Dinner Tonight: Chicken with 40 Garlic Cloves

Have you ever heard of eating Chicken with 40 Garlic Cloves?  It’s a pretty common recipe that you can find in most cookbooks.  Since we’re garlic obsessed over here, I thought it was time to try it.  Here’s the thing about roasting garlic…when you roast it, it becomes sweet and mild.  Believe it or not, you will want to eat all 40 cloves of garlic.  I also loved this meal because it was super simple.  It took me about 5 minutes to prep and only 25 minutes to cook.  Plus, I used a foil lined baking sheet, so clean up with a cinch too.  Dinner is served.
Shopping List
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
5-6 bulbs of garlic
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Lots of salt and pepper
parsley to garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with Pam.
Lay each piece of chicken across the baking sheet.  Remove the garlic cloves from the bulbs and count out 40 of them.  Peel all of the cloves (if you press the end of your knife against the clove, the garlic will kind of pop out of its shell…it’s ok if the cloves aren’t perfectly in shape…they can be a little smushed from you pressing against them to get them unpeeled).
Scatter the 40 cloves on top of and around the chicken.  Drizzle a liberal amount of EVOO over the chicken and garlic (about 4-5 tablespoons over all of the chicken).  Sprinkle with a generous amount of salt and pepper.  Take another piece of foil and cover the baking dish, so that the chicken is covered tightly. 
Bake 20 minutes then remove the top foil and continue baking another 5-7 minutes.
Serve each piece of chicken with generous amounts of garlic and garnish with parsley.
You can serve pasta alongside this meal but we ate it with crusty bread.  Crusty bread and roasted garlic are a match made in heaven.  Happy Dinner!
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  • Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking July 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    This chicken recipe looks so delicious and flavorful! I bet it tastes amazing. Love your blog and am so glad to have found you!

  • Tiffany July 12, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I love roasted garlic! I have put it on pizza but never thought about chicken. Great idea!

  • Karissa July 14, 2012 at 4:39 am

    40 cloves of garlic? I'm in. I also noticed a Dr. Pepper bundt cake in the list — it doesn't get much better than that. Your blog is so cute, thank you for sharing your recipes!


  • 20 Going on 80 July 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Yup. This needs to happen. Garlic + Me = Lovaahhs.

  • Raquel July 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I make something similar, but its with chicken on the bone- i prefer bottoms, but either is fine. You scatter the garlic all around the chicken shake some paprika and bit of pepper over the top Then- here is the secret… vinegar! sprinkle some over the top, about 3-5 Tablespoons. Bake covered and then uncover at the end to crisp chicken. Comes out so juicy and you will never know there was vinegar in it! Love your blog!!!!

  • Katie @ Heart Gone Walking July 18, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Mmmmmm this sounds so good. I'm always looking for dairy-free recipes that aren't full of weird ingredients and I love roasted garlic. Thanks!

  • Jack's Mom April 1, 2014 at 2:01 am

    I have to admit I was a skeptic, but this was delicious!!!!