Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 6 reviews

Chicken Main Dishes Recipes Slow Cooker

Cook time Cook time: 7 hours

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal. Simply put the ingredients in the crockpot and you will end up with the best chicken dish ever!

We love slow cooker meals and some of our most popular ones are slow cooker ribs, beef stew, and corned beef with cabbage.

Easy Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken is the kind of recipe that will make your family go crazy! It is super flavorful, rich, and delicious. The meat is a little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and amazingly delicious. This is the one recipe you have to try in the crockpot. Also, it’s a kind of meal that both the kids and adults will love.

This recipe is really easy to make. It is budget-friendly and requires only 5 ingredients to make. You basically put everything in the pot, and let it cook itself for a few hours. When dinner time comes, you will have an amazing meal with outstanding flavors.

Trust us, the entire family will simply love it! In addition, this recipe is versatile, and you could use other chicken parts. Our favorite sides to serve it with is definitely white rice, potatoes, or with some roasted veggies.

How to make Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken?

This is one easy and tasty recipe to make in the crockpot. The meat is super juicy and incredibly tender.

    1. Start by adding all the ingredients (EXCEPT the chicken) and stir to combine.
    2. Then, add the thighs, and soak them completely in the mixture to coat them on both sides.
    3. Lastly, leave them to slowly cook.

How to make Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken in the oven?

Yes. Simply follow the above steps prior to cooking in the crockpot, and instead use a baking sheet pan. Then, place the pan in the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees F.

We already have this oven-baked recipe with potatoes as well, and you can follow it by clicking this link.


Absolutely! We love the balance in this recipe just as is, it’s not too sweet and not too spicy. However, if you prefer a spicier kick to it, add a bit of crushed red pepper or sriracha. Just make sure not to overdo it!

Can you use other cuts of chicken?

We love making this recipe with thighs because they are super juicy and flavorful. However, this dish is not limited only to thighs, and you can use any other parts.

Breasts, drumsticks, or wings are the perfect alternatives. You can also try adding some bacon on top that will keep the chicken super moist and add additional flavor to it.


We often serve it with either brown or white rice and some roasted vegetables, such as asparagus, brussels sprout. Similarly, this recipe goes well with roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes, and a salad. It’s a pretty flexible dish, so you have plenty of options to mix it with!

How to freeze it?

This dish freezes perfectly well. If you have leftover, simply transfer it to an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. The night prior to serving, transfer it to the refrigerator to thaw, and serve the next day.

Also, you can warm it up and served it as is, or mix it up with pasta, wraps, salads, and so many other meals.

More crockpot recipes to try:

Slow Cooker Rice and Beans

Crockpot Jambalaya

Red Wine Pot Roast

Sloppy Joes

Pineapple Pork Loin

Recipe Tips:

  • We use a 7-quart Slow cooker. It is a bit bigger in size and perfect for a larger family as you can cook a larger portion and have leftovers for days to come.
  • You can add a few orange slices on top toward the end of the cooking process. This will give the meat a nice citrusy flavor.
  • Also, through cooking, sometimes we add sliced green, yellow, and orange bell pepper and a small amount of sliced yellow onion to the crockpot.
  • For better taste and flavor, try using fresh minced garlic instead of canned or powdered garlic.
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal. Simply put the ingredients in the crockpot and you will end up with the best chicken dish ever!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 493kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 4 chicken thighs bone-in (and skin-on)


  • 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)
  • Garnish:
  • chopped green onions
  • sesame seeds


  • In a large crockpot add all the ingredients listed under "Sauce" and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Then add the chicken thighs, and tose them with the mixture to completely coat them on both sides.
  • Ensure the chicken skin is up-sided.
  • Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.
  • To make chicken crispier, broil for a few minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 493mg | Potassium: 332mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Vitamin C: 2.4mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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Can you use boneless skinless thighs?





Hi ,Why the oil in this recipe?


you only need the sesame oil



This is incredibly delicious and so easy! This will be a recurring meal in our family!


Belinda Suarez

If I use frozen chicken, how much longer should I add?


Please thaw the chicken, do not cook frozen chicken in the slow cooker.


Kerri Herlich

Can I use Olive oil or some other oil in place of sesame oil?


yes, sure



Just curious as to why you say please don't cook frozen chicken in a low cooker? I do all the time, and have never had any issues🤷‍♀️



Do you add any other liquid? I feel like I'm missing something. This makes more of a 'rub' than a sauce it seems.


You don't add any liquid, the chicken will release juices and that's how it gets cooked with no liquid at all.


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