It may seem like a lot of garlic but trust me, it will give you juicy chicken with the most delicious sauce. You won't want to waste a drop of it!
Highlights of this post:
- I should not be allowed to wander aimlessly through a grocery store
- You can peel a whole head of garlic in seconds
- Garlic is good for more than chasing away vampires
A couple of weeks ago, my kids and I made a little road trip to check out a store that I haven't been to in probably 7 years now. I guess road trip is stretching it a bit. It is only about an hour away (about the same as Seattle if you go the other way). But for me, the girl that hates to drive? It might as well be on the moon! I love to travel, just hate the whole driving thing. So the task falls to Kevin, or my son, or anyone else that I can
con sweet talk into taking the job.
On this particular day my son was appointed honorary chauffeur. My daughter volunteered for the second most important job on a road trip. Navigator? Heck no! She was the DJ!!
The store we were headed to is called Central Market and it is AMAZEBALLS!! Maybe it is just the foodie in me. No, wait, it isn't because my son thinks it is pretty awesome too. Of course once my daughter found her favorite Japanese soda (you know the one with the little marble that you pop out? Ya, me either) she was 100% on board the whole "Central Market is the shizz" bandwagon.
But seriously. When you walk into the market there is a produce department that is bigger than any other produce department I have ever seen. I could literally spend 2 or 3 hours there with no trouble at all. I kept running around like a 3 year old at Disneyland.
"Ohhhh look look!"
"WOW look at this."
"OhhEmmGeee I have been looking for this everywhere!!"
My kids just rolled their eyes and laughed at me. They are used to Mom by now. I didn't make them suffer too long, maybe just an hour.
But then you hit the seafood and meat area. Ummm hellooooooo 6 different kinds of oysters and 5 different clams. Ya, I kid you not! I even found fresh black cod, which I have been trying to find for so long I can't remember.
It was awesome!
When my kids told the fish monger that I am a food blogger he got a big smile on his face "Really?" Then he came out and gave me his card and told me that if I ever need any specific seafood to call him a couple days ahead of time and he would get it for me. I know that really isn't that big of a deal, but it made me feel special. When we walked away my daughter looked at my son and said, "Mom's kind of a big deal ya know?" HA gotta love them!
They have a huge area with rows and rows of bulk dry foods. From flours, to dried beans, spices, teas, and even dried fruit, there is something for everyone. And for lil' ol' me with ADD everything was for me. I think I may have spent an additional hour in just the dried foods.
Did you know they have machines that grind nuts into butter right there on demand? I mean nuts in, butter out. It comes out like soft serve ice cream! Please tell me that I am not the only one that is amazed by this find!
Leaving the dried foods with several baggies of treasure, we head to the alcohol department. Hell ya!! I found my new fave beer. It is Deschutes Fresh Squeezed. Deschutes is a Portland based brewery, so I gotta rep my brewin' brothers in the Northwest. Holla!!
The very end is the bakery, which I totally turned my head tried and not to make eye contact with any baked goodness as we walked through because I am trying to avoid carbs *sigh* But then, the skies opened and angels sang, leading me to Dave's Killer Bread. Holy crap! Have you tried this stuff??? I got the "Good Seed" bread because I love everything bagels, and this bread has well, everything in it. There are 3 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, 360mg of omega-3's, 12 whole grains, with only 70 calories!! No, this is not a sponsored post, I am just in love with it so go get some ASAP. It is seriously sandwich life changing people!!
Then comes my kids' favorite part of the Central Market shopping experience, the fresh made tortilla machine. I am not joking it was, hands down, the highlight of the trip for them. But ya gotta understand that my babies were raised in So Cal and were eating tortillas as soon as they could hang on to one. Fresh, homemade tortillas are hard to come by here in the Pacific Northwest. Which totally makes me sound like an insensitive Mom right. Hello, you are a food blogger, makes some damn tortillas woman!!
So, end of the shopping trip, I leave spending $150 when I had only planned on grabbing some fresh produce. Yup the hazards of being a food blogger. Kevin doesn't have to worry about me spending a fortune on clothes or jewelry at the mall, it is the grocery stores he needs to keep me out of!
Now, about this recipe, don't flip out on me OK? I know 100 cloves of garlic sounds way cray, and if it was raw you would be right. But sauteing, and then simmering it like you do in this recipe calms that bitter bite and provides a rich, mellow, slightly sweet garlic flavor.
Plus there are several medicinal bonuses when it comes to garlic. Did you know that when using sliced, chopped, or crushed garlic in a recipe you should let it sit for 10 minutes before cooking it to allow those health boosting enzymes to form before hitting the heat. Cooking stops that process. SO take your time, have a glass of wine, which is good for your heart (BONUS), and let those little cancer fighting buggers get nice and strong!
So 40 cloves, or 100, get into your kitchen and give this recipe a whirl!
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3 years ago - Chicken with Roasted Broccoli and Potatoes
Chicken with 100 Cloves of Garlic
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 chicken thighs
- 4 drumsticks
- Kosher salt
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- 100 cloves of garlic, peeled*
- 1/2 dry white wine
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Heat oil in a large oven safe skillet, over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to the skillet. Cook turning once, until browned, about 15 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.
- Reduce heat to medium and add garlic to skillet. Cook until golden brown, about 6 minutes.
- Add white wine and cook, scraping bottom of pot, until slightly reduced, 2 to 3 minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil. Transfer 1/4 of the garlic to the plate with the chicken, then mash remaining garlic into stock.
- Return the chicken with the garlic cloves to the skillet and bake until chicken is glazed and tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Garnish with parsley.
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Total time: 60 mins.
Tags: chicken, garlic, white wine, parsley
* I will admit that I took a bit of help from the grocery store and bought a bag of peeled garlic for this recipe. If you can't find that, take a look at this video on how to peel a whole head of garlic.
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