Thursday, September 25, 2008

Garlic Chicken

No self-respecting Italian doesn't cook without garlic.  Personally, I love the stuff.  So this month's Weekend Cookbook Challenge was right up my alley, being garlic-themed and all.  Plus, it's being hosted by Chocolate Moosey, my new blogging mentor through Adopt-A-Blogger (although I had planned to participate before we were matched up).

I turned to my brethren, the Italians, to give me a good garlic recipe.  The Silver Spoon is the Italian equivilant to the Joy of Cooking in America.  Broad, well versed, and consistent.  

This recipe for Garlic Chicken has a strong garlic presence, but the pan roasting brings out the sweet, mellow flavors of cooked garlic, rather then the strong, acrid flavors of fresh.  This was perfect for roasting up a whole chicken and having leftovers for the whole week.  

Pollo All'Aglio
adapted from The Silver Spoon
2 T butter
2 T olive oil
1 chicken, cut into pieces
1 garlic bulb, separated into unpeeled cloves
5 T dry white wine
salt and pepper

heat butter and oil in a pan.  Add chicken and cook, turning frequently for 15 minutes until golden brown all over.  Add garlic cloves and cook until papery skins have turned golden brown.  Season well with salt and pepper.  Pour in wine, cook until evaporated.  Cover pan and simmer over low heat 30 minutes until chicken is cooked through.  remove lid, increase heat and cook until sauce thickens slightly.  

Serve with garlic cloves on the side, squeezing out roasted garlic as desired. 


Carla said...

I'm so tempted to make this for dinner today, but 1. I won't be back in my apartment until late tonight and 2. I'm out of garlic :(

Mom said...


This looks like a simple but delicious way to prepare chicken. I am going to try this over the weekend.


MrOrph said...

This looks great. I just saw a similar dish at Elise's Simply Recipes. She use 40 cloves!

Enough already! This dish is on the menu for Sunday night.

Sara said...

How wonderful! The Silver Spoon in an amazing book. Thanks for taking part in WCC this month.