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Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

January 16, 2017
Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken - An easy, cheap and delicious meal
If you’re looking for something cheap, easy and delicious to make for dinner, look no further.  This Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, and is sure to please even the pickiest eater!

Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken - a simple sauce that's fantastic on chicken or pork!

Sweet and garlicky, this simple brown sugar garlic sauce is fantastic on chicken, but would also be great on pork.   Just whisk a few pantry ingredients together over low heat, pour over chicken and bake!  I came up with this easy meal when I wanted a cheaper alternative to honey garlic chicken.
If you use skin-on chicken I would probably sear it skin side down in a pot before turning it over and adding your sauce.  At the end of the cooking time, broil briefly if skin isn’t submerged in sauce.  YUM!
If you use thighs or legs they’ll stay super moist and you can spoon some of the sauce over rice, quinoa or potatoes.  And then lick the extra off your plate 🙂
(PS – check out our posts on Stocking Your Pantry on a Dime and Stocking Your Freezer on a Dime, and watch for our Stocking your Fridge on a Dime post – coming soon.)
Step-by-step instructions and photos are below the recipe.
*** As one helpful follower pointed out, this would be gluten-free if you used gluten-free soy sauce!

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Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken
Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken - a simple sauce that's fantastic on chicken or pork!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken - a simple sauce that's fantastic on chicken or pork!
Instructions
  1. (Optional) In a pot over medium heat, brown chicken on both sides in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Remove it to a plate. This isn't necessary but can be tasty, especially if you have skin-on chicken.
  2. Over medium heat, sautee minced garlic in olive oil for a few seconds. Add soy sauce and brown sugar. Whisk to combine.
  3. Whisk in chicken broth (I recommend Better Than Bouillon, prepared according to package directions).
  4. In a separate dish, whisk together 1 tablespoon or cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water until smooth. Slowly add to garlic chicken broth mixture in pot, whisking well to combine. Allow sauce to thicken for a few minutes.
  5. Add chicken (pre-browned if desired, as described above) and turn to coat in the sauce.
  6. Either cover with pot lid and cook over low heat until chicken is done, or cover and bake in 350 degree F oven until chicken is done. Cooking time will depend on thickness of chicken. My chicken was boneless and I browned it first - It took less than ten minutes for it to be done. An instant read thermometer* inserted in the chicken should read 165 degrees F.
  7. If you are using skin-on chicken you can broil it for a few seconds to crisp it up.
  8. Garnish with green onions and enjoy!
Recipe Notes
  • * An instant read thermometer is one of the most valuable tools in my kitchen.  I highly recommend that you invest in one.  This one is very reasonably priced and has great reviews.
  • *** As one helpful follower pointed out, this would be gluten-free if you used gluten-free soy sauce!

Step-by-Step Instructions – Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken - a simple sauce that's fantastic on chicken or pork!

Ingredients for Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken.

Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken - a simple sauce that's fantastic on chicken or pork!

(If you wish you can brown your chicken on both sides before this step and remove it to a plate.)  Over medium heat, sautee 5 minced cloves of garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil for a few seconds.  Don’t overcook the garlic.  Add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and 1/2 cup of brown sugar.  Whisk to combine.

Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken - a simple sauce that's fantastic on chicken or pork!

Whisk in 1 cup of chicken broth (I recommend Better Than Bouillon, prepared according to package directions).

Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken - a simple sauce that's fantastic on chicken or pork!

In a separate dish, whisk together 1 tablespoon or cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water until smooth.  Slowly add to garlic chicken broth mixture in pot, whisking well to combine.  Allow sauce to thicken for a few minutes.

Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken - a simple sauce that's fantastic on chicken or pork!

Add chicken (pre-browned if desired, as described above) and turn to coat in the sauce.  Either cover with pot lid and cook over low heat until chicken is done, or cover and bake in 350 degree F oven until chicken is done.  Cooking time will depend on thickness of chicken.  My chicken was boneless and I browned it first – It took less than ten minutes for it to be done.  An instant read thermometer inserted in the chicken should read 165 degrees F.  If you’re using skin-on chicken you can broil it for a few seconds to crisp it up.

Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken - a simple sauce that's fantastic on chicken or pork!

Garnish with green onions and enjoy! 🙂Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken - a simple sauce that's fantastic on chicken or pork!
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10 Comments

  • Reply Eliza January 16, 2017 at 9:14 am

    This looks delicious and is also gluten free if you use Gf soya sauce! I love honey garlic chicken so I can’t wait to try this one!!! Xxx

    • Reply Myra January 16, 2017 at 11:27 am

      What a great point! I’m going to update it to say that! Thanks! 🙂

  • Reply Helen Boudreau January 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Absolutely delicious. It passed the husband test.

    • Reply Myra January 18, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that you both enjoyed it! 🙂

  • Reply Louise January 24, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I made this last night and it was quick easy and delicious. I have saved the recipe to make again. Thanks

    Louise

    • Reply Myra January 24, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  • Reply Sheryl February 8, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    We are having this for supper. Smells delicious!!!

    • Reply Myra February 8, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Awesome! I hope you enjoyed it! 🙂

      • Reply Myra February 12, 2017 at 9:26 am

        So glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply Sheryl February 11, 2017 at 9:14 am

    We had this for supper a few nights ago. It was delicious!!! Thanks guys

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