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Slow Cooker Brown Sugar & Garlic Chicken


Not too sweet, brown sugar and garlic makes this chicken delicious with a nice kick thanks to the red pepper flakes. Serve with a side of jasmine rice for even more flavors!

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  • 4 to 6 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lemon-lime soda (I used Sprite)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)


Servings 4
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 250mins


Step 1

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 to 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 to 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. This can be served over rice or noodles, but we had ours with a baked potato on the side (It's good on top of the potato too!)

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