal precautions of any chicken dish. Ensure that the chicken is covered and refrigerated then cook until piping hot throughout when reheating.

Nicola Turner

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