Brown sugar chicken has only 3 ingredients and turns out delicious in 20 minutes. The brown sugar sauce is tasty and perfect over rice.
Brown sugar chicken
I am so excited to share this amazing recipe for brown sugar chicken. This is the best chicken and you will not believe how simple it is.
It was one of those nights, when I was in the mood for something new, but had no idea what to make. Brown Sugar Skillet chicken was born!
I had no idea what to make for dinner one night and I had chicken and a skillet ready to go. I just stared at my pantry and created this yummy chicken dish.
Our family has been eating it ever since. It is simply amazing.
If you like bacon, try our brown sugar bacon wrapped chicken. Yum!
Everyone will love brown sugar skillet chicken.
I thought I would share it with you because it is definitely frugal. 😉 There are only 3 ingredients – brown sugar, water and chicken!
You can’t get any simpler than that. It is perfect for busy weeknights and sure to be a hit all around. This recipe is the best!
You need a good skillet!
We use a cast iron skillet and it’s perfect for this recipe. I have the Lodge cast iron skillet but you can see all the different brands here.
Cast iron is amazing! You can make so many different recipes and they are great for skillet recipes.
If you are not already cooking with one, you should! They are amazing and the food cooks so evenly.
Don’t be hesitant to use cast iron because it really is simple to use and maintain. It cooks the food so evenly and recipes turn out great.
Let’s get started!
This chicken dish is so simple and easy.
Ingredients for garlic brown sugar chicken:
- boneless skinless chicken breasts or tenders
- olive oil
- brown sugar – You can make your own brown sugar at home. Also check out The Best Brown Sugar Substitutes.
- salt and pepper to taste
How to make brown sugar chicken in a skillet:
First brown the chicken on both sides. You want to get them nice and brown so you get the brown crispy stuff on the pan. That makes EXTRA flavor in your sauce.
I seasoned with salt and pepper too.
Next dump in your brown sugar and water and stir so the brown sugar melts.
Bring to a small boil – cover with a lid (turn to medium low) and let simmer for 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened. I also flipped the chicken a few times.
Garlic brown sugar chicken is fabulous!
The results were fabulous! It is definitely a delicious chicken coated in a sweet sauce of deliciousness! YUM! From start to finish this chicken was ready in 20 minutes and it was so easy to make!
What to serve with brown sugar skillet chicken?
This recipe is delicious served with white rice. You can learn how to freeze rice and you can make this meal even easier.
I love to grab the rice from the freezer in the morning and when we come home it is all ready to reheat and serve. We do this for lots of meals and it helps on busy weeknights.
Other ideas include Quick & Easy Baked Beans and Sweet Honey Corn Bread. Yum!
It is also delicious with mashed potatoes and microwaved steamed broccoli.
The brown sugar sauce tastes amazing over the rice or mashed potatoes.
This meal is also good with asparagus. This oven roasted asparagus is a family favorite and it is very simple and quick to make.
Save money with this simple dinner idea.
Takeout can be tempting on busy nights but easy recipes like this help to save money. I love knowing I can make this easy baked chicken dish in minutes.
My family gets to enjoy a great meal and I saved money. Fast food isn’t always fast or good but it is definitely expensive. We get to enjoy much better food at home.
Everyone loves all of the brown sugar and garlic flavor in this delicious chicken. Sometimes we even add minced garlic and it is so tasty.
You can also add chicken broth instead of water if you prefer. Just use what you have in this chicken breasts recipoe.
We have even substituted chicken thigh for chicken breasts. It is still amazing and super easy.
Print this easy skillet chicken recipe below:
Brown Sugar Skillet Chicken
- 3 Boneless Skinless chicken breast Filet them or slice them to chicken tenders
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup water
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add in chicken.
- Brown both sides and season with salt and pepper (3-5 minutes per side).
- Stir together the brown sugar and water until well combined.
- Add the brown sugar mixture to the pan and bring to a boil.
- Then reduce the heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Flipping the chicken regularly.
- Then let the chicken and sauce sit for approximately 5 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken. Serve with your favorite sides.
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Try these other easy skillet chicken ideas:
- Tex Mex Skillet Chicken Recipe
- Easy Salsa Chicken Skillet Recipe
- Skillet Chicken and Rice Burritos
- Easy Chicken Risotto
- Skillet Chicken Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe
- Quick Skillet Chicken Fajitas Recipe
- Balsamic Chicken – Easy Skillet Chicken Recipe
- Brown Sugar Skillet Chicken
- Skillet Roasted Red Pepper Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe
Try these other chicken recipes:
- Foil Packet Bacon Ranch Chicken Recipe
- Easy Grilled Chicken Kabob Recipe
- Pepperoni Pizza Chicken
- BBQ Ranch Grilled Chicken Marinade
- Grilled Balsamic Glazed Chicken
- Grilled Teriyaki Chicken with BBQ
- Catalina Glazed Grilled Chicken
- Baked Pineapple BBQ Chicken Recipe
- Grilled Chicken and Veggie Skewers
- Baked Teriyaki Chicken Recipe
I just made this for lunch and it was so yummy. Quick and easy too. Thank-you so much for all your recipes!
Oh I am glad you loved it!
I want to try all of them.
i just made this for a serving for 6…sauce didn’t thicken. i used 1/3 cup brown sugar & 3/4 of water like the recipe called for, very watery and no taste, probably cause it didn’t thicken and watered downed? what did i do wrong??
Sorry – I’m not sure what happened. Since it’s a larger serving, you would want to use a large pan or work in batches in a small pan. We simmered the chicken on low until the sauce thickened, so it’s hard know exactly why yours did not thicken. Thanks.
Delicious and very easy to make. A big hit with the whole family!
This is quick and easy both the basic and the bacon version. Fantastic
I loved this recipe. I used to dread cooking chicken, but learning all these tricks to make the chicken juicey and tender. I also loved that it wasn’t very sweet.
OMG Carrie: All your recipes sound so scrumptious, I am going to try a lot of them, especially the chicken ones & hamburger ones. I like a recipe that is very quick & easy & not too spicey, your recipes are right up my alley. Thankyou & keep these recipes coming.