Recipe Walkthrough: Brown Sugar and Garlic Chicken Crockpot

A few weeks ago our social media followers raved over the recipe we posted for a Brown Sugar and Garlic Chicken Crockpot. Typically this type of response warrants one of us editors trying the recipe out at home, and I again raised my hand with delight!  My previous cooking endeavor was none other than the Bacon Sour Cream Chicken Crockpot, so I figured I might continue my crockpot experimentation.

Fortunately, this was not the first time I’ve combined brown sugar and garlic in a dish. I actually made a brown sugar and minced garlic glaze for an oven baked chicken once, and loved it. And without giving it away too much, I was equally as impressed with the taste in the crockpot version!

I also forget how easy and painless cooking with a crockpot can be. I wish I had more insight and secrets to this recipe, but you literally mix all the ingredients together and pour it over the chicken. Set your slow cooker on your allotted time and walk away. About 30 minutes later you’ll start to get a whiff of the cooked brown sugar and you’ll have to remind yourself there AREN’T cookies in the oven. 

But first things first, here’s what you need: 

  • 4-6 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 C packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 C apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 C lemon-lime soda
  • 2-3 Tbs minced garlic
  • 2 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs fresh ground pepper
  • 2 Tbs corn starch
  • 2 Tbs water
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place chicken inside slow cooker. Mix together brown sugar, vinegar, soda, garlic, soy sauce, and pepper together. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours.

The chicken literally falls apart when you take it out. The chicken is so tender and oozing with the juices from the brown sugar marinade. In my opinion the second half is optional, however the glaze did turn out pretty good, so I would at least try it out.

To make the glaze place saucepan over high heat. Mix together corn starch and water, pour into saucepan, and mix well. Let sauce come to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes, or until it starts to thicken and turns into a glaze. Remove from heat and let sit for a minute or two. 

The consensus: A surprisingly simple and delicious crockpot recipe. I can see this being a winter month staple in my kitchen.

Next time: I’m still trying to figure out what would pair best with this dish. Next time I’d want to pick up on the subtle soy sauce flavor by making some Sesame Broccoli to accompany the chicken. Yum!

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