I didn’t have a whole chicken in my deep freezer but I did get an awesome deal on 10 pounds of leg quarters! Ten pounds for $2.99 at a locally owned grocery store. I now have 40 pounds of them in my freezer. And the legs were so tasty! Better than the almost no flavor breast meat. And the garlic melted like butter.And bonus there was a lot of nice yellow fat that I removed before baking. I reserve this fat and melt down into wonderful schmaltz to be added into different recipes for more flavor. Several years ago I was dating a guy that would freak out over any kind of fat. Needless to say, we parted ways.
This recipe is entirely from Alton Brown’s “Good Eats” TV show. I loved that show when it was on. So much better than most shows on Food Network now.
Yield: 6-8 servings
1 whole Chicken (broiler/fryer) cut into 8 pieces, I used 8 leg quarters
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
10 sprigs fresh Thyme (thank goodness I can walk out of kitchen door and cut it fresh)
40 peeled cloves Garlic
Salt and Black Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Season chicken with salt and pepper. Toss with a 2 tablespoons olive oil and brown on both sides in a wide fry pan or cast iron skillet over high heat. Remove from heat, add oil, thyme, and garlic cloves. Cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
Remove chicken from the oven, let rest for 5 to 10 minutes, carve, and serve.
Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown