Baked Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 6 reviews

Baked Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken is the BEST and JUICIEST chicken ever! It is baked to crisp-tender perfection and ready in less than 40 minutes.

This dish is super flavorful and the sweet and savory sauce makes it so much better! Enjoy it with some roasted asparagus, twice baked potatoes, or crispy roasted rosemary potatoes.

Image of baked brown sugar garlic chicken and potatoes.

Baked Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

Sometimes the simplest and easiest recipes are just the best. This Baked Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken requires nothing fancy or complicated, yet it results in one of the most flavorful meals ever. It is a simple oven-baked recipe, with just 5 ingredients that will be ready on your tables in about 30 minutes. Enjoy it as a delicious weeknight meal with some vegetables on the side.

Every time we make this dish, the meat turns out super juicy and tender. We love making it with thighs, but you can also replace it with breasts or even drumsticks. Either way, you will end up with a great dinner, and you’ll go back to it again and again.

This amazing mixture coats the meat perfectly and it gives a huge flavor boost. It has a perfect balance, with a slightly sweet note to it, and with just a bit of spice which mixes together amazingly well. Also, it freezes well, and leftovers are just as good!

Main INGREDIENTS FOR Baked Garlic CHICKEN and potatoes:

  • Chicken thighs, but you can use breasts as well
  • Oil
  • Light brown sugar
  • Minced garlic or garlic powder
  • Seasonings
  • Hot sauce

Picture of baked brown sugar garlic chicken.


  • Start by seasoning the thighs with salt and pepper, and arrange them on the bottom of a prepared baking dish.
  • Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  • Add the meat and the potatoes to the sauce and toss to fully coat.
  • Transfer the potatoes to the prepared baking dish and top with the chicken
  • Bake at 375 degrees F for about 40 minutes or until cooked through and browned.
  • Make sure not to overcook the chicken as the sugar might be burned if cooked for too long.

This sweet and garlicky crust is to die for. You can double the sauce if desired. It can be served over everything and anything.

Can I make this dish in advance?

  • Absolutely. Follow the preparation steps up to the point before baking. Just let the mixture cool down completely before coating the meat. Then, cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil, and refrigerated for up to 1 day before cooking. When ready to eat, simply bake it at 400 degrees F for about 25 minutes.
  • Similarly, you can store it in an airtight container and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Baked Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken Recipe Tips:

  • If desired, you can cover the baking pan with foil for the first 15 minutes of cooking.
  • Always try using fresh minced garlic as it gives a deeper and richer flavor to this dish.
  • When it is done baking, you could remove the meat to a platter and add a little bit of soy sauce.
  • Use a food thermometer to check the internal chicken temperature. It should be between 160-165 degrees F.
  • Also, for a spicier kick, add some red pepper flakes or a squirt of Siracha.
  • Serve with rice, roasted brussels sprouts, and mashed potatoes.
  • You can also bake some potatoes at the same time, to make it a full meal.

Brown sugar chicken and potatoes image.

Tools used to make this recipe:

Baking pan – We love using this enamel cast iron pan as it spreads the temperature evenly, and always results in best cooking experience. Kitchen thermometer – It is a handy tool to have, and helps you know precisely when the meat is done, without guessing.

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5 from 6 reviews
Baked Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Total time: 50 mins


  • 6  chicken thighs  (bone-in, and skin-on)
  • 2 pounds  potatoes  (peeled and cut into wedges)


  • 6 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1/3 cup  brown sugar  (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon  sesame oil 
  • 1 tablespoon  hot sauce  (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon  smoked paprika 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  Kosher salt  (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground black pepper  (or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup  canola oil  (or vegetable oil)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Prepare a 9x13 inch baking dish by drizzling it with some oil and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine all the sauce ingredients, stir to combine.
  4. Add sliced potatoes and chicken thighs to a large bowl, add the sauce and toss to coat evenly.
  5. Arrange the potatoes on the bottom of the prepared pan and top with the chicken.
  6. Bake for about 30-40 minutes, until the chicken is cooked and crispy and the potatoes are tender. From time to time, baste the thighs with the sauce from the pan.

  7. To get the meat crispier, broil for 5 minutes before removing from the oven. Keep an eye on it to not burn it.
Calories: 494 Carbohydrates: 31 Protein: 22 Fat: 31 Saturated Fat: 6 Cholesterol: 110 Sodium: 356 Potassium: 879 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 11 Vitamin A: 250 Vitamin C: 18.9 Calcium: 65 Iron: 5.8
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Oh wow this is an amazing combination! It looks so yummy!



Love the flavors in that sauce!


Mahy Elamin

What a heavenly recipe. I’m always looking for different ways to cook chicken and this is my new favorite!


Beth Pierce

Your directions are so clear and concise! This looks wonderfully mouthwatering!


Thank you Beth. Indeed, this is one of the best and our favorite dinner recipe!


Melanie Bauer

Looks sensational! Those flavors on it are amazing, need to put this on our menu!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

I'm going to have to try this. I love this! looks so good!


Katerina @ diethood .com

Just a fantastic combination!! A must try!!


Thank you, Katerina, yes this is a nice and flavorful dish, one of our favorite dinners!


The Novice

I'm always looking for new ways to bake chicken pieces, and this looks amazing! Will definitely be trying out the recipe :)



Hi Did you use regular sesame oil or toasted sesame oil in this receipe.



I made this last night and I think I used less ingredients! I made the garlic chicken but I had baked apples and sweet peas. Anyway it was fabulous! I can only imagine trying this with all ingredients. Thank you...


Kathryn Gulley

I absolutely love this site I'm a 3rd semester Culinary student and so I love how you mix all the different spices


Hi Kathryn, Thanks for stopping by! Glad you love our site. Please feel free to discover many of our other recipes.


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