Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

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 once are slow cooker ribs, beef stew, and corned beef with cabbage.

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

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 for! 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.

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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.

CAN I ADJUST THE SPICE LEVEL?

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.

WHAT to SERVE WITH SLOW COOKER BROWN SUGAR GARLIC CHICKEN?

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!

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

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.
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5 from 6 reviews
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 7 hours Total time: 7 hrs 10 mins

Ingredients

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

Sauce:

  • 6 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1/3 cup  brown sugar  (packed)
  • 2 tablespoons  canola oil  (or vegetable oil)
  • 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 

Instructions

  1. In a large crockpot add all the ingredients listed under "Sauce" and mix until fully incorporated.
  2. Then add the chicken thighs, and tose them with the mixture to completely coat them on both sides.

  3. Ensure the chicken skin is up-sided.
  4. Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.
  5. To make chicken crispier, broil for a few minutes before serving.
  6. Enjoy!
Calories: 493 Carbohydrates: 18 Protein: 23 Fat: 36 Saturated Fat: 7 Cholesterol: 141 Sodium: 493 Potassium: 332 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 17 Vitamin A: 360 Vitamin C: 2.4 Calcium: 27 Iron: 1.2
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Jeanette

That looks amazing! I definitely am going to be adding this to my list. My favorite part is that it's in the slow cooker so I don't have to do a lot to get some great food.

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Stacie

I can almost taste that right now! I CANNOT wait to make this. My mouth is already watering.

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Hi, yes this is such a nice chicken dinner, juicy and super flavorful!

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Amy Desrosiers

This chicken meal looks amazing!! I would love to enjoy this with some mashed potatoes!

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Emily Buys

I've made a similar dish, but yours looks even better! I never know what to serve mine with, but it looks good with the rice. Yum!

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kristin lesney

Have to try this out. Don't use my slow cooker for chicken, seems easy.

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Nancy Johnson Horn

This looks so easy and delicious! I'll have to give it a try!

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Sherry

Can I drool now? That chicken looks amazing! I know what I'm going to be making for dinner one night soon.

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krystal

Slow cooker meals make it a lot easier to have dinner on busy nights. Looks [email protected]

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Jennifer

Oh my gosh this looks so good. I love anything bathed in brown sugar and garlic. 

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Ruth I

This looks tasty! I like how easy this it to make. The ingredients listed are easy to find here.

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Sarah

This looks amazing! You really can't go wrong with chicken in the slow cooker. It always comes out moist and flavorful! 

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Celebrate Woman Today

Catalina, You've inspired me for a slow cooker weekend recipe. Love how you use the brown sugar to add just a tid-bid of sweetness. Bravo!

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Necia

I just cooked this tonight, omg so YUM!!! I made a big batch for the work week.  Anything I can do to make more of the sauce/liquid?

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Double it :) its so good!!!!

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Kacey

Hi! Can I use chicken broth instead of oil? 

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yes, you can.

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Rachel

Can I use more then 4 thighs? If so, should I double the recipe?

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Yes, you can use four. You can double, so you have more sauce.

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Peppernilla

One of our new family faves!

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Penny

Can you use boneless skinless thighs?

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sure

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