9.28.2008

Garlic Roasted Chicken



A busy work week for me coupled with a traveling husband and a full plate of kid activities has caused my weeknight dinners to fall by the way side. I have relied on old favorites this past week, but I did manage a new dish last night when we were all home for dinner.

Garlic Roasted Chicken was a simple yet satisfying meal for a rainy night. I have been meaning to try similar recipes from a couple of my cookbooks including Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home and Everyday Food: Great Food Fast. I used chicken breasts on the bone with skin because they are more flavorful and juicy than boneless skinless chicken breasts. After minimal preparation for the Garlic Roasted Chicken, I worked on the rest of the meal while the chicken roasted. Accompaniments for the chicken included a saute of mushrooms, zucchini, onions, and red peppers (I cleaned out my vegetable drawer in the refrigerator), Crispy Parmesan Potatoes, and toasted ciabatta bread with the roasted garlic.

The whole family enjoyed our meal. Maybe it was because we actually got to sit down to dinner together. Eat dinner with your family this week. You'll like it.

Garlic Roasted Chicken

serves 4 or 5

4 bone-in, skin on, chicken breasts
olive oil
salt
pepper
2 heads of garlic, tops sliced off
toasted ciabatta bread

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a baking dish, place the garlic heads. Top with the chicken breasts that have been drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper.

Roast the chicken for about 40 - 50 minutes basting occasionally with pan juices. The chicken should be browned and an instant read thermometer should read about 165 degrees when inserted in the thickest part of the meat.

Remove chicken and garlic from oven. Serve toasted ciabatta bread spread with the roasted garlic.

Note - I made a quick gravy because My Oldest would like all meals served with gravy. In a small sauce pan heated to medium high, add about 3 tablespoons of the pan juices from the chicken pan. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in 2 cups of chicken stock and 1/2 cup milk and cook until thickened. Season with salt and lots of pepper.


16 comments:

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

This looks amazing... I'm definitely going to have to try it. The parmesan potatoes are incredible, too! I'm making Bittman's version of Roast Chicken tonight, with buttermilk mashed potatoes and baked squash. I also made a low fat apple cake.

Michele said...

What a basic recipe...it would be so simple to put together on a weeknight as well. I've never tried putting chicken over garlic bulbs. I bet it gives the chicken great flavor.

That Girl said...

I adore roast chicken AND roast garlic!

Hilary said...

I love how this recipe is both simple and elegant.

A perfect Sunday supper for fall.

Cheryl said...

I love garlic, that looks amazing!

Jenny said...

Love garlic roasted anything! I bet it's fantastic with chicken. Sounds like a perfect dinner!

kat said...

Roasted chicken is so good but add garlic & its perfect.

Robin Sue said...

Yup we have to have our gravy too! I love roasted garlic, don't know why I never make it? Hmm I'll have to fix that. Love the picture!

Katherine Aucoin said...

You can't have too much garlic! Sounds like you had a wonderful dinner!

Aggie said...

I love love love roasted garlic. I have to make it more. This dinner looks absolutely delicious!

Beth said...

Chicken and garlic, possibly my two favourite things. Will have to have a go at this one

Bridgett said...

I love this dish! My mom used to make this quite often when I was younger. It is comforting to me.

Jan said...

Mmmm, I like the sound of this, all that roasted garlic, positively yumptious.

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

Hmmm. I made plain roasted garlic the other night. Now all I need to do is this chicken part and voila! It's dinner.

MaryBeth said...

I totally LOVE Garlic... and paired with chicken is even better. Looks yummy.

Colleen said...

MMMM, I just roasted garlic for the first time not too long ago and I wondered what took me so long! Looks like a great meal - I love the suggestions for side dishes too.