Whoever said, "Too much of a good thing is never good at all," has probably never been to a wedding with an open bar, has not found a go-to all-you-can-eat sushi joint, nor has ever had Chicken and 40 Cloves of Garlic. Unlimited alcohol, unlimited raw fish, and a chicken that seemingly threw itself on a garlic grenade are all good things.
Although the first two items in that list may be subjective (you know, if you're a teetotaling fish-o-phobe), there is no arguing the third. In today's post-BAMmage culinary landscape, who doesn't like a shizzload of garlic thrown in their food--especially garlic that's been sauteed in chicken grease and butter, and then slowly braised until buttery, sweet, and soft?
Such is the case with Chicken and 40 Cloves of Garlic--a dish of Provencal origins that features a whole chicken roasted along with, yup, you guessed it, 40 whole cloves of garlic(!).
Why 40 cloves of garlic? I have no clue. Perhaps it's because "Chicken and 40 Cloves" sounds a bit more impressive than say, "Chicken and 3 to 4 Heads of Garlic" (which might make for an awesome band name). Who knows?
But what I do know is that there is perhaps no other chicken dish that takes such great advantage of the more mild and sweet qualities of garlic. Well, except of course, Chicken Adobo. So why not combine the two dishes?
And that's what I did. Chicken Adobo with 40 Cloves of Garlic.