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Baked Roasted Garlic Chicken

It’s rustic and casual but it’s still a showstopper.

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I’ve always had this fascination with Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic because it just feels so over the top. 40 cloves! That’s so many! It almost seems like sheer madness and yet it absolutely works, in the very tastiest way. This Baked Roasted Garlic Chicken is the more approachable weeknight version of that dish, more or less. You don’t need quite 40 cloves (nor do you need a whole chicken) but it’s still all about the sweet and nutty roasted garlic flavor. And all about just how delicious baked chicken can be.

This recipe uses chicken thighs and takes just thirty minutes of cooking time so it’s a little more casual of a chicken dinner than its inspiration. You’ll need four to six chicken thighs (bone-in, skin-on please), some olive oil, and onion, just 20 cloves of garlic, some thyme, some flour, white wine, and a bit of chicken broth. It’s not just about the chicken and garlic, see, it also comes with an irresistible pan sauce.

You’ll season and sear your chicken first, without worrying about cooking it through at this point. You just want to get some nice color on the skin and give it a chance to crisp up. Using the residual oil and fat that’s released into the pan, you’ll cook down the onions and garlic until they start to soften, just about five minutes, while the chicken hangs out on a plate.

Leave your garlic cloves whole! You won’t get the same flavor effect with minced or sliced garlic.

Then it’s time to build the sauce by stirring in flour and thyme and then using white wine to deglaze the pan. Chicken stock rounds out the sauce and then the chicken can hop back into the pan to finish cooking through.

It should only take about fifteen minutes in the oven for the chicken to finish cooking through. As long as your pan is tightly covered, the sauce should still be plentiful and those garlic cloves will definitely come out soft, sweet, and oh-so-delicious. Happy cooking!

Serves 4-6

10m prep time

30m cook time

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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4-6 lbs bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 20 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper, then add to skillet and brown on both sides, about 3-5 minutes per side. Work in batches if needed. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add onion and garlic to skillet, and cook until onions have started to soften and take on a little color, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in thyme and flour and cook 1 minute more.
  5. Stir in wine and deglaze pan by scraping up any brown bits from the bottom with a wooden spoon. Stir in chicken broth.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then nestle chicken back into the pan. Cover and bake until chicken is cooked through (reaches 165°F on a thermometer) and tender, about 15 minutes.
  7. (Alternatively, you can reduce heat to medium-low and simmer on the stovetop for 15 minutes.)
  8. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Closet Cooking.