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!
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!
Step-by-Step Instructions – Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken
Ingredients for Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken.
(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.
Whisk in 1 cup of chicken broth (I recommend Better Than Bouillon, prepared according to package directions).
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.
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.
Garnish with green onions and enjoy! 🙂
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