Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

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Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken made with just five ingredients, you can set it in minutes and have the perfect weeknight meal!

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken made with just five ingredients, you can set it in the morning in just minutes and have the perfect weeknight meal!

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken is the slow cooker chicken version of one of the most popular recipes on my blog of all time, Brown Sugar Garlic Pork with Carrots & Potatoes.

Or if you’re looking for a slow cooker pork version of this recipe (minus the veggies and plus some bacon) here it is! Slow Cooker Bacon Garlic Pork Loin

Some notes about this Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken:

  • Yes, you can absolutely make this meal in the oven. Set it on a sheet pan just like you would in the slow cooker and roast at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes (you may want to use foil).
  • Want some spice? Add in crushed red pepper or a squirt of Sriracha.
  • If you want an even deeper caramel 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.
  • Serve with rice or potato wedges and roasted vegetables.

We LOVE this Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken, we've made it twice this week!

You can also swap out different cuts of chicken in the slow cooker.

  • Try using Chicken Breasts (brownie points for draping bacon on them to keep the chicken moist).
  • Double the topping and toss chicken wings with the same topping and cook for 6 hours on low.
  • Try rubbing a double topping amount over an entire chicken propped up on some foil balls to keep the chicken out of liquid.

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Tools Used in the making of these Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken Thighs:
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.

Recipe

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Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

4.98 from 241 votes
  • Yield: 5 Servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken made with just five ingredients, you can set it in the morning in just minutes and have the perfect weeknight meal!

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

  1. Add the chicken, salt, pepper and garlic to the slow cooker.
  2. Mix it up then flip the chicken skin side up.
  3. Sprinkle on the brown sugar.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 5 Servings, Amount per serving: 308 calories, Calories: 308g, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 110mg, Sodium: 324mg, Potassium: 263mg, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 90g, Vitamin C: 1g, Calcium: 27g, Iron: 0.9g

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Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken made with just five ingredients, you can set it in the morning in just minutes and have the perfect weeknight meal!
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken made with just five ingredients, you can set it in the morning in just minutes and have the perfect weeknight meal!
We LOVE this Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken, we've made it twice this week!
5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken is AMAZING and EASY!

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  1. This is a wonderful recipe! I usually use chicken breasts instead of thighs. While they are tasty, mine seem to turn out a little dry. I don’t add bacon because my husband has dietary restrictions. Do you have any other suggestions to keep them more moist?

    I have made this several times and it is delicious each time!

  2. I had to triple the recipe for a larger gathering and halfway into finishing noticed that the liquid was very runny from the large amount of chicken. One of my family members suggested I pour the liquid from the crockpot into a skillet and cook it on the stove while stirring cornstarch to help thicken it. Although the sauce still looked too runny, it certainly made a difference! I added more seasoning to the chicken, poured the sauce back into the crockpot and allowed the chicken to cook in the sauce for about 10 extra mins. We DEVOURED our dinner tonight! I will definitely be using this again in the future!

  3. We make this regularly but add lots of sriracha. It does not work for me with breasts, only thighs come out tender.

  4. I made this last night. It was delicious. I used boneless skinless thighs because that’s all I had. The chicken actually got a little caramelized. I did cut the cooking time from 8 hours on low setting to 6 and it came out perfect. Hubby said I could make this as many times as I wanted. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Great flavours together! I made this with quarter legs and added a can of chicken broth because I was afraid of it going dry….but It was delicious! It didn’t brown as I wanted it too and that’s probably because I had too much liquid in there including the chickens liquid. After it cooked I had taken the chicken out and pulled them apart into shreds and missed it in with a few table spoons of its broth. I ate it with salad because I wanted it to be like one of those salad bowls from Chipotle. Was so tender and juicy! Thanks for sharing

  6. Looks like a watery mess. Followed the recipe to a tee. Used chicken wings, doubled the ingredients as suggested

    1. Oh bummer! Was your chicken completely thawed before adding them to the slow cooker? I’m wondering if that created the watery portion.

  7. Hi, I see you said this will work roasted in the oven. Would you recommend putting any oil or something on the chicken if using the oven? Or still cooking them dry?

  8. Wasted 4 thighs and 2 breasts making this. I knew it needed a liquid element in a crockpot to keep from drying out but decided to just follow the recipe. Big mistake. After 4 hours on high, I pretty much had jerky…even the thighs were completely dried out…bone in and skin on and that’s tough to do. This chicken died in vein.

  9. My family loves this. I have a similar recipe but you have to cook it in the oven, I live in south Florida, so not a good idea in the summer! When I found this recipe I did a fist pump and have been using it since. Thank you Sabrina!

  10. I made this using chicken breasts and my family loved it! Even my picky eater!!! I honestly was surprised because I wasn’t sure how brown sugar and garlic would go together but it turns out the go great together!

  11. I tried this recipe using chicken breasts and keep everything else the same. This recipe ended up smelling like flavorless, swimming in water boiled chicken after 2 hours. It is really lacking in any flavor and the garlic doesn’t blend well with the taste of the brown sugar. I wasted nearly 2lbs of meat on this recipe. ?

    1. To Highly disappointed …. maybe you used too much chicken and I am not sure if you are saying you boiled the chicken or not but I made this with chicken breasts (3 or 4 large breasts) cooked it on high for part of the time then turned it down to low. My family loved it! Even my daughter who is super picky and hardly ever eats meat! Maybe give it another shot with less chicken ????

    2. I’ve been using this recipe for a while now. Had to find it again online because I’m making it for my sister tomorrow. Kids and adults alike love when I make this! I highly recommend boneless skinless thighs over breasts in this recipe, the breasts come out a little tough every time I try this on them. Thank you!!