If you have read this blog for any length of time, you know that my family is addicted to the Food Network. One of our favorite shows is "Good Eats" with host Alton Brown. About a year ago, he did a show about garlic and featured a dish called "40 Cloves and a Chicken". It is now one of our family's favorite meals. I usually make it with chicken thighs (cheaper than a whole chicken) then serve it with homemade french bread. We spread the cooked garlic on the bread and then dip it into the oil. Yummy!
- 1 whole chicken (broiler/fryer) cut into 8 pieces
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 10 sprigs fresh thyme
- 40 peeled cloves garlic
- Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Season chicken with salt and pepper. Toss with a 2 tablespoons olive oil and brown on both sides in a wide fry pan or skillet over high heat. Remove from heat, add oil, thyme, and garlic cloves. Cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
Remove chicken from the oven, let rest for 5 to 10 minutes, carve, and serve.