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Garlic-Sizzled Chicken (Pollo Al Ajillo)

I discovered this great tapas recipe recently, Pollo Al Ajillo. The chicken wings are so crispy and tasty! Make sure you have some fries or bread to dip into the fragrant oil. Do try the recipe, I bet you will like it!

Recipe adapted from Traditional Spanish Cooking By Janet Mendel

Garlic-Sizzled Chicken (Pollo Al Ajillo)


1 kg (2 lb 3oz) Chicken Wings
Sea Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Paprika-I used 1 1/2 tsp of Paprika & 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
10 Cloves Garlic (2 whole & 8 chopped)
5 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Bay Leaf
150ml (1/4 pint) Sherry (amontillado or oloroso seco or dry Sherry plus a little Brandy de Jerez)-I used Brandy
Chopped Parsley


Cut off the wing tips and discard (use them for stock). Divide each wing into two joints. Rub the chicken pieces of chicken pieces with, salt, pepper and paprika. Smash two garlic cloves without peeling.

Heat the oil in frying pan or cazuela and add the pieces of the chicken and the 2 garlic cloves. Fry until the chicken is golden. Add the remaining chopped garlic and continue frying.

Then add the Sherry and continue cooking until most of the liquid is absorbed and the chicken is tender, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped parsley to garnish.


  1. That is an absolutely amazing looking chicken recipe!

  2. looks at the color on that chicken! amazing.

  3. these look scrumptious! will try on the grill once the rain stops

  4. looks totally delicious and amazing...can't wait to try it.

  5. Love your site. I was happy to see a local foodie.
    At least I know I should be able to find the ingredients you use when I try a recipe.

  6. Looks absolutely delicious! Love the colour, looks so appetising.

  7. Just stumbled upon your post. Your chicken looks fantastic! Sounds delicious with the garlic.

  8. @Jason @ Jason's BBQ Adventures: They are tasty too!

    @LK- Healthy Delicious: Thanks :)

    @saucy apron: I like cooking outdoors too!

    @Joanne Choi: Do try making them and let me know the results.

    @Lori E: Thanks and yes, you can find most of the ingredients from my site in Vancouver.

  9. @pigpigscorner: Thanks. I'm thinking of making them again ;)

    @- bcgw: Thanks.

    @aliefrahman: Thanks.

    @lisaiscooking: Thanks for the stumble. Hope you will try the recipe too :)

  10. I just made this and it was wonderful my daughter loved it as well

  11. my mouth is watering... you have a really delicious blog! Cheers!

  12. im just wondering.. what can you use if there's no sherry available? what substitute can we use? im planning to cook this dish on my girlfriend's birthday.. i hope you answer soon.. thanks!

  13. @a-anntot: You can substitute the sherry with brandy. Or you can check out about alcohol substitutes for cooking. Good luck and have fun and cooking :)

  14. Made these for the family tonight & was a big hit. I love recipes that have few ingredients but are big on taste. Thanks for sharing!

  15. These are amazing!! So easy and delicious. Thank you for this recipe :)

  16. Hi

    I was wondering what size skillet did you use to cook all those wings in one application. Also, you have a bay leaf listed in the ingredient list, when is this incorporated into the dish.

  17. @Jackie: If I'm not mistaken I used the 24cm sized skillet and cooked the chicken in 2 batches for even heating. Add the bay leaf right after frying all the chicken together with the remaining garlic.


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