Garlic Chicken


  • 1 large head garlic (about 4 oz.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 boneless - skinless chicken breast halves (1 1/2 lbs. total)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shredded fontina cheese
  • 4 small thyme sprigs


Slice 1/4 inch off top of garlic head. Then rub garlic with oil.

Wrap garlic in foil and bake in a 375 degree F oven until very soft when pressed (about 1 1/4 hours).

Carefully remove garlic from foil; transfer to a rack and let stand until cool enough to touch (about 10 minutes).

Meanwhile, rinse chicken, pat dry, and sprinkle with chopped thyme and pepper. Place, skinned side up, in a lightly oiled 9-inch baking pan.

Bake in a 450 degree F oven until meat in thickest part is no longer pink; cut to test (12 to 15 minutes).

Meanwhile, squeeze garlic cloves from skins into a small bowl. Add salt; mash garlic thoroughly with a fork, incorporating salt.

Spread a fourth of the garlic mixture over each chicken piece; then sprinkle chicken with cheese.

Return to oven; continue to bake just until cheese is melted and bubbly (about 3 more minutes).

Press a thyme sprig into cheese on each piece of chicken.

Recipe Health Review:

How Healthy is the Garlic Chicken Recipe?

Recipe makes: 4 servings.

Healthy eating information for 1 serving(s):

Watchful Nutrition
Calories: 258
Carbohydrates: 9
Total Fat: 5
Saturated Fat: 2
Cholesterol: 107
Sodium: 241
Good for You
Fiber: 1
Protein: 43
Weight Watchers
Points: 5