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

4.97 from 216 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. Hi,

    I made this tonight — SO yummy.

    But, I was wondering why mine didn’t look crispy/thick.

    I followed the recipe to a T, so I was wondering if theres another step not mentioned.

    Thanks!

    1. Your chicken may have had more saline which will make it release more liquid, this will keep it from crisping up. If you make again, try broiling for a few minutes when it’s finished cooking.

  2. I have made this a few time just as spelled out above and it was great. This last time I made two small changes or additions I guess. I did crisp up the skin on my chicken thighs before I put them in the crock-pot. Just a preference but not require. Then at the end I strained out the liquids. I put those liquids in a small pot and added cornstarch and cold water mixed and thickened that on the stove top. Poured that over the chicken and severed. Oh man was that good.

  3. No joke, this is my new favorite recipe. I’ve made it about 3 times in the past month. Love serving it with roasted carrots and making a gravy out of the leftover juices for putting on mashed potatoes 🙂 I also like to use seasoned salt instead because… yum, seasoned salt. So simple and delicious.

    1. I wouldn’t recommend unless you have a big slow cooker. You don’t want to crowd the cooker and have too much liquid release from your chicken and not cook out.

    1. I would definitely thaw first. If they release too much liquid, the sauce will be off and you won’t get that golden brown goodness.

        1. It should brown in the slow cooker unless your chicken released a lot of liquid. If so, this will keep it from crisping up. If you make again, try broiling for a few minutes when it’s finished cooking.

  4. I’m cooking this tonight and just threw in the slow cooker. I don’t cook often. Do you have any suggested sides with this meal?

      1. You don’t have to have the bacon to keep it moist, it just adds to it. You can check the chicken after 6 hours (low) to see if they are done.

    1. It’s just a sprinkling of parsley for garnish. Feel free to add it or leave it out, it’s to make the dish pretty 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!

  5. Hi! I have this in my slow cooker right now. I’m looking at the pics of the dish you posted and it looks like you garnished it with a fresh herb sprinkled on top. What herb is that? Parsley? Thank you.

      1. No liquid 🙂 Trust me on this! Since your thighs are skinless and boneless, I would drape some bacon over them to keep moist and add flavor. Let me know how they turn out!