Baked Garlic Caramelized Brown Sugar Chicken

Lately we’ve been eating a lot of chicken – thanks to Costco and a freezer in the garage. It’s getting to be time for another big run. Hubby and I have decided to wait and stretch things out another two weeks. Have you ever been in a Costco on a Saturday of a 3-day holiday weekend? Oh you can just shoot me now. I cannot think of a single thing that I need that badly from Costco that I cannot get at my local grocery store or nearby farmer’s market. Okay, the big bulk and the overall savings. But you need to ask yourself what is your sanity worth? If possible, we’ll even avoid the local grocery stores, unless you are shopping early in the morning. Am I right?

This chicken is delicious! It’s sweet, with a subtle kiss of garlic. The meat is very moist and there are pan drippings so packed with flavor – wow. It is unlike any chicken I have tasted before. Not a whole lot of prep work for a resulting dish that is delightful.

Baked Garlic Caramelized Brown Sugar Chicken
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in half
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons brown sugar
3 teaspoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 450 degrees and lightly grease a casserole dish. Set aside until ready to use.

Cut chicken width-wise to create 4 smaller breasts.Season chicken with a little salt and pepper. Place chicken breasts in a prepared baking dish.

In small sauté pan, sauté garlic with the oil until tender.

Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over breasts. Press down to hold sugar in place.

Bake uncovered for 15-30 minutes, depending upon size of breast. After 15 minutes, keep a sharp eye on breasts to avoid burning or over-cooking. If necessary, cover with foil and reduce temperature to about 425 to degrees.

Breasts are done when internal temperature is 165 degrees, the juices run clear and the meat is moist and tender.

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