Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
Andrea Bemis
AuthorAndrea Bemis
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"This is one of those awesome spring recipes to make while it’s still cool in the evenings," writes Andrea Bemis in the cookbook, Local Dirt: Seasonal Recipes for Eating Close to Home. "You’ll most likely be using overwintered garlic cloves and potatoes, unless you’re lucky enough to get some new potatoes in certain parts of the country. This is a crowd-pleasing dish that’s simple to prepare for a weeknight and elegant enough for a dinner party. Serve it with a baguette to mop up any pan juices."
 
Tip: To localize it, swap rabbit, quail, duck, or any game bird for the chicken. Use turnips instead of potatoes. Rosemary or oregano instead of thyme would work, or a mix of all.

How to Make It

1

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

2

Melt the cooking fat in a large, heavy saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, season the chicken thighs on all sides with salt and pepper. Add the chicken in batches to the hot pan, skin side down, taking care to avoid crowding, and cook them for about 6 minutes or until they are golden brown; turn and repeat on the other side. Transfer each browned batch to a plate and set aside.

3

Add the garlic to the saucepan and cook, stirring often, until the cloves are lightly browned and beginning to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour the wine into the hot saucepan and stir to scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan; bring the wine to a simmer. Cook until it reduces by half, about 2 minutes. Add the broth and return the mixture to a simmer. Add the potatoes and season with salt and pepper.

4

Tuck the browned chicken thighs in a single layer between the potatoes. Spoon some of the cooking liquid over the chicken thighs. Scatter with the thyme springs and parsley.

5

Roast in the oven until the potatoes are fork-tender and the chicken is cooked through, 35 to 40 minutes.

6

Serve the chicken and potatoes with a drizzle of the pan juices.

Ingredients

 2 tbsp cooking fat (butter, lard, bacon fat, oil, or ghee)
 8 small bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
 salt and freshly ground black pepper
 40 garlic cloves, peeled
 ¼ cup dry white wine
 ¾ cup homemade or low-sodium chicken broth
 1 lb small potatoes, halved
 6 fresh thyme sprigs
 small bunch of parsley, roughly chopped

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

2

Melt the cooking fat in a large, heavy saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, season the chicken thighs on all sides with salt and pepper. Add the chicken in batches to the hot pan, skin side down, taking care to avoid crowding, and cook them for about 6 minutes or until they are golden brown; turn and repeat on the other side. Transfer each browned batch to a plate and set aside.

3

Add the garlic to the saucepan and cook, stirring often, until the cloves are lightly browned and beginning to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour the wine into the hot saucepan and stir to scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan; bring the wine to a simmer. Cook until it reduces by half, about 2 minutes. Add the broth and return the mixture to a simmer. Add the potatoes and season with salt and pepper.

4

Tuck the browned chicken thighs in a single layer between the potatoes. Spoon some of the cooking liquid over the chicken thighs. Scatter with the thyme springs and parsley.

5

Roast in the oven until the potatoes are fork-tender and the chicken is cooked through, 35 to 40 minutes.

6

Serve the chicken and potatoes with a drizzle of the pan juices.

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic