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Slow cooker brown sugar garlic chicken in a crock pot topped with fresh parsley.

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

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  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Slow cooker brown sugar garlic chicken is a 5-ingredient recipe with juicy and tender chicken in a rich and flavorful sweet and savory sauce.


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  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 (0.7) oz. packet Italian dressing mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Parsley, green onions, or toasted sesame seeds to garnish (optional)


  1. Combine brown sugar, Italian dressing mix and pepper. Season both sides of the chicken with the brown sugar rub by massaging it in with your hands.
  2. Arrange chicken skin side up on a 6 qt. slow cooker and pat any remaining brown sugar rub onto the chicken skins. Add minced garlic to the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 165°F.
  4. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes then dish and serve hot with the sauce.
  5. Enjoy!


  • There is no need to add any liquid to this recipe as the chicken thighs will release their own juices while cooking.
  • Thicker sauce – Use the sauce as is or thicken it up with a cornstarch slurry. 1 teaspoon of cornstarch should give you a slightly thicker sauce. 2 teaspoons should give you a very sticky sauce.
  • Make it smoky – Add a little toasted sesame oil for a smoky flavor.
  • Add some heat – Add a little kick with a few dashes of crushed red pepper.
  • Add some veggies – Layer some veggies under the chicken like diced, baby gold or red potatoes, carrots, onions, or bell peppers.
  • Scroll up to RECIPE TIPS for more useful tips, suggestions and ingredient substitutions.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours