Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
This dish is just as tasty as it looks!!! I love chicken and I love garlic! Most 40 clove chicken recipes call for a whole chicken but I find that chicken breasts are not quite as tender as drumsticks and thighs (Feel free to use boneless thighs if you want!). So instead of using a whole chicken, I use drumsticks and thighs resulting in a succulent bite each and every time.
2 tablespoons olive oil
kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
4 chicken drumsticks
4 chicken thighs (bone in or boneless, with skin)
40 cloves garlic, peeled
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup half and half
chopped fresh parsley
Special Equipment: Round French Oven
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven or other oven proof pot over medium heat. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. In batches, cook chicken until browned. About 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a separate platter. Set aside.
Reserve 2 tablespoons of pan drippings, add in garlic, thyme and rosemary. Cook until garlic browns slightly, stirring often, about 2 minutes.
Return chicken to pan, pour chicken stock and wine over the top. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Remove lid and bake an additional 10 minutes. If you would like the chicken skin crispier turn on the broiler for a couple of minutes.
Remove chicken from oven. Transfer chicken to a serving platter and cover to keep warm. Place dutch oven back on the stove and turn heat to medium. Bring to a boil. Stir 1 tablespoon of hot pan drippings into the half and half to temper it. Reduce heat and slowly whisk tempered half in half into sauce. Cook 3 – 5 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly. Spoon sauce over chicken, sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Serves 5-6 people.
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