Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic

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I love using my crock pot or slow cooker as it’s usually called in the UK. Mine is a very basic model. It doesn’t have a temperature range. It is either on or off. That doesn’t stop it being really useful and capable of producing the most delicious meals.

One of my favourite recipes is a version of the famous French dish, Chicken with forty cloves of garlic. Yes, I said forty. That is not a misprint! The secret of this dish is that it should be cooked long and slow in an enclosed pot and no peeking until it is ready! A perfect dish for the slow cooker.

Ingredients to serve four

1 large chicken jointed into eight pieces
Freshly ground black pepper
4 heads of fresh garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4-6 sprigs fresh thyme OR 2 large sprigs fresh rosemary (I prefer thyme, but the rosemary is good too!)
French baguette crostini

1. Switch on slow cooker so it heats up.
2. Melt butter and olive oil together
3. Season chicken with pepper and then brown in the oil and butter mixture
3. Place unpeeled heads of garlic, chicken pieces and sprigs of herbs in slow cooker.

Leave to cook for 4 hours without opening pot.

When ready to serve place two pieces of chicken, a head of garlic and two crostini on each plate. The garlic will be sweet and melting and should be squeezed out onto the crisp baguette.

Serve with a green salad or steamed green veg.

To make French baguette crostini

Slice baguette thinly on a diagonal to make long slices. Brush the slices with olive oil and bake in a hot oven until crisp. Gas mark 4 180C or 350F for 15 minutes is about right.

Reference:
1. Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network
2. 40 Cloves and a Chicken Recipe : Alton Brown : Food Network

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