5 from 9 votes
Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken
Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Delicious and juicy, Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken is made with chicken thighs, pan-seared until golden and crispy, then baked underneath a sticky-sweet sauce!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 630 kcal
Author: Kelly Anthony
  • 2 - 2 1/2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 3 tablespoon avocado or canola oil, separated
  • 3 teaspoons Kosher salt, separated
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup light brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Teriyaki sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dried chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 375° and have ready a greased 9x13" casserole dish. Pat the chicken thighs dry with a paper towel. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with 2 teaspoons Kosher salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper. Rub all over to evenly adhere.

  2. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to a large pan over medium-high heat and allow to come to temperature. Add the chicken to pan skin-side down and sear for 2 1/2 - 3 minutes, or until golden. Do not overcrowd the pan, and sear in batches if necessary. Flip the chicken and sear for an additional 1-2 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and transfer to the casserole dish.

  3. Turn off the heat, and carefully using a spoon, remove all but a very thin layer of grease from the pan. Take care to wipe the sides of the pan clean if needed before returning to the heat.

  4. Return the pan to medium-high heat, add the garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add the sugar, water, Teriyaki sauce, dried chives, 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, cayenne pepper and stir to combine. Simmer until thick and sticky, 3-5 minutes.

  5. Carefully pour or spoon the sauce evenly over the chicken and bake for 14-16 minutes (or until the chicken's internal temperature has reached 165°). Allow to cool slightly, serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 630 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 185mg62%
Sodium 1551mg67%
Potassium 506mg14%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 1305IU26%
Vitamin C 11.5mg14%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.