Sweet Garlic Chicken

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Sweet Garlic Chicken is so tender with a sweet caramelized garlic crust baked up juicy in the oven!  The high oven temperature used in this recipe creates the most juicy chicken you’ve ever had!

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This recipe was invented for my sister who eats (and loves) garlic more than anyone I know!  This is not only easy to put together, but cooks up beautiful and juicy!

The key to making this chicken absolutely perfectly juicy is the method of cooking it at a very high temperature.  Not only does this seal in the juices for amazing results, it also caramelizes the sweet garlic topping.

Garlic is naturally sweet and the addition of a little bit of brown sugar makes a this chicken lip smackin’ good!  Because garlic has a lot of natural sugars, you’ll want to ensure you don’t let the garlic brown in the pan, you just want it to slightly soften.

Sweet Garlic Chicken on a plate with salad

Sweet Garlic Chicken close up
5 from 18 votes
Review Recipe

Sweet Garlic Chicken

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Sweet Garlic Chicken is so tender with a sweet caramelized garlic crust baked up juicy in the oven! The high oven temperature used in this recipe creates the most juicy chicken you’ve ever had!


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes

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  • Preheat oven to 450°F
  • Cook garlic with the oil on medium heat until softened and fragrant (do not brown). Remove from heat and add in brown sugar, soy sauce and chili flakes.
  • Put chicken breasts on a foil lined pan and top with the garlic brown sugar mixture.
  • Bake uncovered for 18-22 minutes, or until juices run clear.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 189, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 263mg, Potassium: 430mg, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 110IU, Vitamin C: 2.3mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 0.5mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Dinner
Cuisine American

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    1. Hi Lopez, it should be about the same cook time. You can check to make sure your chicken breasts are done by ensuring they reach and internal temperature of 165°F.

  1. OMGosh, this sounds amazing! I’ve been avoiding cooking chicken because I just don’t know what to do with it anymore but I love how simple and quick this recipe is a weeknight dinner!5 stars

  2. I can’t wait to give this high heat cooking method a try! I do not like chicken breasts because I find they are always dry and bland compared to dark meat – maybe this will solve my chicken-hating woes!

  3. Your sister and I would get along great!  I absolutely love garlic on or in anything.  Sweet garlic with juicy chicken sounds like the best thing ever.  I can’t wait to give this a try.5 stars

  4. You had me at caramelized sweet garlic topping! This look absolutely amazing and that chicken looks so juicy! Making this soon.5 stars

  5. Brown Sugar, Soy Sauce and Chili – how can this chicken be anything other than fantastic! It looks super juicy in the pictures! Love5 stars

  6. This chicken recipe looks so tender and juicy!! The caramelized garlic crust looks heavenly. This is a perfect meal for any day of the week.5 stars

  7. Oooooh my goodness – this chicken *does* look super tender and juicy! Love that sweet, garlicky coating on top, too. YUM!

  8. This looks so juicy, and that caramelised garlic looks like a dream! Saving this to try very soon, my hubby is gonna love this recipe!5 stars

  9. I tried this tonight, it was nothing like the picture. All of the coating ran off, tasted ok. I will not make it again.

  10. I made this tonight my whole family loved it even my 2 yr old an my 5 yr old. Thank you for your recipe we will be adding this to our weekly menu!! Yummmmmmmy!!!

  11. I made this tonight…..YUM! I did cut the chili flakes down to 1/4 tsp though but it was still spicy! Very yummy! My kids are 8 & 5 & they loved it too! I will definitely make this again!!!