Heirloom Garlic Chicken

Heirloom Garlic Chicken is more than just a meal; it’s a celebration of tradition, flavor, and culinary craftsmanship. By harnessing the unique qualities of heirloom garlic, this dish transports us back to a time when food was simple, yet deeply satisfying. Whether enjoyed as a cozy family dinner or a special occasion centerpiece, Heirloom Garlic Chicken is sure to delight the senses and leave a lasting impression on all who taste it.


Heirloom Garlic Clove Chicken Thighs

rated 4.8 of 5 stars

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings


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  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Season the chicken with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and a few grinds of pepper. Heat the butter and oil in a large, deep cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add the chicken skin-side down and cook, undisturbed, until deep golden brown, about 5 minutes. Turn the chicken over and turn off the heat. Add the wine, then nestle the olives, thyme, garlic and shallot around the chicken. Return the liquid to a simmer over medium-high heat, then transfer to the oven and roast until the chicken is golden and cooked through, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  3. Transfer the chicken, garlic and olives to a serving dish with a slotted spoon. Use a ladle to remove as much fat as possible from the surface of the liquid in the skillet, then pour the liquid over the chicken.

Cook’s Note

Heirloom garlic, though not as long-lasting as the commercial varieties at the grocery store, has a more intense flavor and cooks up sweeter.