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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Roasted Garlic and Herb Chicken Thighs

Fresh herbs usually should be added toward the end of cooking time to make the best of their flavors and nutrition. But they also work well as a marinating rub that gets “baked on” in the oven during roasting. Their savory, herbal addition—combined with garlic, a little Dijon, and olive oil—turns ordinary chicken thighs into a very flavorful, inviting dinner. 

It's simple and easy, but the taste says otherwise.

Garlic and Herbs
Serves 4

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tbsp chopped sage
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 small bone-in chicken thighs (about 3 lbs total), skin removed
  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line a shallow baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the first 6 ingredients (through mustard) in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Rub the garlic-herb mixture all over the chicken thighs. Let stand 10 minutes.
  3. Place the chicken on the prepared pan meaty-side down and roast 20 minutes. Turn meaty-side up and roast until golden and cooked through, 15-20 minutes longer, depending on size.
Garlic and Herbs 
Marinated Chicken
Chicken Thighs Ready to Roast
Thighs after Turning
Roasted Thighs
Transfer the thighs to a platter and let rest 5 minutes before serving.

Roasted Garlic and Herb Chicken Thighs

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