When you take a bite of perfectly roasted 40 clove garlic chicken with the soft garlic that’s been melting away in the olive oil, wine, and herbs, you’ll want to savor every bite. There’s just something about those warm garlic cloves that just disintegrate under your fork and mix with the olive oil they were cooking in that makes this dish addicting. If gluten or grains don’t bother you, a loaf of your favorite bread is a must for this meal. I recommend brushing a few slices with olive oil and toasting it in the oven for a few minutes.
This is an anti-inflammatory recipe. Garlic is one of the more well known anti-inflammatory foods. There have been many studies that correlate the intake of garlic with reduced risks of cardiovascular disease. The chance of blood vessel damage from chronic excess inflammation has been shown to decrease when consuming garlic regularly. Extra virgin olive oil is also a strong anti-inflammatory food that protects against cardiovascular disease and other inflammatory diseases. Besides this recipe being anti-inflammatory, the herbs help with digestion.
Here are a few tips for this recipe:
Cheat on time by buying already peeled whole garlic cloves. Nobody wants to sit there peeling 40 garlic cloves. Take the easy route!
Use a cast iron skillet. Not only does it make this a one-pot meal, but it makes for a beautiful presentation!
Don’t skimp on the salt and pepper when seasoning the chicken.
I would serve this chicken with a salad and a vegetable side. Check these out for inspiration!
George studied International Business in Greece in 2015 for three semesters. His family is from the island of Crete, and he lived with them for a whole summer. During that time, he started working for Mediterranean Living and contributing his firsthand experiences of the traditional Cretan diet. He learned fluent Greek along the way, being fully immersed in a traditional Cretan village. He is since graduated with a business degree from Worcester State University. George loves language and traveling, so he completed a TEFL certificate program at the Boston Language Institute in order to teach English abroad and travel the world. He currently works full-time blogging, recipe formulating, and social media marketing for Mediterranean Living. His passions include language, gardening, hiking, skateboarding, and watching sports. He dreams of living in Crete one day, after he travels the world learning as many languages and cultures as possible.