Brown Sugar & Garlic Barbecue Chicken

This Brown Sugar & Garlic Barbecue Chicken adds a subtle sweet and savory flavor that is truly unique and so delicious.

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When I mentioned this recipe to a friend, she was a little unsure of the brown sugar and garlic combo, but I’m here to tell you – and my kids will tell you as well – it is AMAZING! The savory garlic blends so well with the sweet molasses flavor of the brown sugar. It would make a fabulous chicken dinner all on it’s own, but adding your favorite barbecue sauce sends it over the top.

My daughter has become a picky eater. Like, crazy, “yesterday chocolate chip pancakes were my favorite and today I’d rather starve than eat them” kind of picky. (And yes, this really happened – who gives up chocolate chip pancakes??). But guess what? She LOVED this chicken. Even had seconds. That’s how good it is.

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Please ignore the canned green beans. It’s the only vegetable my son will eat. He’s a little picky too.

I used chicken tenders because it’s what I had on hand, but sometimes I actually prefer that to the larger chicken breasts. There is a much quicker cooking time and no pounding required. I think my kids really like the more sauce, less chicken ratio!

It’s super easy to make, using just a few ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Our favorite Barbecue sauce is Sweet Baby Ray’s, but you can use any of your family’s favorites.

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Brown Sugar & Garlic Barbecue Chicken

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 10 chicken tenders or about 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 9" x 12" baking dish with foil or lightly coat with cooking spray.
  • Mix brown sugar and garlic in a small bowl.
  • Place chicken in the baking dish and spread the brown sugar/garlic mixture evenly over the chicken.
  • Bake chicken for about 10 minutes for tenders, 15-20 for chicken breasts, or until juices are clear.
  • Turn on the broiler and brush barbecue sauce evenly over chicken. Broil for about 5 minutes, careful not to let it burn.

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  1. Going to be giving this recipe a try tonight. Took out chicken breasts and wanted to try something different. We are fans of Sweet Baby Rays and love garlic so this sounds like it should be a big hit! Thank you for a nice change in chicken recipes??

  2. I loved this chicken! Ingredients on hand, baked according to recipe, and came out delicious!!! My 12 year old daughter (Miss Picky) loved it. The flavor was restaurant quality! I am definitely making this recipe again! I love finding simple recipes that taste sensational! ?

    1. You would add about 10-15 minutes to the cooking time. Be aware that frozen chicken will render more liquid so it won’t be as thick.

    1. Yes, it’s lots and lots of garlic! You can use less if you prefer, but it pretty much coats the chicken in this recipe.

  3. I made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious. The garlic with brown sugar is an awesome mix. I seasoned up my chicken breast with adobo, all purpose seasoning, Cayenne, salt and galric salt the spice gave it a good kick. I also used hickory BBQ sauce. Over all this a great recipe. Keeper!!! 😉 Thanks.

  4. I just made this for my family, unfortunately none of us liked it. The flavors didn’t seem to pair together very well 🙁

    1. Sorry to hear that your family didn’t enjoy it. It’s been a really popular recipe, but I understand it might not be for everyone. Thanks for your feedback!

  5. Made this tonight. I too just mixed all the ingredients together, coated some chicken thighs, and popped them in the oven. So easy and delicious.

  6. Any chance I can use this recipe but substitute pork chops? If so, any idea how long I would cook them?

    1. Hi Alyssa, Pork Chops have a completely different cook-time and it depends on their size and thickness. I think the marinade would be delicious though. If you try it, please come back and let us know how it worked!

  7. We enjoyed this recipe tonight and my daughter ate it up without complaint! I went the lazy route and dumped the BBQ sauce in with the brown sugar/garlic and cooked it all together. Thanks for sharing an easy week night recipe 🙂

  8. This recipe was delicious! I also am a huge fan of Sweet Baby Rays, the taste is so wonderful, and the added brown sugar really makes everything work together. This was super easy to make, though I will say it took longer to bake the chicken (as I figured it would). I didn’t use exact measurements, I just added as I went along. I also used garlic powder instead, and it tasted just as good to my family and I. As a side I cooked up asparagus in the skillet, and had a spinach salad with added pine nuts, dried cranberries, goat cheese, and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing (too add a healthy side dish). Overall, thank you for this recipe, and I will definitely be making this again!!

  9. I took chicken out of the freezer this morning unsure what I would make with it and I am so glad I found this! Can’t wait to try it!!

  10. This looks good to me. We were just having bbq chicken tonight and my son was not into it but maybe the added flavors will help. I like mixing onion soup, french dressing and apricot jam together and pour that on chicken. Yummy!! Thanks for sharing this recipe.