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Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

This skillet Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken is sweet and flavorful with a hint of Asian flair. It’s perfection served over a bed of rice with a side of steamed vegetables, turning it into a simple weekday feast.


Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

Easy Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken Recipe

My kitchen is much like yours, chicken rotates on our menu in every conceivable form. Chicken Roasted with Lemon and Rosemary, sliced and layered in this Chicken Bacon Ranch Layer Salad or turned into a  Chicken and Rice Casserole and Chicken Barbecue French Bread Pizza. It’s affordable and widely available which no doubt adds to the popularity. While we do love out Southern Fried Chicken in the South, there are numerous other ways we prepare it on a daily basis.

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How to Make the Best Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken Recipe

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken: Boneless skinless chicken breasts, light brown sugar, minced fresh garlic, butter, all purpose flour, olive oil, salt and black pepper, cornstarch, honeym, teriyaki sauce, crushed red pepper flakes, ground ginger, lime or lemon juice.
  • The sauce for this chicken has Asian flair thanks to the addition of teriyaki sauce. You can use lower sodium teriyaki and adjust the amount using more or less to your personal taste.
  • Likewise, if you’re family enjoys sauce, the ingredient amounts easily double.
  • You can use boneless skinless chicken thighs for this recipe, too.
  • Please note: The chicken breasts aren’t heavily breaded. The light dusting of flour gives it just enough of a coating for crunch, and it adds flavor to the dish overall. It also helps soak up the sauce and coat the chicken pieces beautifully.
  • This Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken is especially tasty with rice, but is also works well alongside a baked potato, It can be sliced and served on a salad or enjoyed on a toasted kaiser rolls as a sandwich.
  • You can always adjust the amount of red pepper flakes to your taste using more or less to taste.
  • Store cooked Brown Sugar Chicken chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Enjoy cold on salads or reheat gently in the microwave in single servings. You could also freeze it for up to 3 months.

Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken on a plate with rice and broccoli

Helpful Tips for Storing and Thawing Chicken

It’s extremely important that you learn to handle poultry in a careful manner to prevent bacteria growth due to improper care.

  • Perdue recommends freezing chicken within 30 minutes of purchase, when possible.
  • Seal packages tightly and label clearly prior to placing into the freezer.
  • Thaw frozen chicken in the refrigerator overnight, not on the counter.
  • Cook chicken the day it’s thawed.

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Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course, Poultry
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown-sugar-chicken, eacy-chicken-breast-recipes, garlic-brown-sugar-chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 582kcal


  • 4 8 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil additional, as needed
  • 3 Tbsp salted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp teriyaki sauce
  • 1 Tbsp lime or lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger


  • Whisk together flour, salt and pepper. Dust chicken on all sides. 
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add chicken and let cook until golden and cooked through, around 6-8 minutes per side or until juices run clear. Adjust depending on thickness. Remove from pan to a platter, keep warm.
  • Add butter and garlic to pan.  Cook over medium-high heat for 1 minute and butter has melted scraping any brown bits from bottom of skillet.
  • Dissolve cornstarch in chicken broth. Lower heat to medium. Whisk into pan with brown sugar, honey, teriyaki, lime juice, red pepper flakes and ginger. Stir constantly until brown sugar is melted and a sauce forms. 
  • Add chicken back to pan and spoon sauce over chicken. Simmer 1 minute.
  • Serve immediately over cooked rice garnished with green onion.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 582kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 1167mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
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