Roast whole garlic chicken leg
30 minutes
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 heads of garlic, halved crosswise
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced into rounds, seeds removed
  • 1 red chile (such as Fresno), quartered lengthwise, seeds removed if desired
  • 3 bay leaves or 5 sprigs thyme
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Country-style bread, toasted (for serving)
  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. Place chicken in an 13x9" baking dish and season generously all over with salt. Add garlic, lemon, chile, bay leaves, and a few grinds of pepper.
  3. Pour in oil and toss everything to coat. Turn garlic heads cut side down so they are in contact with the baking dish (this will help them brown).
  4. Roast chicken, rotating pan once, until meat is almost falling off the bone, 75–90 minutes.
  5. Let chicken cool in pan 10 minutes. 

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