Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic and Potatoes

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Servings: 6

In this French bistro classic, a generous quantity of garlic mellows and sweetens as it cooks, leaving behind a nutty flavor that pairs well with chicken. Potatoes are cooked alongside the chicken, picking up the flavor of the chicken and garlic as they roast.


  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 8 small bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, about 2 1/2 lb. (1.25 kg) total
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 40 garlic cloves, peeled but left whole
  • 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup (6 fl. oz./180 ml) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 6 red-skinned potatoes, about 3/4 lb. (375 g) total, scrubbed and quartered
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs


Preheat an oven to 350°F (180°C).

In a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, melt 1 Tbs. of the butter with 1 Tbs. of the olive oil. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper. Working in batches as needed to avoid crowding, add the chicken to the hot pan, skin side down, and cook, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 6 minutes per side. Transfer each batch, skin side up, to a 9-by-13-inch (23-by-33-cm) baking dish as it’s finished. Set aside. Do not wipe the pan clean and keep it over medium-high heat.

Add the garlic to the saucepan and cook, stirring often, until lightly browned and beginning to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, spread the garlic all over the chicken.

Add the wine to the hot saucepan, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan, and bring to a simmer. Cook until the liquid reduces by half, about 2 minutes. Add the broth and return to a simmer. Add the remaining 1 Tbs. butter. When the butter has melted, season well with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Carefully pour the sauce all over the chicken and garlic.

In a bowl, toss the potatoes with the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Tuck the potatoes in the baking dish all around the chicken. Scatter the thyme sprigs over the top.

Roast until the potatoes are fork-tender and the chicken is opaque throughout and the juices run clear, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Chicken Night, by Kate McMillan (Weldon Owen, 2014)

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