I’ve been reading so many great reviews about 40 cloves chicken. That is chicken baked/cooked with 40 (yes, 40) cloves of garlic!
There are so many recipes out there, however, so I decided to rely on my tried and true recipe maven, Alton Brown. In reading some of the reviews from the Food Network site, people recommended that I watch him make this. So, I did!
You’ll have to fast forward a little to get to the part where he makes the chicken.
Of course, as you might know, Alton Brown’s show contains characters that add a little humor to the episode. Sorry if vampires aren’t your thing…hehe…vampires, garlic? Ok, maybe too obvious. It made me chuckle.
I ended up making this in a stainless steel shallow pot as well, and it came out beautifully. Very simple too! The flavor was definitely garlic, but not overwhelming. I also took Alton’s suggestion to make garlic french bread with the spreadable garlic and leftover oil. Simply yummy!
The next day, I shredded the leftover chicken to put in some cajun jambalaya. Yum yum yum!
40 Cloves and a Chicken
Source: Alton Brown
- 1 whole chicken (broiler/fryer) cut into 8 pieces (we used 3 bone-in chicken breasts..cut in half)
- 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.