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40 Clove Chicken

Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 38 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, French
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Basil and Bubbly


  • 1 3 to 4 lb chicken cut into 8 pieces
  • 40 cloves peeled garlic
  • 10 sprigs thyme I have lemon thyme growing in my garden and usually use that for this recipe
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  • 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.