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Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

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Here's a simple way to turn roast chicken into a special dish: Give it a French twist. Instead of making your standard roast-chicken recipe, why not try this iconic Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic. (Yes, 40 cloves. Really!) The super-short ingredient list will give you an idea of how easy it is to make. The chicken browns beautifully and the mingling juices and the butter mellow the garlic (we like to roast it in a cast-iron skillet), making a truly impressive dish that takes almost no effort at all.

Cooking Recipe

Servings: 4
Cook Time: 1 hour & 5 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes

40 garlic cloves (3 to 4 heads), unpeeled
1 whole chicken (3 1/2 to 4 pounds), rinsed and patted dry (giblets removed)
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
Coarse salt and ground pepper
6 sprigs fresh thyme

1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Place garlic in a medium bowl; cover with another same-size bowl, creating a dome. Hold bowls together tightly, and shake vigorously until skins are loosened, about 30 seconds. Remove and discard skins; set garlic aside.

2. Place chicken in a large ovenproof skillet or roasting pan. Rub all over with 1 tablespoon butter; season with salt and pepper. Add thyme, garlic, and remaining tablespoon butter to skillet.

3. Roast, basting occasionally with juices and stirring garlic, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of a thigh (avoiding bone) registers 165 degrees, 45 to 60 minutes. Transfer to a platter, and let rest 10 minutes. Carve chicken, and serve with garlic and pan juices.

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
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