Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Coat the bottom of large dutch oven set over medium high heat with olive oil ( approximately two tablespoons ).
Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the chicken pieces, and place each piece skin-side down in the dutch oven.
Once the skin-side of the chicken pieces are brown and crispy, remove the dutch oven from heat. Place the garlic cloves and thyme on top of the chicken. It's fine if not everything is directly on top of chicken pieces. Some of it in inevitably going to fall onto the pan.
Drizzle the remaining olive oil over everything, place the lid on the dutch oven, and bake for 1 1/2 hour.