Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

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Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
Author: Bill Harris | http://www.southernboydishes.com
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings
Instructions
  1. Blend butter and flour together with a fork. Using your fingers, continue blending until flour is completely incorporated into butter. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season chicken thighs with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Heat olive oil in a large iron skillet over medium high heat. Starting with skin side down, place thighs in hot oil. Brown for 4 to 5 minutes on each side. If necessary, brown chicken in batches. Transfer chicken to a plate.
  3. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of oil from the skillet. Reduce to medium heat and transfer garlic to skillet. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until cloves are beginning to brown. Add sherry and cook until almost evaporated. Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Add butter/flour mixture and whisk until well combined. Continue cooking for 3 to 4 minutes until sauce starts to thicken. Add half and half and continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and whisk until combined.
  4. Drop thyme sprigs into sauce and transfer chicken back into the skillet, nestling among garlic cloves. Place skillet into preheated oven and bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove chicken and all but 10 of the garlic cloves from the skillet. With a fork mash the 10 garlic cloves into the sauce and whisk until smooth. Transfer chicken back into the sauce. Add as many of the reserved cloves of garlic as you like back into the skillet. Serve immediately with rice, mashed potatoes, or salad greens.

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