Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

The best and easiest chicken ever, baked to crisp-tender perfection along with the most amazing sweet garlic sauce!

Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken - The best and easiest chicken ever, baked to crisp-tender perfection along with the most amazing sweet garlic sauce!

So I’ve been on a major chicken-thigh-kick lately. It’s weird because I never even thought I liked chicken thighs until I used it in this slow cooker honey sesame chicken. From there, I was hooked. But then I used bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs for the very first time in this pan roasted lemon chicken and I was in heaven.

Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken - The best and easiest chicken ever, baked to crisp-tender perfection along with the most amazing sweet garlic sauce!

From the honey mustard  chicken to the chicken and mushroom skillet, I’m just loving the whole sear-first-then-roast method since it makes the most crisp-tender chicken thighs ever. It’s unbelievably juicy and yet you still have that amazing crust on top too.

Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken - The best and easiest chicken ever, baked to crisp-tender perfection along with the most amazing sweet garlic sauce!

And this sweet brown sugar, garlicky crust is to die for. I seriously wanted to guzzle it down. Or triple the sauce so I can serve it over everything and anything.  I’m actually bummed that I didn’t because there was absolutely no sauce leftover here. I licked the plate clean and a single drop wasn’t left at all!

Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

The best and easiest chicken ever, baked to crisp-tender perfection along with the most amazing sweet garlic sauce!

Ingredients:

  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 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

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken, skin-side down, and sear both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side; set aside.
  4. Melt remaining tablespoon butter in the skillet. Add garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir in brown sugar, honey, oregano, thyme and basil until well combined. Return chicken to the skillet.
  6. Place into oven and roast until completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 175 degrees F, about 25-30 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.