In a large ovenproof skillet, heat the 2 tablespoons of oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Cook skin side down over moderately high heat until golden, about 5 minutes. Turn the chicken, add the garlic and bay leaves and cook until the garlic begins to brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast the chicken for about 25 minutes, until cooked through.