Preheat oven to 350.
In large Dutch oven, heat oil. Add chicken and cook, turning, until golden. This step can be omitted. Tilt pan and spoon off all but 2 Tbsp fat. Add garlic cloves (peeled or unpeeled)and stir to coat. Sprinkle with lemon juice, thyme, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup water. Cover tightly and bake 1 1/2 hours.
All of the seasonings can be doubled to taste.