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Brown Sugar Chicken

This Brown Sugar Chicken recipe is one of those quick and easy weeknight meals you’ll make again and again because it’s easy, pantry friendly, all made in one skillet and most importantly, unbelievably delicious! The chicken is seasoned with a flavorful paprika, chipotle spice rub and seared in a sizzling skillet then bathed in the sweet, savory, tangy garlic brown sugar sauce that is practically drinkable – or at least lick your plate worthy.  The succulent Brown Sugar Chicken emerges seeping with intoxicating complex flavor and scrumptiously tender.  Serve your easy chicken dinner over a bed of creamy mashed potatoes, with a strawberry spinach salad, glazed carrots and breadsticks for a 30-minute dinner everyone will look forward to!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings



  • 2 large chicken breasts or 5-6 boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tsp EACH paprika, garlic powder, onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp EACH ground cumin, salt, pepper, chipotle chile pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

Brown Sugar Sauce


  • Slice the chicken breasts in the half through the equator to create 4 fillets. Cover with plastic wrap and pound to an even thickness. Pat dry.
  • Whisk the flour and all chicken seasoning together in a shallow dish. Reserve 1 tablespoon to use later in the sauce. Dredge each breast in the remaining flour mixture, shake off any excess, then transfer to a dry surface.
  • Melt the 2 tablespoons butter in 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add chicken and cook for 4-5 (depending on thickness) per side until golden and cooked through. Transfer chicken to a plate, don't wipe out skillet.
  • Mix chicken broth with cornstarch and add to the skillet, followed by all of the sauce ingredients, including the 1 tablespoon reserved flour mixture. Bring sauce to a simmer while scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan; simmer until sauce thickens to desired consistency, stirring often. Taste the sauce and add additional lemon juice for tangier/less sweet if desired.
  • Add chicken back to the skillet and spoon some of the sauce over top. Warm through over low heat so the chicken can soak up some of the sauce. Garnish with fresh parsley (optional) and serve with mashed potatoes, polenta, rice or cauliflower rice. If the chicken is too sweet for your liking, garnish with freshly squeezed lemon juice.


How to Store and Reheat 

  • To store: Transfer the chicken in brown sugar sauce to an airtight container.  Store in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  • To freeze: Cool the chicken to room temperature, then transfer to an airtight container or plastic freezer bag along with sauce. Squeeze out any excess air. Freeze for 2 to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Microwave: Chop or thinly slice the chicken so it cooks evenly. Transfer chicken to a microwave-safe plate and microwave for 30 seconds then at 15 second intervals as needed.
  • Skillet: Reheat in a nonstick skillet just until warmed through, flipping the chicken occasionally.  
  • Oven: Transfer chicken to a baking sheet, cover with foil and reheat at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes, or just until warmed through.