Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
It sounds almost inedible, but assuming you can get normally harsh-tasting garlic to turn mellow and sweet, you’ll understand how this dish became a French classic.
Why This Recipe Works
To take the harshness out of this classic French dish while staying true to its name, we found that precooking the garlic cloves was key. Bone-in chicken thighs cook quickly, meaning less time for the garlic to mellow, but a mere 4-minute head start in the microwave softens it, and a pinch of sugar helps the cloves brown in the rendered chicken fat in the pan. Fresh thyme, sherry, and cream make a luscious sauce, and mashing half of the garlic into the sauce ensures that there’s sweet garlic flavor in every bite.