Forty Clove Chicken – Naturally GF

Eating gluten free does not have to be boring and many recipes happen to be naturally gluten free, such Forty Clove Chicken. This recipe does take some time to prepare and it is nice to have an assistant to stir the sauce.  The sauce is a thick gravy and no flour is needed.  Even though there is a lot of garlic in the recipe, it doesn’t have a garlicky taste (or after taste). I like to serve this dish with rice, mashed potatoes or polenta and a vegetable choice of summer squash or broccoli.

This recipe calls for a wide Dutch oven that can go into the oven.

The original recipe uses 2 four pound chickens cut into 8 pieces.  I keep it simpler and buy the chicken pieces that I perfer.  You can be very versatile in your choice and as I am usually cooking for two, I use 2 bone-in breast and 4 thighs which is about 5 pounds and assures left-overs.

Ingredients

8 lbs of chicken (see note above)

salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

3 tablespoons of olive oil

40 garlic cloves. peeled

1 tablespoon of fresh minced rosemary

1 tablespoon of fresh minced thyme

dried herbs work just as well

zest of 2 lemons  zest is the outside rind of the lemon

1/4 cup of white wine (can use all chicken stock instead of wine)

3/4 cup of chicken stock

3 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature cut into pieces

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees

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Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil in the Dutch oven with medium high heat

Brown chicken in batches 2 to 3 minutes per side and transfer to a plate

Add garlic to the pan and stir for 1 minute, then remove the pan from the heat

Add chicken, rosemary, thyme and zest stirring to combine

Cover the pan and roast in the oven for 20 minutes then baste

Remove lid and roast 30 minutes or until done at 165 degrees

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Put chicken on a platter and cover loosely with foil leaving the garlic in the pan

Put pan on medium heat and mash the garlic

Add wine and cook for 3 minutes

Add chicken stock and cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally

Whisk in butter a few pieces at a time

Pour into a gravy boat and enjoy!

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