I admit to not being the biggest fan of chicken thighs and drumsticks, so I usually look for an easy chicken recipe where I enjoy the flavor so much that I don’t miss the texture of white meat like this garlic brown sugar glazed chicken. Leg quarters have been on sale for $0.69 a pound, and that, my friends, is too good to let go.
This simple recipe is not the world’s most nutritious glaze, but the kids are fans, and I balance out the meal with healthy side dishes. (Yes, they get eaten, too).
Caramelized Garlic Chicken Recipe
- 1 stick butter
- 4 garlic cloves – minced or pressed
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 5 lbs chicken parts which is about
3 leg quarters or 1 whole chicken – cut up
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the chicken pieces in a baking dish and place in the oven. Set a timer for 50 minutes.
Melt the butter in a pan with the garlic over low heat.
Add the brown sugar to the butter and garlic and increase the temperature to medium high.
Stir constantly but gently until the butter and sugar begin to combine. This takes in the neighborhood of five minutes. Immediately turn off the burner and stir vigorously until you have a smooth glaze. It will still be grainy, but not lumpy. The grains of brown sugar will melt in the oven as they combine with the juices from the chicken.
Remove the chicken from the oven and pour the glaze over the chicken thighs. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but try to evenly coat the chicken pieces.
Bake for approximately 50 minutes at 350°F or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
If you are baking another item while this dish is in the oven, place the chicken on the lower rack. The glaze may burn if it is too close to the upper element. Near the end of the cooking time, you can swap positions if the chicken doesn’t appear to be browning enough for your taste.
Enjoy your garlic brown glazed sugar chicken with some simple sides of your choice.
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