Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

6 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

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

If you’re a fan of the wonderful pairing of sweet and savory, then you’ll also love the other amazing Chicken Recipes, like the  Memphis Barbecue Chicken Wings, the delicious Oven Baked Chicken Breasts, and the classic Chinese Honey Chicken.

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.

Chicken with bacon is a key element in the culinary universe, beloved by foodies all over the globe. And when you bring brown sugar and garlic into the mix, you’re onto a real winner. What makes this Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken one of our favorite recipes is the perfect blend of sweet, savory, and umami flavors. The star of the show is, without a doubt, the brown sugar and garlic glaze. The sugar caramelizes beautifully in the oven making the chicken golden brown, while the garlic gives a subtle kick that complements the sweetness. As for the bacon, it infuses the chicken with its rich, smoky essence, making every bite an absolute delight.

Chicken is a versatile meat, tender and mild in flavor, which makes it an excellent canvas for the strong, bold flavors of bacon, brown sugar, and garlic. As for the bacon, its natural fattiness helps keep the chicken moist during baking, ensuring a succulent result and turns into crispy bacon on top!  

Making this dish is relatively straightforward, with the procedure involving a simple marination process followed by wrapping the chicken in bacon and baking. This is an ideal recipe to whip up for a weeknight meal when you’re craving something out of the ordinary yet uncomplicated. The ingredients are readily available, making it a stress-free culinary endeavor that results in a restaurant-quality dish.

What’s fascinating about this recipe is that it could very well be a gourmet dish at a high-end restaurant, yet it’s remarkably easy to make at home. For anyone who loves the combination of chicken and bacon, this is a recipe that you should not miss. Serve with yellow Persian Rice for a fun, flavorful, and delicious meal. 

How to Make Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

You don’t need to be a culinary expert to create this delicious dish at home. It’s simple, straightforward, and yet delivers outstanding results that will impress your friends and family. Check it out! 

  • Step One: The first step is to gather your ingredients. Begin by combining the brown sugar, minced garlic, kosher salt, and black pepper in a large bowl.
  • Step Two: Next, coat the chicken breasts in the brown sugar mixture, ensuring they’re thoroughly covered.
  • Step Three: Once coated, wrap each chicken breast with two slices of bacon. Try to ensure the ends of the bacon slices are tucked underneath the chicken to prevent them from unraveling during cooking.
  • Step Four: Place the bacon-wrapped chicken into a baking sheet with sides that are at least 2 inches high.
  • Step Five: Sprinkle the remaining brown sugar mixture over the bacon-wrapped chicken in the baking pan.
  • Step Six: Bake the chicken at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes, or until it’s thoroughly cooked and the bacon is browned. Be mindful to avoid burning the brown sugar. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it necessary to use boneless and skinless chicken breasts?

Yes, for this recipe, boneless and skinless chicken breasts are recommended. They cook evenly and are easy to eat once wrapped in bacon.

Can I use a different type of sugar instead of brown sugar?

Brown sugar is recommended because it caramelizes and coats the chicken better, adding to the overall flavor. However, in a pinch, you could substitute with granulated white sugar.

What should I do if the bacon isn’t crisping up in the stated cooking time?

If the bacon isn’t crispy after 30 minutes, you can put the dish under the broiler for a couple of minutes. Watch closely to ensure it doesn’t burn.

How do I know when the chicken is fully cooked?

The chicken is fully cooked when its internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit on a meat thermometer.

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Key Ingredients in Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

This recipe is a wonderful combination of a few impactful ingredients. Each one brings something unique to the table, culminating in a dish that is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

  • Brown Sugar: The brown sugar provides a wonderful sweetness to the dish, which contrasts beautifully with the savory elements. Its molasses content gives it a rich, deep flavor that white sugar cannot replicate.
  • Garlic: Minced garlic adds a potent and aromatic punch to the dish, balancing out the sweetness of the brown sugar. Its unique, pungent flavor permeates the chicken during cooking, making it a vital ingredient in this recipe.
  • Bacon: The bacon provides a deliciously smoky and savory element to the dish. It also keeps the chicken moist and tender while it cooks. Opt for thick-cut bacon if possible, as it will hold up better during cooking.
  • Chicken Breasts: Chicken breasts are used for their mild flavor and tenderness. They absorb the flavors of the bacon, brown sugar, and garlic beautifully, resulting in a savory, sweet, and utterly delicious dish.

Air Fryer Method for Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

While this recipe calls for baking, you can also cook this dish using an air fryer for a potentially crispier result. We don’t use a Dutch oven with a lid because it will steam the bacon which then won’t get crispy. 

  • Follow the recipe steps up to placing the bacon-wrapped chicken in the baking pan.
  • Instead of placing them in a baking pan, arrange the chicken pieces in the air fryer basket, ensuring they do not overlap.
  • Cook at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the bacon is crispy. Remember, air fryers can vary, so monitor them closely.

Can Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken Be Made Ahead of Time?

This recipe is fantastic for preparation ahead of time. You can wrap the chicken in the bacon and marinate it in the brown sugar mixture, then store it covered in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before cooking. When you’re ready to cook, simply preheat the oven and follow the recipe’s baking instructions.

It’s worth noting, however, that once cooked, this dish is best served immediately. If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be reheated in the oven or microwave until heated through. Add a little water to the dish when reheating to prevent the chicken from drying out.

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

Substitutions in Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

  • Brown Sugar: If you don’t have brown sugar on hand, you can use white sugar with a little bit of molasses added. Alternatively, coconut sugar could work as a healthier option.
  • Garlic: If fresh garlic isn’t available, garlic powder can be used. Just remember, the flavor won’t be as strong as fresh garlic.
  • Bacon: Turkey bacon can be used as a leaner option compared to regular pork bacon, but it might not provide the same level of richness.
  • Chicken Breasts: While chicken breasts are ideal, you could also use chicken thighs. Just adjust the cooking time as they may require a bit longer to cook thoroughly.

Variations on Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

While the original recipe is delicious as it is, there are plenty of ways to add your own personal touch for a delicious chicken dinner. 

  • Spicy Version: Add a teaspoon of chili flakes or cayenne pepper to the brown sugar mix.
  • Herby Version: Try adding some dried or fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme to the mix. Italian seasoning is also a good option for extra flavor. 
  • Cheesy Version: After the chicken is cooked, sprinkle some grated cheese on top, then return to the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

How to Serve Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

This chicken dish is quite versatile when it comes to serving options. It pairs well with a variety of sides and complements several different cuisines. Top with chopped green onions as a colorful garnish. Here are a few ideas:

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How to Store Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

  • Serve: After cooking, the chicken shouldn’t be left at room temperature for more than two hours.
  • Store: Leftovers should be refrigerated in an airtight container and are best consumed within 3-4 days.
  • Freeze: While you can freeze the cooked chicken, the texture of the bacon may change upon thawing and reheating. It’s best to freeze the marinated, bacon-wrapped chicken before cooking, then thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat on medium heat in the oven, air fryer, or toaster oven for 7-10 minutes. 
Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken, the best weeknight meal! Sticky, crispy, sweet and garlicky.

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Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken is the best chicken you'll ever eat with only 4 ingredients. Sticky, crispy, sweet, and garlicky!
Yield 6 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


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


  • In a large bowl add the brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper and mix until combined.
  • Coat the chicken in the brown sugar mixture.
  • 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).
  • Place into your baking pan (with at least 2 inch high sides).
  • Top with the remaining brown sugar mixture.
  • Cook at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through and browned.
  • Careful to not let the brown sugar burn and blacken.



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. 🙂


Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 173mg | Sodium: 851mg | Potassium: 971mg | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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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.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Changed up the recipe a little cause I didn’t have enough bacon so I cooked the chicken then laid the pre cooked bacon I had on top to crisp up and it was great.

    1. Sounds so good Allison. We’re big fans of bacon around here. Appreciate the 5 star “vote of confidence”.

    1. i would use chicken strips, they seem more easy to eat and easy to put one piece of bacon around them..

  2. First time trying this; I’m about to throw it in the oven! I sure hope my husband likes it. I needed something quick and easy. I just got off my 12 hour shift after he was home with the boys all day (I work weekends, he owns a business). This should be perfect! Thank you for sharing!!

  3. Delicious! This is such an easy meal. And thanks for the video! I always wrap my chicken the wrong way and everything comes apart. Now I know a new technique.

  4. i made this last night. i just did up 2 breasts. a little fear of the amount of garlic till i realized it will be roasted and mellow right out. came out wonderful crispy bacon and moist garlicy slightly sweet chicken. very good will put this to use often.

  5. This was absolutely delicious! My family loved it. I followed the recipe as stated but I did use various parts of the chicken didn’t have chicken breasts. It came out wonderful and family enjoyed it very much. I will be making it again with chicken breasts. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!

  6. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I made this tonight for dinner for my husband. I made it with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, fettuccine noodles, candied glazed carrots and home made cream cheese biscuits. I used some of the pan drippings to make gravy. My husband and daughter loved the meal. It was truly delicious. I will be making this again for my family. Thanks again!

  7. I’ve made this many times, tonight I spread cream cheese over chicken and added ranch seasoning to the mixture, I do cook for a bit longer though

  8. Amazing!!! It was a hit and this is going to be the second time I make it ? for sure it will be one of the recipe I will make when having company

  9. Amazing!!! It was a hit and this is going to be the second time I make it ? for sure it will be one of the recipe I will make when having company

  10. Great flavor combinations. Modified with breast chunks & crumbled bacon. Served with rice. Family loved it. Thanks!

  11. Came out amazing! Patted the brown sugar mixture just on the top, wrapped in bacon, oven at 400, tin foil on baking sheet, chicken on a wire rack, mixed in some soy sauce with the minced garlic and swerve brown sugar substitute (keto friendly) and brushed on in last 10 mins
    Thanks for sharing this ???

  12. Holy man this should not have 5 stars. I’m so sorry blog writer but it is terrible. Took 2 hours to cook (and bacon is still soggy on the bottom) and bacon grease gathers in the bottom of the pan. Am I supposed to drain and keep cooking? What am I supposed to do with all the bacon grease? Tastes good though after all the cooking.

  13. This recipe was excellent. I used a brown sugar alternative but it still turned out excellent. This is a very quick and easy recipe. Perfect for Sunday dinner.

  14. This looked so amazing in the pics. Mine came out like a nightmare. I don’t know what I did wrong. It was slimy, undercooked bacon on top of overcooked chicken with a baking dish full of fat and clear juice and no brown glaze. l am so upset I messed it up!

  15. I use smaller chunks of chicken breasts. This is absolutely one of our favorite recipes. I add a little creole seasoning to the mix. I made this to cater a reception and it was actually loved by all. Thank you!

  16. The bacon was soggy despite turning the chicken over halfway through cooking. I even broiled it for a few minutes but I didn’t want the chicken to be overdone. I’m perplexed why this got so many rave reviews. For me it was WAY too sweet and my family didn’t really dig it either. Meh. Won’t make it again, it just wasn’t for us.

  17. Can swerve brown be used? Will it still get sticky and yummy?
    I looked down in the comments to find an answer and went pretty far down and didn’t find anything. I saw the Splenda route but I cannot use Splenda.

  18. My bacon is always raw on the bottom it’s nice and crispy on top but raw on bottom I also stuff the chicken with cheese! This is my favorite way to eat chicken breast now but I wish the bacon was done on the bottom help me ?

    1. I second flipping it, I usually take the chicken out the oven & put it in the skillet for a few minutes just to crisp up the bacon.. so you could try that, it makes a big difference to me

  19. Delicious and so easy! I made in my air fryer, 360* for 17 minutes but I had smaller chicken breasts than normal. My usual time would be more 20-22 minutes at 360*

  20. This was easy and delicious! My husband said “this is a keeper” and I agree. It took about 10-15 mins longer to cook for me. Only difference.

    I served it with mashed potatoes and corn on the cob.

  21. YUMMO!!!

    Had chicken thawed that needed to be cooked, but no energy. This recipe was in the back of my mind, and I swear it almost took less time to turn on the computer and printer, pull up the recipe, review it to confirm it was a quick & easy prep, then print it, then it did to get it in the oven!

    Used a disposable deep baking pan for easy clean up as well as eliminate the worry of bubbling over.

    This was a winner in every way. Again, YUMMO!!!

    1. Hello Lonna! I’m so happy this was quick, easy, and delicious. Thank you so much and we hope to see you back soon!

  22. Made this using Splenda/sf maple syrup sub for brown sugar & broiled when the chicken was done to crisp up the bacon. My diabetic hubby said to keep this one. It was yummy

  23. My family loved it. I was happy how easy it was to make. We can’t have to much salt so I just exchanged the salt for misses dash. For the side I did Brussels sprouts I thank you again for a new idea.

  24. I had 6 chicken breasts and I had to make another batch of the brown sugar mixture! There’s no way this amount was enough for 6! Had no left over for the top either!

  25. I made this in my air frier and it came out juicy, delicious and the bacon was nice and crispy. Thank you for posting this recipe.

      1. Cook at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Next time you can find this information in the recipe instructions.

  26. I made this recipe-followed instructions to a T. It was very good except at 375 degrees, it took triple the 25 minutes in the oven. I’d recommend using smaller pieces or higher oven temperature. Otherwise it smelled and tasted good

    1. Sure 🙂 though they might be better in a pan vs made in the oven. If you decide to try, I’d love to know how they turn out. Good luck!

    1. I’ve followed the recipe to a T every time I’ve made this and it’s delicious but I definitely have to cook longer then the recommended time every time or the chicken isn’t fully cooked.