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20 Cloves of Garlic Roast Chicken Recipe

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


  • 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


  • 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.

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.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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