Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday - 40 Cloves and a Chicken

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.


Enjoy!  Check out Food Network for more great recipes!  And, don't forget to see what others are saying on Tempt My Tummy Tuesday!


Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Hey Catherine, I am so glad you joined us,today, for TMTT. I have seen several recipes like this one, and always wondered about it. So, since you give it such a good review, I will have to finally try it! Plus, who doesn't trust Alton! Keep coming back to TMTT, with more good recipes.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Hi there. I had to stop at 25 I think on the linky list yesterday for TMTT. I have heard of this so much, lots of versions I believe. One of these days I'll have to try it!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey, our family loves this kind of chicken meal too! I don't actually follow a recipe--just sprinkle the chicken with various herbs/seasonings, throw in a bunch of whole garlic cloves, and drizzle some olive oil and roast in my roasting pan (lid on). If I put potatoes in the roaster too, we love to squash the cooked garlic into the potatoes on our plate. When I make gravy out of the drippings, I usually add some soy sauce and a splash of lemon juice for some tang. Mmmmmmm...... Takes about 2 days for the garlic smell to clear out of the house, though! :)