Easy, best ever garlic Italian chicken! If desired, serve with plain white rice and a green vegetable such as broccoli or green beans.



Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


  • In a large skillet, brown the chicken pieces in oil and cook for about 15 minutes over medium heat.

  • Crush garlic cloves and squeeze over chicken. Cover skillet and cook over low heat for 10 minutes each side. Remove cover, sprinkle with red pepper flakes and salt to taste, add water and simmer over low heat until water evaporates and the chicken pieces are sticky and yummy!

Nutrition Facts

305 calories; 18.1 g total fat; 105 mg cholesterol; 99 mg sodium. 3.9 g carbohydrates; 30.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (66)

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89 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 41
  • 4 star values: 32
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
I tried this out recently and it was great. I'm only a beginner when it comes to cooking and this recipe seems pretty straightforward and easy to make. Moreover the ingredients were quite easy to get hold of which is a plus. I thought at first that it might taste a bit too bland since you don't even marinate the chicken in any sauce you just basically fry it and then add ingredients while cooking. But I guess the key to the taste is letting the chicken simmer in all that pepper and garlic. The second time I tried it was not as successful -- think this is because I used too much oil. So the key is to let it simmer in as little oil as possible so that by the time you put in the water the water can evaporate so that the taste clings to the chicken. Happy cooking! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very good and tasty. I made it with some modifications. Rubbed the chicken with lemon pepper (as recommended by 1 reviewer) and italian seasoning. I also added a squirt of lemon to the water for simmering. Wonderfully delicious chicken. Will definitely cook this again. Thanks Lottie =) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
this was very very good - i have made it a few times with other cuts of chicken... i think that definitely using a cut with the bone in is the best... i did try it with boneless breasts & used them in a sandwhich the next day.. yummy!! overall I think this is a tasty recipe with subtle flavor... do not serve with an overpowering side dish!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
My family really liked this chicken. It was tender and juicy. The skin stayed nice and crispy. I did omit the crushed red pepper for my son and husband who don't like spicy food. However the crushed garlic and salt added enough flavor that it was still good. This is a definite "keeper". It was also very easy. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was so easy and excellent! For a little added tang I rubbed the chicken with lemon pepper and added lemon juice with the 1/2 cup of water. Absolutely great!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I made this recipe for my husband after I had my daughter and I needed something easy and good to make. It was really yummy. I added a touch of honey to the garlic to give it a little zest. And used lemon pepper. Served with cabbage and white rice it made an excellent meal. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
We loved this recipe. There are no kids here but we enjoyed it. It might be a little to spicy for children but mouth watering for adults. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
My oven died on me so I was in search of a stovetop chicken leg recipe! This one is it! Very good chicken. I've made it three times now and I've managed to make it perfectly one time. The other two times I think I cooked too fast with the oil in the beginning step. Try try again! I'll keep on trying until I get it down! Thanks! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
i found the chicken to be not so great BUT I am thinking it could have just been the chicken I used the chicken seem fatty? anyone know of a certain brand to get? I'm sorry if this sounds stupid but I'm a foreigner trying new things. Read More