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Garlic Brown Sugar Roast Chicken

Garlic Brown Sugar Roast Chicken

  • Author: Molly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This garlic brown sugar chicken roasts up tender, juicy, and loaded with savory-sweet flavor! It’s an easy (life-saving!) weeknight meal!


  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely minced (roughly 3 tablespoons)
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the pan
  • Fresh chives or parsley, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and remove your chicken from the fridge. Set the chicken on a baking sheet lined with paper towels and pat the pieces dry. Allow to sit at room temperature while the oven preheats.
  2. While the oven preheats and your chicken sits, make the rub by combining the minced garlic, brown sugar, honey, garlic powder, dried herbs, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Add enough olive oil to moisten the mixture so that it is of a spreadable consistency.
  3. Drizzle the bottom of a roasting pan or baking dish with olive oil and place the chicken pieces in the dish.
  4. Rub the garlic brown sugar mixture all over the chicken, coating it evenly.
  5. Place the roasting pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and roast for another 10-15 minutes, or until the juices run clear and the chicken registers an internal temperature of 165F on a meat thermometer (check a few different pieces of the chicken).
  7. Cool slightly and then garnish with chopped chives or herbs. Serve warm with the pan juices drizzled over top.
  • Category: chicken

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