This Garlic Lovers Baked Chicken recipe is easy to prepare, baked with a delicious lemon-butter sauce, and made with 40 — yes forty! — cloves of roasted garlic. It’s also naturally gluten-free, and SO delicious.
Fellow garlic lovers! 💛
I have a new recipe to add to our delicious little collection today. Because while we’ve got a good thing going with my favorite garlicky salmon, shrimp and spaghetti recipes here on the blog, I realized the other day that we were missing a recipe with the #1 most requested ingredient here at Gimme Some Oven.
Literally tens of thousands of you have made and loved my foolproof recipe for tender and juicy Baked Chicken Breasts, and are often requesting new variations to try. So today’s recipe seemed like a win-win for my chicken and garlic lovers all around. It’s quick and easy to prep (especially if you buy some pre-peeled garlic cloves), it’s baked up with a heavenly lemon-butter sauce, it’s naturally free of dairy and gluten, and — get ready — because this recipe is fabulously garlicky.
Actually, I was extra-excited to post this recipe because I’ve always wanted to do a riff on the classic “Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic” recipe, which I’ve made and loved for years. But instead of babysitting a skillet on the stove, this recipe requires that you simply roast everything together in one big baking dish in the oven. Which means less prep time for you, yet still an ultra delicious dish for everyone to enjoy.
Here’s how to make it!
To begin, brine your chicken breasts in a bowl of saltwater while you whip up the sauce. This will keep them extra juicy and tender while baking.
Then while the chicken is brining, whisk together some white wine, melted butter, lemon juice and thyme for your sauce. And as you can see, I’m once again using my favorite little Land O Lakes® Salted Butter in Half Sticks here. They’re the perfect size for this recipe (4 tablespoons). And with so few ingredients in this simple sauce, good-quality butter really does make a big difference in the flavor here, so I highly recommend it. 👌
Once the sauce is ready, toss it together with all of that delicious garlic. Then pour the garlic and sauce into a baking pan with the chicken breasts, and nestle the garlic around the chicken so that the garlic is not sitting directly on top of it. (<– Otherwise, it will burn more easily.) Season the whole pan with some salt and pepper, and pop it in the oven to roast until the chicken is cooked through and the garlic is nice and tender. Just keep a close eye on the garlic cloves so that they do not burn. (And if they do start to get a little browned, just flip them over a bit.)
Once the chicken is ready to go, remove the pan from the oven and let the dish rest for about 5 minutes before serving.
Then sprinkle with your desired toppings…and serve!
Feel free to keep things simple with just some chopped fresh parsley sprinkled on top…
…or go big by also adding on some freshly-grated Parmesan and crushed red pepper flakes. (I kind of went big with the pepper flakes. 😉) I also highly recommend an extra sprinkle of fresh lemon juice before serving, just to liven things up a bit.
Also, if you’d like a creamier sauce, feel free to remove the chicken and then stir a half cup of heavy cream into the sauce, which I tried once and tasted sooo wonderfully decadent.
I served my chicken over pasta with our family’s favorite artichoke salad on the side plus some roasted asparagus. But it would also be delicious with rice, quinoa, potatoes or crusty bread, and whatever salad or veggies you happen to have on hand.
However you serve the chicken, though, just don’t forget to load it up with some of those tender cloves of roasted garlic, and drizzle it with a few spoonfuls of that heavenly lemon-butter sauce. That sauce is a must.
Oh, plus maybe a few mints after dinner. 😂
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This Garlic Lovers Baked Chicken recipe is quick and easy to prepare, it’s baked in the oven with a delicious lemon-butter sauce, and it’s made with 40 cloves of garlic that are roasted to perfection. Feel free to serve with pasta, rice, quinoa, or whatever sounds delicious.
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