I don’t know if I like this better than Hunger Games series or not. I kind of feel they’re both different in their own ways which makes them so good so you can’t really choose between them. Now I can’t wait to see Divergent this weekend. I’m dragging Jason along to see it in IMAX so I hope he likes it. He dragged me to see Ender’s Game (which I loved despite my protests) so I think I have every right to drag him (lovingly) to see Divergent. I think he’ll like it. I’ve already been watching the trailer and I love that since I just finished the book, everything will be fresh in my mind so I’ll know exactly what is going on. The all-star cast they have going on in this movie is great, too. Omg – FITZ (Scandal lovers, you know what I’m talking about) is in the movie. I’m going to be watching the movie and waiting for Olivia Pope to jump out of the shadows and drop kick someone. Hahaha..oh my imagination.
So, I didn’t have very much faith in this chicken. I mean, I’m a huge garlic girl but dude, 40 cloves?! And then I thought of the whole peeling process. I almost didn’t make this and I’m so glad I did. Seriously – pre-peeled garlic is an investment if you want to make this dish. They sell little bags of it in the produce department so you can get it for this dish and not get it again, but after you realize how awesome pre-peeled garlic is, why wouldn’t you get it again? It’s all I use now and I get it in huge bags from Costco. I use so much garlic in cooking that it’s worth it.
Anyway, so the sauce is sooo creamy and flavorful and SWEET. Not like sugary sweet but like a caramelized, cooked down kind of sweet. It’s all from the garlic. When you cook down garlic, it is not as potent anymore as you think and the garlic flavor is completely mellowed out. It’s super sweet and flavorful. It’s kinda like roasted garlic – that sweet aroma and taste. This is a classic recipe and I’m not sure where it originates but everyone has linked to Ina Garten so I’m assuming she started the buzz over this but I’m not quite sure! Regardless of whom started the buzz, this is a seriously awesome chicken dish that you need to put on your menu asap!!
Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.
- 2 1/2 pounds chicken thighs, skin on
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 40 cloves garlic, peeled*
- 1 1/2 cups white wine, I used a Sauvignon Blanc
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp dark brown sugar, packed
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Pat the chicken dry on both sides with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.
- Melt the butter in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, skin-side down to the pan. Do it in batches so you don't overcrowd the pan. You want the skin to have a nice color to it. Brown the chicken for 5 minutes on one side, flip then cook for another 5 minutes. Remove the chicken to a large bowl and repeat until all chicken has cooked.
- Once all the chicken has browned, lower the heat then add the olive oil and all the garlic and sauté the garlic for 5-10 minutes until golden. You'll want to constantly stir otherwise the garlic will burn.
- Add the wine, turn up the heat, and using a wooden spoon, scrape the bottom of the pan to get up the browned bits. Return the chicken to the pot, with the liquid that has accumulated at the bottom of the bowl. Sprinkle the thyme over top, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, remove the chicken and place on a plate.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour and 1/2 cup of the liquid from the pan. Pour back into the pan and whisk until the liquid thickens. Finally, whisk in the dark brown sugar and heavy cream. Turn off the heat. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
- Spoon sauce mixture and garlic over the plated chicken.
- Serve hot with rice or vegetables.
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