Baked Chicken to Die For!

When my husband and I got married I could not cook to save my life.  It was pitiful.  I decided to make baked chicken and ended up burning the outside of chicken, but the inside was still raw.  That takes talent right there!  And bless his heart, my husband always ate the food I made (not the raw chicken…we threw that out). When I had a genius idea to make spaghetti pie…he ate it. It was gross! However, over the years I’ve gotten quite good at cooking.  Now I look forward to family dinners; I look forward to throwing parties at my house; and most of all, I get really excited to try a new recipe.  Here’s an oven baked chicken recipe I tried tonight (adapted from the recipe found HERE).

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 Baked Chicken with Garlic and Brown Sugar


  • 4 Boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 Tbs brown sugar
  • 3 tsp olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray baking dish with oil (I used my Mistobaked chicken filled with olive oil…if you don’t have one of these, get one!  I have two, one filled with olive oil and one filled with vegetable oil).
  2. Put the olive oil in a small pan and saute the garlic until it is tender.
  3. Remove the olive oil and garlic from heat and add the brown sugar.
  4. Place chicken breasts into the baking dish and spread the brown sugar and garlic mixture over top of the chicken.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 30-45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked completely through.

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Did The Like It?!?

My family LOVED this recipe for baked chicken.  Even picky eaters (like my son) will love this recipe!  Don’t have time to mince your own garlic? No worries! Pick up some jarred minced garlic and use that. One garlic clove is equal to about 1/2 teaspoon jarred, minced garlic.  However, we like garlic in my family so I put a little extra in!  I really recommend you use a meat thermometerbaked chicken when cooking chicken.  For instance, in my oven, it took 42 minutes for my chicken to be cooked to the proper temperature.  I wouldn’t have known that had I now had my meat thermometer! Trust me though, it was well worth the wait!  Doesn’t it look delicious?!?

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Give this simple baked chicken recipe a try…I bet your family will thank you for it!  I served this dish with brown rice and green beans. However, if you want to jumpstart your side dish game and really wow your family and friends, then you need to try this bacon wrapped asparagus recipe over at the Salty Side Dish! Not only does it look amazing, but come on…it has bacon and we all know everything tastes better with bacon!!

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**Please note, I recently started making this recipe at a lower temperature and cooking it longer. Recipe above reflects the new temperature.**

So tell me, what is your favorite chicken recipe?


  1. Oh my yum! This looks so tasty! 🙂

  2. That looks so good and super easy to make! I’m going to have to give it a try. I bet the kids would love it too.

  3. That looks amazing. I am definitely going to make that for myself!!!

  4. ok I just made it this but the mixture was like a paste. Should I had added more oil? oh well I’ll check it when it comes out of the oven. Sounds really good.

    • I hope it turned out good for you. Yes it was thick for me as well. But it still baked well. I do think next time I may add an extra tsp of oil. but I don’t know. They turned out really well.

  5. Made this tonight and my daughter loved it!!! I did have to add a little more olive oil to the sugar mixture and it did great. I think next time I make this I am going to put a little rosemary in the sugar mixture.

  6. Is 500 degrees right? I usually don’t cook anything that high but hey, what do I know???

  7. Found this thru pinterest, so tired of boring chicken. This was soooo easy and turned out great. Thank you so much.

  8. Liz McCaslin says

    Have you ever tried it with porkchops?

    • I haven’t, but usually whatever I do with chicken, I do with pork so I bet it will be good!

      • I just made this on top of pork chops. Worked really well. I baked in a 13x9x2 glass dish at 400 for 15 min. The chops were thin and came out great!

  9. this looks awesome going to make it tonight. IS this covered or non covered in the oven? i just dont want it ti cook too fast and the meat is still raw

    • I made it uncovered, but if you want to cover it, I would uncover it for the last ten minutes or so. That’s what I usually do with my covered chicken recipes.

  10. Okay.. I think my oven must get hotter than everyone else’s? This ended up a little dry and burnt? Fire alarm went off during cooking? I’m going to lower the temp next time because I really don’t think this was how it was supposed to turn out?

    • Oh wow! It might be. My old oven was getting a lot hotter and i wasn’t until I purchased one of those oven thermometers that I realized just how much hotter it was getting.

      I’m sorry the chicken didn’t turn out for you.

  11. I plan on making this in the next nights, what adjustments would you make for chicken tenderloins?

    • I’ve had bad luck with cooking chicken tenderloins in the oven. I usually use my George Foreman grill. However I do make chicken fingers from chicken tenderloins and I put them on a rack in a drip pan and turn the heat down. If you didn’t want to do it that way, another thing I would do would probably cover them with foil.

  12. This looks good but my hubby doesn’t love really sweet meats … does this taste sweet?

  13. It’s in the oven right now! Hope it turns out as good as it looks!

  14. Made this tonigh, and it was awesome! I did lower my oven temperature to 400 after about 5 minutes, though, because it was smoking!! Only took about 10 more minutes to cook. So simple!

    • I just made it the other day as well and I lowered the temp to 400 as well. It didn’t smoke on me at all the first time, but this time it did.

      glad you liked it!

  15. Jordyn Coutts says

    Can you make this in the crockpot? And if so for how long

    • I’ve never made it in the crockpot, but when I do cook chicken in the crockpot, I cook it for about 6 hours. So I’d probably cook it on low for six hours, checking it with a meat thermometer after 5 hours.

  16. Looks really tasty but to die for…I think not.

  17. What if you don’t like garlic? Will it still be good or can you substitute something for the garlic?

    • I love garlic so I put it in almost everything I make. I really don’t know what you could sub for the garlic.

      I have taken different seasonings and mixed it with olive oil to marinate meat and it’s turned out OK…you could maybe do that with this.

  18. Looked really good in the picture. Made it and it was the worst thing I’ve ever made. I followed the recipe exactly. What I got was sweet coated chicken, candied minced garlic, and (after it had all melted off the chicken) burnt brown sugar around the chicken breasts. I don’t know what went wrong.

  19. I have two cut up chickens (16 pieces total) that I have cleaned and taken skin OFF.
    I would like to bake it (dinner tonight, a lot of company).
    Looking for a recipe. do you think this would work with skinless bone-in chicken?
    I would mix it up, add rosemary and rub all over…then bake uncovered. what do you think?…
    other suggestion?

    • Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t ever buy bone-in chicken so I don’t know how cooking goes with that. Maybe lower the temp down. But I really don’t know other than that.

  20. Sounds good. Going to try this in my NuWave oven

  21. How much more brown sugar, garlic & oil if using six breasts?

    • Hi Krissy! If it were me, I would probably make 1 1/2 times the amount I listed so maybe 2 more TBS brown sugar, 1.5 tsp more oil and 1-2 more cloves of garlic (I would do 2 because I love garlic, but that’s up to you!).

  22. Are you using light or dark brown sugar?

  23. I just prepared this recipe and in the oven now. I did add a little extra olive oil because the garlic and brown sugar mixture looked a bit dry. I’m wondering if you need to add any extra seasoning for flavor or does it already have good flavor?
    As we all know chicken is very bland. Im cooking it on 375 and i did cover with foil because i don’t want it to dry out.

  24. This sounds amazing!

  25. This looks delicious, can’t wait to try it!

  26. I need t make this soon. I bought brown sugar at the grocery store last week, and had no idea why. It must have been to let me know I would see this recipe

  27. This sounds so yummy and so easy! Recipes like this are seriously my favorite – who has time to prepare meals that take forever each night! I could even maybe prep this as a freezer meal for the crock pot!

  28. This sounds so yummy!! But I think garlic makes everything better!!

  29. Oh yum!! This sounds (and looks) absolutely delicious! Yum yum 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  30. I am always looking for new chicken dishes since this is all I eat! Making this one for sure!

  31. My husband likes baked chicken quite a bit. I love how nice and simple this recipe is to make.

  32. We are always looking for new ways to make chicken. This recipe sounds easy and super flavorful!

  33. I tried it because it was easy but unfortunately I didn’t find it tasty enough. Anyway, thanks for your recipe.

  34. That looks really good! We eat chicken multiple times a week so I am always looking for new ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  35. I’m always looking for new delicious recipes! This looks great and easy enough for me.

  36. Mmmm this sounds really good, and easy with only 4 ingredients!

  37. I’m always looking for new ways to make chicken. This looks really good and easy to prepare.

  38. I rarely make chicken at home because I just dont feel like I can ever make it that good… And um, YOU clearly make it WAY BETTER than I do as well! HOT DAMN!

  39. That sounds amazing! I love dishes like this that combine sweet and savory. It so great!

  40. Yummo! I love to make chicken, but my recipes are getting tired. I can’t wait to throw this into the rotation.

  41. This is definitely simple enough that I could do it. I am right there with you when we first got married I can’t say I was a stellar cook. I have gotten better over the years but I still like simple and easy recipes.

  42. My mom loves baked chicken, I will have to send her this recipe. I add garlic to EVERYTHING!

  43. That photo made me literally able to smell and taste it! I love that it is so perfectly browned! YUMMY! Thanks for the recipe!

  44. Looks great, and the recipe sounds easy. I’ll have to give this a try especially considering how busy our weeknights have gotten. I also need to mix up our routine a little bit and this is perfect!

  45. I love the look of this chicken. Nicely browned and looking delicious. I’ll try the recipe for sure.

  46. One of my favorite chicken recipes is crockpot chicken. Just dump chicken into a crockpot and cover with a bottle of your fave BBQ sauce, set on high and dinner is ready in 4 hrs. Your recipe looks easy and would put dinner on the table in no time and I LOVE IT!

  47. My five-year-old hates chicken. He almost cries if he thinks he has to eat any. I wonder if I tricked him into trying this if I could get him to eat more!!

  48. I love a good baked chicken recipe! Yours looks so moist and yummy!!

  49. This looks amazing. I’m always looking for new recipes for chicken. Chicken is one of my families favorite meats.

  50. Sounds really tasty and like something my whole family would like. I’m going to give this a try.

  51. This recipe looks so good! I feel like I am starving right now lol. Saving to try out this weekend!

  52. Victoria Heckstall says

    This looks delicious! I wanna grab it right now!! I’ll have to try this recipe!

  53. Lori TerHaar says

    My family and I did not care for this dish. Lacked flavor but it was very easy.

  54. I’m want to try this recipe, but I have a question, what about salt? No salt is needed?

  55. I like your reicpes…

  56. Do you cover it before you cook it?

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