This is a variation of the Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic I made sometime ago. It came about when someone suggested to me: (1) add potatoes and make it a 2-in-1 dish, (2) use both peeled and unpeeled garlic, and less of it, and, (3) skip the herbs.
6 large pieces chicken thigh, bone-in and skin on (rinsed then patted dry)
650 to 700 grams potatoes, skin on, scrubbed clean then cubed
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground peppercorns
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon each sea salt and coarsely ground peppercorns
1 whole head of garlic, unpeeled, cloves separated
the potatoes, in a single layer, in a disposable aluminum baking pan
(about 8x12-inch). Pour the melted butter over the potatoes. Sprinkle
the salt, ground peppercorns and minced garlic. Toss everything
together until the potatoes are coated with the melted butter and
Rub calamansi over the chicken. Rub the salt
and pepper mix onto the chicken, and in between the skin and meat.
Arrange over the potatoes. Scatter the unpeeled cloves of garlic all
over. Bake at 375F for about an hour.
I couldn't believe it but this version was a bigger hit than the one with 40 cloves of garlic.
the secret to the dish is to keep the garlic unpeeled. As the dish is
baking, the garlic is transformed into soft mush that's so tasty and
delicious! It's especially good smeared on the chicken!