Baked Brown Sugar And Garlic Chicken

Baked Brown Sugar And Garlic Chicken

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This year, I’m focusing on leading a simpler life. In the kitchen, this means decluttering and getting back to the basics of cooking, and focusing on effortless meals that require little prep and ingredients. I bake a lot of chicken because it’s an easy and cleaner way of getting dinner on the table. I can quickly prep this dish, pop it in the oven, and take care of another task while it cooks. As a family of five, we buy large packs of chicken. I like to cook it all at once to avoid having to cook much during the week.

With a cabinet full of spices, I have a few established ways that I prepare our baked chicken and I’m working on sharing them all. Today, though I want to share a recipe that Daddy G loves. He’s picky when it comes to chicken. He’s not really a fan of fried unless it’s doused in honey and he won’t eat chicken leftovers unless the chicken retains moisture. So for my sweet and moist (I hesitated thrice typing this!) chicken lovin’ husband, this baked Brown Sugar And Garlic Chicken recipe wins.


Baked Brown Sugar & Garlic Chicken
  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • Salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter or coconut oil, divided (2 tsbp & 1 tbsp)
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp Italian dried herb blend (basil, oregano, thyme)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, to your liking.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large oven-safe pan over medium high heat. Add chicken and sear both sides until golden brown; set aside.
  4. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the pan. Add minced garlic and cook 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir in brown sugar, honey, and Italian herbs until well combined. Add a few tablespoons of water if needed to help break down the brown sugar. Return chicken to the pan and place the lid on.
  6. Place pan of chicken into the oven and let it roast until completely cooked, for about 20 minutes. To crispen the skin, place uncovered pan under the broiler for 5 minutes or less.
  7. Garnish with scallions or parsley if desired. Serve immediately.
I'm generous with Lawry's garlic salt with parsley in place of salt and a little lemon pepper if I'm feeling adventurous. 🙂
Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious.



Can we talk about this gorgeous stainless pan? It’s the 12″ Expressions Sauté Pan sent to me by the folks at Kitchen Fair. I love a good dual purpose pan since I’m trying to simplify and eliminate the amount of wares my kitchen. This one’s definitely a keeper! It’s lightweight, but mighty and has some pretty awesome features. As I grow older, I certainly appreciate these things!

The 12″ Expressions Sauté Pan’s multi-ply design features 304 stainless steel interior for durability, aluminum core for even heating and performance, and 430 Magnetic Stainless Steel for Induction Stove compatibility. It’s Non-Toxic, PFOA FREE Non-stick coating is 10X more non-stick than conventional brands. It’s safe even at high temps and can also go in the dishwasher.


This pan is the best of both worlds. I love the look of stainless, but I cannot do anything but boil in stainless. I feel more at ease about my decision of switching back to non-stick when using Kitchen Fair’s American-made cookware. If you’re interested in learning more about Kitchen Fair’s products, check them out and consider hosting a show at your next brunch or GNO dinner. After all, friends don’t let friends cook with busted cookware!

I hope you enjoyed this simple dinner idea. If you decide to make Brown Sugar And Garlic Chicken in your own kitchen, feel free to leave a comment, or tag me or #Sophistishe on INSTAGRAM or FACEBOOK!

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Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • traceykinohio May 20, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    YUMZ!!! I am NOT a chicken fan, unless it’s boneless/skinless or in a salad, but this looks great. The Sig/Other eats enuff chicken that he may turn into one, but he won’t eat ‘sweet meat.’ (whatever….) And I agree – your pictures are great; ‘in your spare time’, you should do a cookbook! Lol. Call it “SophistiEats. 🙂

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  • Stacey Stegg May 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    This looks delicious, easy and cheap! My kinda meal!! Great weeknight meal too. Thanks for sharing, it’s on my list!

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  • Toughcookiemommy May 11, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    This garlic chicken recipe looks so good and hearty. I prefer chicken over other meats so I know that I would really enjoy this recipe.

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  • Di May 11, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    I’ve vegan but I might try this on the gardien filets! or even tofu or tempeh! Thinking about it it’d be pretty good with tempeh. Wondering if I could substitute maple syrup for the honey. THanks for the inspiration!

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  • laura londergan May 11, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    this looks insanely delicious and your photos are simply stunning!!! I may have to give this a try as I love all things with chicken 😉

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  • CourtneyLynne May 11, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Omg this chicken looks so yummy!!! I always buy chicken in bulk and always looking for new ways to cook it up, so I will have to give this a try!

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  • Heather May 11, 2016 at 7:37 AM

    This is one of my favorites! It helps that the kids will eat it. I usually use chicken breast, I will have to try it this way!

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  • Ronnie Leyba May 11, 2016 at 2:11 AM

    Oh my! I am drooling over these tasty chickens. Love this recipe.

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  • Michele May 11, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    I love garlic chicken… the brown sugar is just icing on the cake! Pinning for future use! Thanks

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  • Paula May 11, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    This dish looks so tasty! I like playing with spices, so I really appreciate that you’re focusing on that this year. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  • Mimi May 10, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    This sounds like an amazing recipe. My hubby and I are always looking for new chicken recipes. You speak to both of our taste buds with garlic for him and brown sugar for me. That pan would be a perfect fit for my large burner.

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  • KRYSTLE COOK May 10, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Lovely looking chicken. Sounds amazingly tasty. I will have to look into that pan. I don’t think mine can go in the oven.

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  • Debra May 10, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    This sounds absolutely amazing! I love brown sugar on chicken, it makes such an amazing glaze!

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  • jill conyers May 10, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Brown sugar and garlic sounds like a wonderful flavor combination. I don’t eat meat but my family certainly does and they would love this.

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  • Rachel Langer May 10, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    I don’t eat sugar but I bet I could just add more honey. These look so good!

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  • Deb-It's me, debcb May 10, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Sounds delicious. I’m not a big fan of dark meat chicken so I think I’d make this with breasts instead.

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  • tp keane May 10, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    OMG, these look so good. I can’t wait to try out this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Denea May 9, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    This looks amazing! I love Garlic Chicken so this would be even better!

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  • Amanda May 9, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    This is totally going on my menu and grocery list ASAP. It looks so delicious, and like something all my kids will eat!

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  • Blythe A. May 9, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    This recipe looks delicious. I would never think to add brown sugar to chicken, but it sounds really interesting. Love the pan too.

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  • Ana De- Jesus May 9, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    I like the idea of combining sugar with garlic. I might try that with my Quorn chicken and it would taste delicious!

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  • michele May 9, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    My boyfriend would die if I made him his recipe. I just might when he gets home from training! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Terri Steffes May 9, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Oh yes, this looks darned good. I just got back from Indiana this weekend. My daughter is a professor at IU in Bloomington. Great state!

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  • karen May 9, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    I am actually making a slow cooker chicken today and have been looking for new chicken recipes. This looks really yummy and easy to prep, so I’ll be trying this recipe out soon!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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  • Robin Masshole Mommy May 9, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    That sounds wonderful. I think my whole family would love this meal idea. I will have to try it soon.

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  • Renz May 4, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    This looks yummy. My husband ONLY eats chicken…. We have been together for 10 years. I think I have touched EVERY chicken recipe on the planet.. lol. I am def saving this one to add to the rotation.
    That pot is gorgeous, though. I am like you at the point of age where I do need little better pots and pans. I love dual use one. Stove, pop into the oven. Quick and easy.

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  • Natasha May 4, 2016 at 7:25 AM

    That looks so divine! I’m chomping at the bit to get a pan that large, and I always see them too! Now it’s being revisited!

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