James Beard's Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic

Marsha Gardner


I remember the first time I saw this recipe and I thought know way, that is a typo. But I saw it several other times with the same amount of garlic and had to give it a try. Sure am glad I did.

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celery ribs, cut into long strips
2 medium
onions, coarsely chopped
6 sprig(s)
italian parsley
1 Tbsp
fresh tarragon, chopped
2/3 c
olive oil, extra virgin
chicken legs, any mix of drumsticks and thighs
1/2 c
dry vermouth (white)
2 tsp
kosher salt or to taste
1/2 tsp
freshly ground black pepper
freshly grated nutmeg
40 clove
garlic, unpeeled
french bread for serving

How to Make James Beard's Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic


  • 1Preheat the oven to 375-degrees. Cover the bottom of a heavy 6-quart casserole with the celery and onions and add the parsley and tarragon. Place the oil in a shallow dish. Dip the chicken pieces into the oil, coat all sides evenly and place in the casserole. Pour the vermouth over the chicken and sprinkle with the salt, pepper and a few gratings of nutmeg. Tuck the garlic around and between the chicken pieces.
  • 2Cover the top of the casserole tightly with aluminum foil and fit the lid over the foil to create an airtight seal. Bake for 1 1/3 hours without removing the cover. Check for doneness; return casserole to the oven if the chicken seems underdone.
  • 3Serve the chicken along with the pan juices, the garlic and thin slices of heated French bread spread with garlic squeezed from the root end of the clove.

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About James Beard's Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic

Course/Dish: Chicken