Lebanese Garlic Chicken: A Flavor-Packed Feast


Indulge in the rich and aromatic world of Lebanese Garlic Chicken, a dish that masterfully combines succulent chicken with a bold garlic flavor. This Lebanese specialty is known for its marinated chicken bathed in a fragrant garlic sauce, creating a delightful experience for garlic lovers. It's a perfect fusion of traditional Middle Eastern spices and tender chicken, ideal for a family dinner or a special occasion.

Lebanese Garlic Chicken: A Flavor-Packed Feast

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes (plus marinating time)
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour (excluding marinating time)

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 chicken quarter
  • Genuine Nutritional Profile (Per Serving)
  • Calories: 360 kcal
  • Protein: 28g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fat: 25g
  • Cholesterol: 95mg
  • Sodium: 620mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 1g


  • Chicken quarters: 4 (about 1.2 kg / 2.6 lbs total)
  • Fresh garlic, minced: 30g (1 oz)
  • Olive oil: 60ml (2 oz)
  • Lemon juice: 30ml (1 oz)
  • Ground cumin: 5g (0.2 oz)
  • Paprika: 5g (0.2 oz)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Marinate the Chicken: In a large bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken quarters, coating them thoroughly with the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  2. Bake: Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Place the chicken in a baking dish and bake for 45 minutes, or until the chicken is golden and cooked through.
  3. Serve: Remove from the oven and let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Marinating Time: The longer the chicken marinates, the more flavorful it will be.
  • Garlic Intensity: Adjust the amount of garlic based on your preference.
  • Crispy Skin: For a crispier skin, broil the chicken for the last few minutes of cooking.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I grill the chicken instead of baking?

Yes, grilling will add a delightful smoky flavor to the dish.

What can I serve with Lebanese Garlic Chicken?

Pair it with Lebanese rice, a fresh salad, or flatbread.

Can I use chicken breasts instead of quarters?

Yes, but adjust the cooking time as breasts cook faster.

How do I store and reheat leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven.