Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

5 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes

Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken is made with just five ingredients in your slow cooker. Sticky, garlicky, sweet fall apart bacon and chicken.

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Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken is right in line with all the bacon brown sugar goodness on the blog. It is hard to argue with these magic ingredients working well together. Let’s take a ride down memory lane together!

This may shock you because how many ways can this be done? But yes, bacon, chicken, slow cooker goodness. This feels like one of those toys you buy where you can swap out all the clothing pieces individually on the magnet doll.

And yes, salmon version coming in the new year along with a whole chicken, chicken wings and more.

Look I can’t even say I haven’t enjoyed making and eating all the versions. They are DELICIOUS!

Plus they’re so easy its amost funny. I mean this one is six ingredients if you count salt and pepper. I don’t but according to this Facebook video I posted for the chicken tenders people were pretty mad at me for not counting salt and pepper. I called shenanigans and no one thought I was funny, haha.

Some notes about this Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken:

  • Make it in the oven: Set it on a sheet pan just like you would in the slow cooker and roast at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes (you may want to use foil).
  • Like things spicy? Add in crushed red pepper or a squirt of Sriracha.
  • Do you like a deeper, more molasses kind of flavor? Try dark brown sugar.
  • Do not add any liquid! I know it can be scary to cook dry in a slow cooker, the chicken will release a lot of liquids.

Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken in pot

Tools Used in the making of these Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken:
Slow Cooker: Love this slow cooker and how programmable it is, it has been a workhorse for me… until…
My New Slow Cooker: This recipe was made in this slow cooker. For larger roasts I also brown the meat in the insert and not lose a bunch of the flavor by transferring the meat and leaving the browned bits behind. If you’re thinking of a new slow cooker, consider it if your budget is open.

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Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken is made with just five ingredients in your slow cooker. Sticky, garlicky, sweet fall apart bacon and chicken.
Yield 5 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 5 chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar , packed


  • Add the chicken, salt, pepper and garlic to the slow cooker.
  • Mix it up then flip the chicken skin side up.
  • Wrap each thigh in two slices of bacon.
  • Sprinkle on the brown sugar.
  • Cook on low for 8-9 hours or on high for 5-6 hours.


In case you find the chicken is not as caramelized in your slow cooker as the photos it could be your slow cooker runs a little cooler than mine. In that case put the chicken on a sheet pan and cook under a broiler for 45-90 seconds while watching it like a hawk to and removing before your garlic starts burning.


Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 629mg | Potassium: 396mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.2mg
Keyword: crock pot chicken, crockpot sweet garlic chicken, slow cooker bacon brown sugar garlic chicken

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6 ingredients in this Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken. SO EASY TO MAKE!
Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken is made with just five ingredients in your slow cooker. Sticky, garlicky, sweet fall apart bacon and chicken goodness.
The easiest most delicious slow cooker chicken recipe we've made with chicken, bacon, brown sugar and garlic!

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. I am fixing to make this recipe. Do i roll the chicken thighs in the salt pepper and garlic before wrapping with bacon?

  2. Chicken falls off the bone, the combination of flavors is amazing. I used chicken thighs with skin and bone-in. Will be using this recipe again and again.

  3. Hello,
    I made this recipe last night for my family. It was so delicious. I know it will be something I will be making again. My son who doesn’t like chicken, but loves bacon enjoyed this meal and ate it all.

  4. This recipe was absolutely delicious and sooooo
    Easy. Thanks so much for sharing this with me.

  5. This smelled amazing while it was cooking! I could not wait to taste this chicken. It did not disappoint. I was expecting a teriyaki flavor, but it was more smoky goodness. It looks, smells, and tastes like a lot of effort, but it was so easy. This will be my new go-to meal.

    1. I had 4 skinless, boneless breast…i cooked mine on high 4.5 hours. Turned out fantastic! This recipe is SO easy!!!

  6. This one is a KEEPER for us! We used boneless-stainless thighs (what we had), 8 with extra bacon but everything else. I paired it with boiled potatoes + califoria mixed veg.

  7. Made this earlier this week for a group of girlfriends (while husbands were out doing man things) . . . they absolutely devoured this very simple-to-make chicken dish. And my house smelled so-o-o-o good. Served with roasted whole cauliflower, hasselback potatoes, and green salad. Great, simple meal! Thank you, Sabrina!

  8. I made this last night for dinner for the second time. This time I precooked the bacon slightly before wrapping the chicken with it. It was amazing! The first time I made it the bacon wasn’t cooked @ 30 min and I didn’t want the chicken to dry out while the bacon finished cooking! I also added Gouda cheese on top of chicken before wrapping with bacon.

  9. I bought boneless, skinless turkey breasts as I prefer white meat. Will that still work ok with this recipe?

  10. Made this tonight for dinner and it is delicious! My 2 girls ate it up. I made it on a sheet pan and use boneless chicken thighs (the hubby doesn’t care for bone in). Served with your Stick of Butter Rice (chicken flavored) and steamed broccoli. Will make again with a squirt of Sriracha!

    1. So glad you enjoyed – thank you for coming back and leaving a review. Also, love how you shared that it was a complete meal. Thank you Deborah!