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Easy Baked Garlic and Brown Sugar Chicken

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This easy Garlic and Brown Sugar Chicken is baked in a garlicky sweet sauce and turns out so tender, and moist. Ready in less than 40 minutes!

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This post originally appeared in January 2020 and has been updated with more images and information for the reader in March 2024.

Chicken is a food that we often have in our house.  So much that sometimes it gets boring and I have to find new ways to serve it to the family. I love a recipe that uses just a few simple ingredients that I always have. This easy Baked Garlic and Brown Sugar Chicken recipe uses just four ingredients and turns out perfect every single time.

Besides the simplicity of the recipe, it also cooks in less than 40 minutes, which is a real bonus when you’re trying to get dinner on the table fast.

Baked Garlic and Brown Sugar Chicken

The first time I made this I didn’t use enough garlic so round two I doubled the amount and it was perfect. Even if you don’t love garlic, I highly recommend using the amount listed in the recipe card. It adds so much more flavor to the chicken with the brown sugar.

This brown sugar garlic chicken recipe is perfect to make for a crowd as you just double or triple the ingredients listed.

What to serve with this chicken dish?

I usually serve this chicken recipe with baked potatoes and a tossed salad. Sometimes I will make a roasted zucchini and squash bake or this cheesy carrot casserole to go with the chicken. Mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli are also delicious to serve as this Mushroom and Wild Rice Casserole would be.


  • Using the aluminum foil in the baking pan will keep clean-up to a minimum. Be sure to spray the foil well with the nonstick spray.
  • You can substitute the chicken breasts for boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Cooking time may vary so it’s best to use a meat thermometer and cook the chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Feel free to bump up the sauce ingredients with a little soy sauce and even a bit of sriracha sauce.
  • You can cook this chicken in the slow cooker. Prepare the brown sugar and garlic as directed in the recipe card. Add the chicken to the slow cooker and then pour the sauce over it. Cook on low for 4 – 5 hours, depending on how thick your chicken breasts are.
easy baked garlic and brown sugar chicken close up


  • baking pan
  • aluminum foil
  • skillet


  • 3 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
  • 4 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray. This will help in clean up. Place chicken on the prepared baking sheet and season with salt and pepper.

In a small skillet, saute the garlic in olive oil for about 1 minute or until it’s softened. Add the brown sugar to the garlic and mix together.

skillet with olive oil and garlic simmering

Spread the garlic and sugar mixture over the chicken and bake for 30 – 40 minutes or until the chicken is done. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165 degrees.

raw chicken in baking pan with garlic and brown sugar sauce

We like to serve this with roasted potatoes and green beans.

garlic chicken with roasted vegetables on plate

Other chicken recipes to enjoy

2024 Alphabet Challenge – “G”

In updating this post, I am sharing it in the 2024 Alphabet Challenge in which fellow foodies will share recipes with the letters of the alphabet. Twice a month we will bring you two letters – recipes that either start with the letter or the main food in the recipe starts with that letter. Today is the letter “G” and I am sharing a Garlic and Brown Sugar Chicken recipe with you. Here is what the others are sharing. To see all the recipes I have shared so far, go here.

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  1. This is a chicken recipe that I definitely need to add to the must-make list. Simple, fairly quick, and it sounds delicious. Plus, it can be paired with pretty munch anything and everything!

  2. Love that these can be done in the slow cooker too! We eat a lot of chicken so I’m always looking for ways to change it up.

  3. 5 stars
    Always looking out for easy and different ways to prepare chicken for hubby. This is one recipe we will be trying.