whole chicken, quartered
freshly ground black pepper
garlic, peeled and halved
Preheat over to 450 degrees. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat until smoking.
Season chicken with salt and pepper.
Place chicken pieces skin-side down in the pan and sear until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add butter and garlic cloves and cook 2 more minutes.
Turn chicken over and put pan in oven. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer indicates 160 degrees. Garnish with basil. Serve with french fries or mash potatoes.