TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hrs. + standing
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 20 garlic cloves, peeled, divided
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 4 lemon wedges
  • 8 fresh thyme sprigs, cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Nutritional Facts

6 ounces chicken equals 457 calories, 29 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 149 mg cholesterol, 406 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 43 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cut 12 garlic cloves in half. Place chicken on a cutting board. Tuck wings under chicken. With a sharp paring knife, cut 24 small slits in breasts, drumsticks and thighs. Insert each with a halved garlic. Place the lemon wedges, thyme and remaining whole garlic cloves in chicken cavity. Tie drumsticks together.
  2. Transfer chicken to a rack in a shallow roasting pan, breast side up. Rub skin with butter; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thigh reaches 180°. Remove chicken from oven; tent with foil. Let stand for 15 minutes before carving. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as 20 Cloves of Garlic Roast Chicken in Taste of Home February/March 2013

Nutritional Facts

6 ounces chicken equals 457 calories, 29 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 149 mg cholesterol, 406 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 43 g protein.

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

I have to agree with those who didn't think the garlic came through enough, although mine did soften. I'd have to say this recipe did not pan out. I have other simple roast chicken recipes that are better.

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Reviewed Jun. 24, 2013

This is a no fail recipe. My husband is not a big chicken fan, but he loves this.

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Reviewed Jun. 24, 2013

This is a no fail recipe. My family

This is a no fail recipe. My husband is not a big chicken fan, but he loves this.

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Reviewed Jun. 6, 2013

My family LOVES garlic so this is a wonderful way to add it to the chicken. Not to mention it is soooo juicy!

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Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

It's okay. I've had better. On the plus side, now I have half a chicken for pizza on friday! :)

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