Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Garlic Chicken

Wow, long time no post. I apologize for my disappearance from the Internet, however I am back with the EASIEST dish you will ever make (and it's quite delicious too). Garlic Chicken is a wonderful way to serve roasted chicken and you can do it in under 10 steps! The basic premise of this dish is to slowly roast the chicken with garlic until the garlic caramelizes. This will turn the bitter garlic into a sweet treat!

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 30-40 cloves of garlic
  • Fresh thyme
  • Your favorite chicken rub
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

First, take your chicken and break it down to 8 pieces. You can buy a chicken that is already chopped up, but it's a little more expensive and everyone should know how to butcher their own chicken anyway.

You should end up with eight pieces. 2 wings, 2 legs, and 4 breasts (cut the two full breasts in half horizontally). Make sure you save the backbone and all those other pieces for chicken stock and clean your counters with an antibacterial soap if your chicken touches it like I know mine did.

Sprinkle your chicken with your favorite chicken rub and a little salt and pepper (both on top of and underneath the skin). I am using McCormick's Grill Mates Chicken Rub but feel free to substitute with your favorite seasoning.

Now here is the toughest step, peeling clove after clove after clover of garlic. It's a painstaking chore and luckily my wonderful girlfriend volunteered (or was forced, it's a grey area) to do this step for me. Bless her little heart :)

Next get a roasting pan and liberally place garlic and thyme across the bottom.

Place the chicken on top of that.

Next, add some lemons (sliced up in eighths).

Then comes more garlic and thyme.

Drizzle the whole thing with the half cup of olive oil and then throw into an oven that's been preheated to 350°.

Leave it in there for a solid 90 minutes. The last couple minutes I like to turn on the broiler to get a nice char on the skin. The final result is wonderfully flavorful, falls off the bone and should look surprisingly like this:


  1. A few comments...
    1) Geez! It's about time you posted a recipe and updated your blog. :)
    2) Did you have a typo, or does this thing really take 30-40 cloves of garlic?
    3) You have a very sweet girlfriend, and that's probably why she was wiling to help with the garlic!

  2. 1) I know, I've been awful lately. Thanks for the reminder!
    2) That is not a typo, we used almost 2 full heads of garlic here.
    3) Yes, she is!

  3. I ate this and it was delicious. The garlic wasn't strong at all.