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Accentuating Garlic flavour

I keep losing the flavour of garlic when I cook. For example, I chop up a lot of garlic and put it in a baked bean recipe or I make soup. I have been putting an enormous amount of garlic in these recipes and still can't taste it and I wonder if I'm preparing it incorrectly. I just put on some chicken to go in a soup. Should I be chopping it up and putting it onto the chicken so that the chicken fat interacts with the garlic or wait to put the garlic into the broth?

In general, should garlic be prepared by having it interact with meat fats or should it be put on top at the end or boiled with other vegetables? Is there a spice that will help make the garlic flavour more prominent?