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 190 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.

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  1. First , I’m not a good cook, that said, second , what’s the trick to coating the chicken the brown sugar mixture just clumped like paste ? I rubbed it all over best I could but needed more as the recipe only coated 2 chicken breast. It’s in the oven as we speak wish me luck!

    1. Making sure your chicken is completely patted down definitely helps. You don’t want any of the moisture of the chicken causing the coating to slide off. Good luck! Let me know how it turns out!

  2. Not to seem negative, it tasted ok but.. The bacon, doesn’t brown.. raw bacon on chicken. Did you use a torch or photoshop?

    1. Oh no! It sounds like there was too much liquid released so the bacon wasn’t able to brown. If you make it again, you can try cooking on a rack so it will crisp up all the way.

    1. I’m made this a few weeks ago and it was a hit….I’m making pork tenderloin tonight and I am gonna use this recipe for the tenderloin….I can’t wait to taste it!!!

  3. I was searching for just Chicken with Bacon – but with brown sugar? That caught my attention, so tried this!! Talk about YUMMY!!
    Being an OAP living alone, i am allways looking for simple easy and tasty recipies. My freezer is so small, so have to down size most recipies.
    But i love chicken, so threw away the ice cubes for the Gin instead!! LOL
    Thank you!

    1. So glad you enjoyed it and had leftovers to enjoy again and again! Since you said you usually downsize recipes, you can adjust the servings size in any of my recipes by hovering over the serving amount a slider will appear. Hope this helps and hope to hear if you try anymore recipes!

  4. Took at least an hour for chicken to cook through. Bacon was slimy on the bottom and didn’t really crisp on top, even with being in the oven for an hour and putting it under the broiler for 5 minutes. Disgusting. Will not be making this again.

    1. So sorry to hear that it didn’t turn out for you! It sounds like there may have been too much liquid that the chicken/bacon was sitting it. If you ever do decide to give it another try, I would suggest elevating it on a rack while baking. Thanks for the feedback.

    1. Hi Amanda,

      It depends on how much paprika you wanted to add and what kind. A tsp or two of smoked paprika will add warmth and smokey flavor, while a traditional Hungarian or regular paprika will add some depth and additional sweetness. I say experiment away, either variety of paprika will enhance the other flavors when used with a moderate hand.

      Let me know how it goes! 🙂

  5. Sabrina just wanted to let you know how delicious your chicken, brown sugar and garlic was and sooo easy to fix..I absolutely loved’re such a great cook..thanks for sharing..can hardly wait to see what’s next..have a blessed week!

  6. I live in Arizona and it is really hot!! In summer I just about never use my oven. Do you think this could be made in a crock pot?

  7. So good! I used chicken tenderloin for the recipe and they came out so tender and juicy. My 5 year old said this is his new favorite meal!

  8. LOVED this recipe, but I’m curious if there’s a magical tip to make the bacon not soggy on the bottom? Mine was at the point of not done at the bottom, while everything else was great. Maybe flip the chicken halfway through? I did have to cook it for much longer and if I could get it crunchy on the bottom, it would be PERFECT.

    1. I’m so glad you loved it! Next time, try and elevate your chicken either on a cooking rack on top of a baking sheet or ball up some foil underneath. Sounds like your chicken is sitting in all the liquid and not really getting a chance to crisp up all around. Good luck!

  9. Soo good! My husband said it was the best thing he’s ever eaten! Also if your chicken breast are on the bigger side I’d suggest slicing it like a butterfly and add some extra rub in the middle!

  10. This is a delicious dish, but my cooking time was much longer than the stated 25-30 minutes – maybe because my bacon was thicker? Anyway, I needed to cook mine for at least 50 minutes to ensure the bacon and chicken were cooked through. It does produce a lot of grease so your dish needs to be deep.

    Very easy to make and very flavorful. Thank you!

  11. How did your sauce/liquid turn so red? Mine doesn’t look like that at all, but I didn’t use dark brown sugar…

    Also, I needed an extra 15 minutes or so of cook time. It didn’t look done at all after 30 minutes, but then again, I’m not a great cook so maybe it was done and I didn’t know it!

  12. I made this for my sweetie the other night and when he came here from work he nearly broke the door down! He said he could smell it from the street and it was wonderful. He absolutely loved it! I only made 3 breasts, they were large, and he gobbled one down in a flash. He took one of the others to work and when he warmed it up in the microwave, he had a lot of folks just walking through sniffing:) This is a keeper. The other chicken recipe I make for him that he loves has only 3 ingredients, and one of them is chicken:) I use 4 chicken breasts, 1 dry package of Hidden Valley Italian Dressing and 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Mix the dressing and sugar in a large plastic bag, shake the chicken in it to cover and let sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Then, in a foil lined pan, put in the chicken and all of the juices and cook uncovered for about 35 minutes. So good. He licks the plate:) He did this time, too. Thanks – great recipe! 5 plus stars!

  13. Cooking it now… smells amazing. You might put the bit about putting it on a wrack actually in the recipe. Wasn’t until it wasn’t cooking in the stated time that I looked at the comments. Might save you some negative feedback.

  14. I made this last week and it was awesome!!! I added some things to make it chicken cordon bleu with mozzarella cheese instead of swiss. I am trying to post a picture but can not for some reason. But it looked as good as it tasted. I am msking it again tonight

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’d love to see a photo. The easiest way is to follow me on Instagram and use the hashtag #dinnerthendessert when posting. I look forward to seeing it.

    2. I am getting ready to try this recipe tonight. I didn’t think this recipe could sound better until reading your comment. Can you please send me the instructions for your recipe please!!! I really want to try this tonight. Looking forward to hearing from you!!!!

    1. You can use the slider tool (hover over the servings) to adjust the recipe card to show 3 breasts and follow the adjusted amounts for the other ingredients. Hope this helps!

  15. This recipe is amazing! I used maple smoked bacon and the whole house smells incredible.
    Definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Hi, this looked so good in theory. But we tried it tonight and it was waaaaaaay too garlicky. Almost inedible. And I only used two tablespoons instead of three. Could 3T be a typo, or are there just a lot of people out there who just love garlic? I even watched your video of how to make this recipe, and it looks like you add a lot less garlic than the recipe calls for. I’m going to try it again and add maybe 1/2 TEAspoon instead of 3 TABLEspoons to see if we like it better. Thanks in advance for any advice you may give!

  17. I was searching for a recipe to make for dinner tomorrow and this looks amazing! After reading all of the awesome reviews, I cannot wait to make this for my family ?

  18. Can’t go wrong with this!! My boyfriend absolutely loved it. Mine took a little longer (maybe my chicken breasts were larger) to bake. I ended up putting foil over the top halfway through to make sure the chicken didn’t dry out. It was so juicy and perfect! Delicious!!! Also very easy with minimal cleanup. Will definitely be making this again.

  19. I really want to make this! Looks so good and easy. I have a question regarding some folks’ comments about the bacon not being crispy on the bottom. Do you think it would work to brown the bottom quickly in a cast iron skillet and then put in the oven and bake in the cast iron skillet?

    1. I recommend baking on a rack or placing some foil underneath the chicken. Both ideas will help it from sitting in the juices that come from the chicken during the cooking process. Good luck!

    1. You can put it on a metal cooking rack or ball up a bit of foil for underneath so the chicken sits up higher to keep it from getting too soggy. Enjoy!

  20. I tried this and it tasted good… but the brown sugar mixture just fell off the chicken and the breasts ended up cooking in a soup of chicken water and sugar. the insides of the breasts were very dry. The bacon was delicious … but… how do you make it form like a crust??

    1. Try and pat down the chicken before putting together. That will help get rid of as much liquid as possible to hopefully avoid that happening again. Hope this helps!

      1. I don’t eat pork so I tried this with dark meat turkey bacon and it worked just fine. Obviously I’m not sure exactly how it would have tasted with regular bacon or how this compared, but it was certainly a tasty meal and we are going to be making it again.

  21. When I made this recipe, the bacon was cooked thoroughly but it did not get crispy. Is there advice you have for getting crispy bacon when wrapped?

    1. You can try and cook it on an elevated rack so it’s not sitting directly on the bottom of the pan. Also, try placing it under the broiler for just a bit at the end. Both options should help. Enjoy!

      1. I’m cooking it right now!! I use thick bacon so I baked the bacon for about 17-20 minutes 1st… still floppy. Tore the bacon to fit the large breasts I used to cover the top of the breasts so hopefully all the bacon will be cooked and I hope a bit crispy!!

    1. The brown adds needed moisture and clinginess and helps with caramelization. I’d really have to test before giving an okay on regular sugar, but my gut would say no.

      1. If you happen to have molasses on hand, you could make brown sugar by adding 1 tablespoon molasses to 1 cup white sugar and pulsing in a blender/food processor 🙂

  22. This was OK but the bacon was extremely soggy on the bottom and the chicken was very greasy. It should be cooked on a rack for sure. I think it’s a good base receipe but lacking something.

  23. 5/5 Oh my gosh my family loved this recipe! I crisped the bacon even more by putting the pan of deliciousness under the broiler for 5-7 minutes. If you love bacon this recipe is for you. Needless to say there was sadly no leftovers. Awesome recipe and I never write reviews but had to for this one

  24. I made this recipe a while ago and my family went crazy for it. My husband begs for me to make it again, so tonight it is! I’m not a pro chef, just a regular mom and wife, and this recipe came out perfect!

  25. Chicken and bacon takes longer to cook then the time provided chicken generally takes a hour and 20mins and bacon takes 35 to 40mins I put my chicken on baking pan with a cooling rack cooked the chicken a little bit with no seasoning and the brought the chicken out drained the juices from the pan added the seasoning and wrapped 3 pieces of bacon around and I used tooth picks to help hold the bacon together and put extra brown sugar on the bacon to help seal to the chicken and I served it with brown sugar red potatoes with butter and garlic and it turned out amazing.

  26. This chicken has a good flavor, but the bacon was soggy and I had to cook the chicken much longer than the recipe called for. I ended up putting it under the broiler for a few minutes to get it to brown a bit. But the bacon never got crispy, and the bacon underneath the chicken (wrapped under) was particularly soggy.

    1. Tried a bit different take on this. Cut chicken thighs into 2 inch pieces and used a wok for cooking all ingredients. Used turkey bacon for lower fat but still used brown sugar. Threw in some flakes of red pepper, and people (myself included) added sriracha sauce, to taste. Total hit.