Brown Sugar and Garlic Chicken Crockpot

brown sugar chicken


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Garlic and brown sugar? An unlikely pairing, but boy what a dynamite flavor combination. The mix of sweet and savory will have your taste buds running wild. Not to mention the slow cooked chicken practically melts in your mouth. Trust us on this one, this recipe will be a new crockpot staple in your kitchen.

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Time needed

20 min preparation + 6-8 hour cooking

Serving Size / Yield

5 servings


  • 4-6 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 C packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 C apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 C lemon-lime soda
  • 2-3 Tbs minced garlic
  • 2 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs fresh ground pepper
  • 2 Tbs corn starch
  • 2 Tbs water
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

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Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place chicken (frozen, thawed or fresh) inside slow cooker. Mix together brown sugar, vinegar, soda, garlic, soy sauce, and pepper together. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours. Take chicken pieces out of slow cooker (mine basically fell apart) and pour remaining sauce into saucepan. Place saucepan over high heat. Mix together corn starch and water, pour into saucepan, and mix well. Let sauce come to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes, or until it starts to thicken and turns into a glaze. Remove from heat and let sit for a minute or two (it will continue to thicken as it cools down). Sprinkle red pepper flakes on top if desired.  

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