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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Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

4.98 from 180 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.


  • 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


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. Everyone loved this. Easy to make. Sorry I don’t have a pic but its all gone. I was told I have to make this again and I will. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Very good recipe. I used 4 much larger chick breasts (1 pound each). Increased the cook time to 50 mins. Touch of broiler to finish color. Plenty of liquid in the pan kept the chicken super moist AND flavorful. Served with rice and green beans in butter/vinaigrette. Cheers

  3. I used this recipe on 20 wings (flats & drums) with just half a pcs of bacon per wing. Amazing. the flavors work great on the wing. Just had to change up the cooking time a Little. Great recipe we will be making this again.

  4. Delicious! I couldn’t get the bacon to crisp though? Had it on a rack, up’d the temp to 400, and kept it in almost 15 min longer… should I try to cook it in the pan first next time?

  5. Made this before Christmas – I loved it the taste was great and the chicken was not dry like others recipes. I did spice it up and it was great. Making this tonight for the second time.

  6. Just made this for dinner and it was a huge hit. Flavor was really good. Bacon never got done but next time will follow suggestions in comments and broil to crisp bacon. Definitely a keeper.

  7. Not sure where I webt wrong but the bacon did not cook all the way at 375 for 35 minutes. Chicken is fine but bacon did not cook. Probably better to brown bacon wrapped chicken in skillet for 2 min on medium high on each side before putting in oven. I’ve made many recipes this way and it works better for the bacon

  8. So made this for dinner 2 yr old loved it 7 yr old loved it and my hubby who rarely goes back for seconds went back for seconds I was shocked.

  9. I was looking for new ways to dress up chicken and I found this. Instant hit with my family and kids! Also made the house smell delicious ?

    1. You can add any vegetable or even mashed potatoes as a side. If you click on the “recipes by category” link at the top left of the site, you’ll find a sides option and there are so many to choose from. This is such a versatile dish that almost any one of them would be a fantastic option. Enjoy!

  10. Made this recipe for dinner last night. Substituted chickens wings for chicken breasts. Cooking time was longer because of the bones, but the dish was a success. My husband stated not to serve him any chicken that was not seasoned with the brown sugar coating and wrapped in bacon. That is a high complement from him, because he does not like meats that taste sweet. The meat was tender and juicy. I did add a 1/2 teaspoon of Mrs. Dash Southwestern Seasoning for a little heat. Think next time, will use 1/4 teaspoon of the crushed red pepper flakes. Thank you for this awesome recipe.

  11. All I can say is…WOW! My family is in a place where I need to do more cooking… and my wife has been the one that “has the gift”.
    BUT! When I made this recipe, I basically got a “standing O”! It is incredible!!!

  12. This chicken was delicious. Not too sweet, moist, great taste. My whole family loved it. This will become a regular for us.

  13. It tasted really good I just wish the bacon could’ve been crisper. I guess I would have to cook it a little bit before wrapping it around the chicken. But it was still super good!

  14. Did you use fresh garlic and mince it? Seems like the wet garlic will make the brown sugar wet and unable to stick to the chicken. Should I use fresh or garlic powder? Looks so amazing. I want to get it right

    1. I used fresh garlic for this recipe. Make sure to pat down your chicken before putting anything on it to ensure there’s no extra liquid and you’ll be fine with it sticking. Plus, you’re wrapping the bacon around it after so it helps to keep it all on. I hope you enjoy it!

      1. I used bacon already cooked! It goes fast and tastes great. I put my chicken into egg mixture! Great recipe. Thank you!

  15. I made this receipt last night for the 1st time and it is FABULOUS!!!!! Love the sweet tangy taste and of course, what’s not to love about Bacon!!!! Thank you for sharing with us 🙂
    It is so simple and so juicy . . I used large thighs with skin/bone and cooked for one hour.

  16. I was a little disappointed that the sugar mixture didn’t adhere to the breasts that well. It was more garlicky than I like.

  17. This was amazing. Both my husband and I loved it. I only made half the recipe since it is just the two of us. I wish I had made the whole recipe. The flavor was fantastic, not too garlicky, not too sweet. My husband told me this recipe is a definate keeper!

  18. My Husband and Daughter are soooooo happy with your presence in my life!!!! I have made SEVERAL of these recipes on Dinner then Dessert. From the corn casserole to this chicken recipe!! Everything so far has been phenomenal!!! Thank you sooooo much

  19. I made it for dinner tonight. First, it took an hour to cook. When I checked after 30 minutes, the bacon was not cooked. I don’t understand the directions requiring a pan with one inch sides. There isn’t any sauce. The flavors of the garlic and bacon are good, but nothing spectacular. If I made it again, I would add white wine and some fresh herbs. It needs more flavor.

  20. I made this tonight because I wanted to try something different. My son said “Mom! This chicken is on fire! I mean, it’s on point!” It was a little too sweet for me, but I know next time to cut the sugar a little bit and add a little more sea salt. The chicken was tender and it was a beautiful presentation. Thank you for your recipe!

  21. Loved it. Easy to make and tastes great. Always looking for a different way to cook chicken. Next time I will try it with maple bacon.

  22. The best chicken ever!! I add chill I powder with the dry ingredients placed in a Ziploc bag… I also used boneless, skinless chicken thighs … Yummy!!

  23. This chicken is magical, everyone just loved it. The recipe was super easy to make and took very little time prepping and preparing. I will be keeping this recipe in my meal rotation from now on. Thank you, Sabrina!

  24. This was good! I used chicken thighs and broiled the chicken for 1 minute to crisp up the bottom bacon. I definitely added ground red pepper to add some heat. The contrast was delicious, not to sweet.

  25. Hi Sabrina!

    I just made this for dinner tonight for my husband and I and I have to say, this was absolutely one of the best chicken recipes EVER! I wanted to make it before making it again for guests in a couple of weeks. I adjusted the ingredients for 2 pieces of chicken.

    I have a question for you about the note at the end of the recipe. You only made 3 but recipe is for 6. Would you then double the ingredients for 6?


    1. I’m so glad you guys loved it!! If you want this for 6, just follow the recipe as it’s written. I just wanted to explain why my pan only had 3 in it. Sorry for the confusion!

  26. Omg i made this and YUMMMM! Seeing my boneless chicken was quite thick I baked two breasts for about an hour and a half on 375° I put slits into my chicken so the juices circulate and the flavoring seeps into the chicken. Just like everyone else the top of the bacon was crisp as the bottom was soggy but no biggy. I also made one breast with Turkey bacon and my fiance fell in love. It was a hit. Thank you!

    1. In a pinch, you could always sprinkle in a bit of garlic powder or just leave it out completely knowing that it’ll change the flavor.

  27. 1st Day Back To School, and I want to try something new for dinner.. Looks amazing.. Can’t wait for dinner!!

  28. We loved it. I added a little cayenne pepper for heat and about 1T bourbon for flavor. Served with steamed carrots and roasted potatos. Delicious!

  29. O.k., made this last night for my sweetie. He was going to be an hour and 1/2 late for dinner so I let it marinade. I put it in a pan with 2″ edges and lined with foil. It was so easy to clean up! I put way more garlic than called for, used the roasted garlic from a jar. Bottom line? He loved it! Definitely going to do this again. Thanks for the recipe!

  30. O.k., this just looked too good! I went to the store, got the ingredients and am making this tonight for my sweetie. I’m vegetarian, so I won’t get to taste it, but he will let me know if he likes it. It has his favourite things, chicken, garlic, bacon and brown sugar. I’ll let you know how it goes! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe.