November 15, 2022

Garlic Chicken

As garlic lovers, we were looking forward to 40 Cloves and a Chicken. I started out by quartering a chicken – something that we’ve done a few times so far in this project and I’m starting to get a little better at.


The recipe was pretty easy, just browning up the chicken and tossing it with a bunch of garlic and olive oil. For the garlic, I used a package of pre-peeled cloves from Whole Foods, which might be cheating but… really didn’t want to peel 40 fresh cloves.

ready to cook

After roasting for 1.5hr, it looked amazing. The garlic cloves were perfectly cooked, and the legs and thighs were perfect. However, the breasts were almost inedibly dry. The reviews on the Food Network site mentioned this, but surprisingly only some of them. One thing we loved though, was eating the roasted garlic on toasts. I put them in a bowl along with the oil from the pan. It was amazing.

cooked chicken

So even though the breasts were a 2, the dark meat was a definite 4. If I did this again, I would only use legs and thighs, and would probably only cook it for 45 minutes or so.

40 Cloves and a Chicken

  • Crowd: 3/5
  • Ease: 3/5
  • Rather than 1.5 hr, I think 45 min would have done the trick
  • Doing this again with just legs and/or thighs would be great