Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken


Back to regular programming! I took a mini break from blogging to celebrate with my family for Chinese New Year. Being Vietnamese, my family doesn’t really celebrate any holidays except for Christmas. That’s right, there’s no such thing as Thanksgiving dinner in my family. We do, however, do a little something for Chinese New Year. My whole dad’s side of the family comes down for the weekend and we eat ALL. DAY. LONG.


Seriously, I’m pretty sure I ate from 3PM-9PM. I’m still recovering from this past weekend. Do you guys celebrate Chinese New Year? Do you still get little red envelopes? I may be in my mid twenties, but my parents still give us li xi (red envelopes). I think our cut off point from that is when we’re married. Or maybe I’ll get little red envelopes until I die. Who knows.


My pops made his usual banh chung for the occasion and they were devoured. He gave most of them away, but we kept a good amount at home for us to nibble on.

Family gatherings are always a bit hectic and every bit entertaining. I was able to see some of my aunts and uncles that I haven’t seen in years! Our family gatherings now have the next generation of kids. We were the “babies” for so long that it’s about time we’ve been replaced. Although we’re only at three kiddos right now, I’m sure that number will be increasing over the next couple of years.


This chicken is an easy recipe to throw together for dinner. With only a couple of ingredients, I’m sure you have everything in your pantry ready to go. Even though it’s baked uncovered, the inside stays plump and juicy.


The result was a sweet, garlic-y chicken from Daydream Kitchen. Try this recipe if you’re tired of bland, boring, and tasteless chicken. I served it over a bed of white rice, but it’d also be great over some pasta!


Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F and lightly grease a casserole dish.
  2. In small pan, sauté garlic with the oil until tender. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar.
  3. Place chicken breasts in a prepared baking dish and cover with the garlic and brown sugar mixture.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Bake uncovered for 20-30 minutes.




  1. says

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to give it a try :)

    my family celebrates Chinese New year. we have 2 big dinners- one on new year’s eve and another the day after.. SO much yummy food!! (oh and i’m married & in my 30’s and still get red envelopes LOL) My mom also makes banh chung and the sticky brown sugar -nian gao too :)

    • mary ellens twat says

      Wah wah wah, don’t be made u didn’t think of it Mary Ellen….ur just a crabby old hag that can only cook pot roast and mashed potatoes

  2. Elaine says

    Sounds sort of like what I am making for supper tonight–Pecan chicken–season and brown the chicken on all sides, put chicken in casserole dish. combine brown sugar and maple syrup in saute pan, cook for 1 min, add 2 cups finely chopped lightly toasted pecans to sugar/syrup and cook for 1 min. pour over chicken, cover and bake at 375° for 15-20 min or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

  3. andrea says

    My husband just got a huge amount of bone-in chicken thighs today. While it’s a different spin on the recipe, I think this will be on the menu sometime this week.

  4. Haley says

    I just made this for my boyfriend’s lunch at work tomorrow. I used chicken tenders as I didn’t have any chicken breasts and I thought they turned out great! I feel like it could use a little bit more olive oil to make it more of a sauce instead of a paste and next time I also think i’ll add some onion powder. Overall a wonderful recipe! Keep them coming, and thank you so much for such a winning recipe! :)

  5. Debbie says

    Delicious. I added creole seasoning to the chicken when I salt and peppered it (both sides). Then after adding brown sugar/garlic mixture I poured some honey over it. Wowser, so good.


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