Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic

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  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 40 garlic cloves, skin removed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups good white wine
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • Italian parsley leaves, red pepper flakes and lemon wedges for garnish


    Preheat oven to 400°F.

    Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper on both sides.

    Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
    Add chicken thighs, skin-side down, and sear both sides until golden, about 3 minutes per side.
    Remove chicken from pan and set aside.

    Melt remaining tablespoon of butter in the skillet.
    Add garlic cloves and stir frequently until golden brown.

    Add the wine to the pan and scrape up any chicken bits with a wooden spoon or spatula.
    Stir in the brown sugar, honey and fresh thyme until combined, then add the seared chicken back to the pan.

    Place the skillet into the preheated oven and roast until completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165°F, about 25-30 minutes.

    Remove the chicken from the pan and add the flour, cream and lemon zest to the drippings.
    Allow the sauce to come to a boil and remove from heat.
    Stir in more white wine to the sauce if it appears too thick.

    Serve chicken over garlic mashed potatoes smothered in a spoonful of pan sauce, and garnish with fresh parsley and lemon wedges.

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    1. a

      This recipe is amazing!

    2. J

      I will be making this again! Thanks for sharing.

    3. W

      I admittedly made a few changes, but I think the concept is the same and made it so good.

    4. j

      What an absolutely wonderful recipe

    5. S

      I loved it,I made it for a very dear friend and she was impressed

    6. M

      Thanks for the suggestion!

    7. a

      I made these for thanksgiving, people said they were good.

    8. L

      Oh my goodness this is the most amazing recipe ever!

    9. A

      I love this recipe

    10. V

      Made this last night and I absolutely love it.

    11. N

      Made this for a gathering last night. Everyone raved and asked for the recipe. I was almost embarrassed by how easy it it. Spectacular dish!

    12. a

      Oh my, was this delicious! I made this last night when I thought company was coming over. They ended up staying home and so I had this amazing all to myself.

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