40 clove chicken
Jim and I are huge fans of roasted garlic and we were sure we were going to love this dish. What’s not to love, right? With all that garlic, I was hoping the chicken would be totally infused with flavor and it would be the best we’ve eaten. Unfortunately, it was just pretty ordinary. Not even a garlicky taste to the chicken, though it really did have 40 cloves baked with it. Overall, I’m sad to say I was disappointed. There are some other 40 clove chicken recipes out there that I might try another time, but I don’t think I’ll bother with this one again.
Recipe: 40 Clove Chicken
(from Food Network)
1 whole broiler/fryer chicken, cut into 8 pieces (I used 6 chicken breasts instead.)
1/2 c. plus 2 Tbsp. olive oil
10 sprigs fresh thyme
40 peeled garlic cloves
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 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.