Wednesday, May 2, 2012

40 Clove Garlic Chicken

Ok, this may sound like a LOT of garlic. But the garlic roasts, and it mellows and sweetens and becomes heavenly...Trust me.

Chicken can be kinda bland and ho hum. This chicken is cooked in 40+ cloves of garlic, wine, butter, and olive oil. It has flavor... Big time

You can use whatever type of chicken you want. This is my go to recipe when thighs are on sale

40 Clove Garlic Chicken
Adapted from BarefootContessa


3 heads of garlic,peeled. (or buy it pre peeled! WORTH it this time around)
8 (or more) bone in, skin on chicken thighs
salt and pepper
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups white wine
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1/4 tsp dried thyme)
2 tbsp flour

  • 2 tbsp heavy cream

Dry the chicken well. Coat generously with salt and pepper. Both sides

Add the butter an oil to a large pot (or Dutch oven) on medium high heat

Add the chicken, skin side down, it batches. Brown well on each side. About 3-5 minutes each. 

Remove chicken. 

Add garlic to oil and lower heat to medium. Cook 5-10 minutes stirring often until garlic is brown.

Add the wine and bring to boil. Be sure to scrape off all the brown bits on the bottom.

Add the chicken and thyme.

Cover and simmer 30 minutes.

Remove chicken. Cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

Take out 1/2 cup of the sauce. Add flour. Whisk well and return to the pot. 

Add the cream and cook 3 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Pour over chicken and serve hot

Cloves are good smushed into a nice crusty bread

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