Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

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Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken, the best chicken you’ll ever eat with only 4 ingredients. Sticky, crispy, sweet and garlicky, the PERFECT weeknight meal.

Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken, the best chicken you'll ever eat with only 4 ingredients. Sticky, crispy, sweet and garlicky, the PERFECT weeknight meal.

Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken is a recipe we’ve actually been making at home for years but I never thought to post because it is so closely related to this Slow Cooker Bacon Garlic Pork Loin and Brown Sugar Garlic Pork.

If I had to guess, I’d say about 10% of the comments and emails I get from readers are in reference to those two posts above and they’re asking if they can use chicken. YES YES YES. I recently posted Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken and wanted to post this oven baked version as well (with chicken breast meat!).

This Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken is as simple as it sounds. Yes salt and pepper add flavor too (so technically 6 ingredients?) but even without those two, you’ll still have so much flavor it will leave you literally wanting to lick the plate.

We've made this recipe twice in one week! EASY Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken with just 4 ingredients!

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Your whole family will love this bacon brown sugar garlic chicken so much they'll beg for seconds!

Some notes about this Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken:

  • Use a baking pan with at LEAST one inch high sides (my pan is almost 2 inch tall sides). You can see in the pan the sauce gets up pretty high while bubbling, you don’t want it to boil over into the oven.
  • If concerned about this, place a baking sheet under your baking pan to catch overflow (better on the sheet than in the oven).
  • Check the chicken at 25 minutes, you want to catch this when it is browned but not blackened and with sugar that can sometimes turn quickly.
  • Yes, you can absolutely make this meal in the slow cooker (this is coming soon too). Using thigh meat place it in the slow cooker with no added liquids.
  • Want it a bit spicier? Add in 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper or a squirt of Sriracha.
  • If you want an even deeper caramel flavor, try dark brown sugar.
  • Serve with rice or potato wedges and roasted vegetables.

Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken, the best weeknight meal! Sticky, crispy, sweet and garlicky.

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Recipe

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Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

4.98 from 175 votes
  • Yield: 6 Servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken, the best chicken you'll ever eat with only 4 ingredients. Sticky, crispy, sweet and garlicky, the PERFECT weeknight meal.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 chicken breasts boneless and skinless (4-5 ounces each)
  • 12 slices bacon

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. In a large bowl add the brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper and mix until combined.
  2. Coat the chicken in the brown sugar mixture.
  3. Wrap each piece of chicken with two slices of bacon (aim for the end of the bacon pieces to stay under the chicken to prevent unwrapping while cooking).
  4. Place into your baking pan (with at least 2 inch high sides).
  5. Top with the remaining brown sugar mixture.
  6. Cook at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through and browned.

  7. Careful to not let the brown sugar burn and blacken.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

I made 3 in my pan, the recipe calls for 6. This is because I would've eaten the other three the next day for breakfast if it were in my fridge! For our family 3 is enough for dinner, but I didn't want the recipe to be confusing. 🙂

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 Servings, Amount per serving: 540 calories, Calories: 540g, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 53g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 173mg, Sodium: 851mg, Potassium: 971mg, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 85g, Vitamin C: 4g, Calcium: 41g, Iron: 1.3g

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We've made this recipe twice in one week! EASY Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken with just 4 ingredients!
Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken, the best chicken you'll ever eat with only 4 ingredients. Sticky, crispy, sweet and garlicky, the PERFECT weeknight meal.
Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken, the best weeknight meal! Sticky, crispy, sweet and garlicky.
Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken, the best chicken you'll ever eat with only 4 ingredients. Sticky, crispy, sweet and garlicky, the PERFECT weeknight meal.

About the Author

Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. Very tasty! Thought it was going to be too much garlic but it worked well. Added an extra 5mins under broiler to crisp up the bacon. Will definitely make again

  2. tried this with bone in thighs. i had to leave in for about 40/45minutes. i also used a few of my own seasonings (onion powder, garlic salt, seasoned salt: just a pinch of everything). My family LOVED the chicken. Just the right amount of sweet &savory flavor. I loved how simple it was to cook.

  3. I did this the first time but my chicken wasn’t fully cooked I think they were too fat I just did it right now for the second time w smaller breast but now my bacon isn’t done at least I think it is it looks raw from the side that covers the chicken is that how it’s supposed to look ?

  4. Can I use the same cook time on only thighs, or is it slightly more because they’re not boneless? It’s about 9 pieces of thighs.

  5. I made this for dinner last night and it was absolutely delicious! My family loved it and we will add this tasty dish to our regular rotation for sure! Thank you for an awesome dish!

  6. I made this tonight for dinner & it was amazing! I made all 6 in one pan. I did have to cook mine 45 min. I cooked them for the first 25 & they were not done. Not a big deal just had to stick them back in. Thanks for a delicious dinner my family loved! We had potato wedges & green beans with it.

    1. I’d make sure to prop the drumsticks up along the sides and not set them flat. There’s just not enough meat on them and they might dry out. Good luck!

  7. Question. I have made this twice according to recipe and love it. Done in a vita clay cooker and. ….yum. Can I layer another 5 chicken thighs?

  8. My daughter in law cooked this recipe when I was visiting…simply delicious! It was so good, I asked her for the recipe. I’ll be making this up asap 🙂

  9. Please, what happened to the bacon fat? Did you eat it all? Everything tastes better with bacon, that is very true, but even I have my limits on the consumption of actual bacon fat drippings. My point- shouldn’t the recipe suggest that the chicken be removed from all the bacon fat and allowed to drain of this fat, maybe on a wire mesh cooling rack of some kind? (Listen to me, suggesting a step that might actually be health conscious! LOL!) Thanks for listening!

  10. Made with boneless skinless chicken thighs in a glass pan (in the oven) and it took 40 min (for anyone else looking to try). Delicious! A new favorite!