Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

Brown sugar is my new favorite ingredient for a chicken rub.  This is one of my new favorite recipes!
  • 2-4 chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smokey paprika
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Add grapeseed oil over medium high heat. Add chicken and sear both sides until golden brown, about 4-6 minutes per side; set aside.
  • Add additional oil to skillet if needed and add garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in brown sugar, honey, oregano, thyme and basil until mixture thickens, about 2 minutes.  Use a spatula and coat each chicken breast with a small amount of the mixture.
  • Sprinkle the paprika on top of each chicken piece.
  • Line the bottom of a casserole dish with foil and added 1/2 cup of chicken broth or stock.
  • Place into oven and roast until completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 175 degrees F, about 25-30 minutes.
  • Serve chicken immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
The brown sugar melted a bit from the top and made a sauce with chicken breast and the chicken skin tasted like candy!
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