Adapted from Alton Brown
4 Pounds chicken, whole cut into 8 pieces
10 Tbls oil, olive divided
10 Sprigs thyme, fresh
40 Cloves garlic, fresh peeled
1 to taste salt and pepper
1 Baguette, for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Season chicken with salt and pepper. Toss with a 2 tablespoons olive oil and brown on both sides in a wide fry pan or skillet over high heat. 4 minutes each side. Remove from heat, add oil, thyme, and garlic cloves. Cover and bake until chicken is done; start checking internal temperature after 1 hour of cooking. Cook until breasts reach a temperature of 165 degrees and thighs are reach 175 degrees.
Remove chicken from the oven, let rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
Serve with crusty bread for dipping in the oil and spreading the garlic on, if desired.