There are many good things to say about chicken. It’s a great source of protein, it’s relatively low in fat, and it tends to be one of the more affordable animal proteins on the market. On the other hand, chicken can be bland, dry, and all too often, boring. Oh, do I remember those days of weighing out my barely-salted, baked chicken breasts so I could perfectly hit my nutritional macros. Weren’t those the days? #no
It’s taken some time to recover from the memory of rubbery, baked or shredded chicken, but I’ve come a long way. Now, instead of seeing a flavorless bird, I see a blank canvas – one that you can season with nearly any flavor you desire. For today, those flavors are going to be garlic and thyme.
What You’ll Need –
1 head of garlic
olive oil (enough to coat the pan)
3 lbs of chicken thighs (skin or bone are optional)
1 tbsp thyme
1/2 tbsp rosemary
1 tsp salt
black pepper to taste
1 1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
Step 1: Peel the garlic. We are going to use every clove in the head of garlic so be patient. Use the side of your knife to smash the clove and break it open.
Step 2: Sauté the garlic in the olive oil until it turns golden-brown.
Step 3: While the garlic is cooking, dump your chicken thighs into a bowl. Sprinkle on top the salt, rosemary, thyme and pepper. Give it a toss so each piece is evenly coated.
Step 4: Add the chicken to the garlic and oil. If you are working with chicken pieces that still have the skin, start with the skin side down. Brown on both sides – about 2-3 minutes per side.
Step 5: Pour over the white wine. If you are using chicken with skin, be sure the skin is facing up when you add the wine. Should you wish to keep 100% paleo or simply prefer to refrain from using alcohol, feel free to use chicken broth instead.
Step 6: Cover and let simmer. The chicken will take about 20-30 minutes to cook. If your chicken thighs have bones, it will take closer to the 30 minute mark.
Step 7: After 20-30 minutes, the sauce will have thickened and your chicken will be cooked. Be sure to cut into a thicker piece just to be sure it is fully cooked through.
Step 8: Serve with your favorite veggies and enjoy!