Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

The Original Pin: 2 Girls and a Pin Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
The Original Pin from Daydream Kitchen.

This pin has been sitting in our queue for a while now. Its picture looks so deliciously appetizing while its ingredients seem so simple and straightforward. However, the fact that the directions instruct you to cook whole chicken breasts on a very high temperature (500°F) for only 15-30 minutes (which is a rather big range…I mean, there’s a big difference between cooking something for 15 minutes and cooking it for 30 at 500°F) always kept me away from actually trying this one out. As fate would have it, the other half of 2girlsandapin, Anar, was actually a lot braver and told me that this actually turned out really great as a quick dinner fix for her one night. So, it was decided – if you’re anything like me and have been gawking this recipe for months without committing to try it out, 2girlsandapin were going to test it out and finally give this pin a chance and tell you all about it!

Pandora Station: 2 Girls and a Pin Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
This chicken was actually made as a side to Wednesday’s Yellow Squash with Chevre and Thyme, so the Pandora station was the same. The bouncy, happy Bob Sinclair.
Ingredients: 2 Girls and a Pin Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
First up, the ingredients.
Step 1: 2 Girls and a Pin Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
Step 1: Heat olive oil in a small pan.
Step 2: 2 Girls and a Pin Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
Step 2: Add cloves of minced garlic.
Step 3: 2 Girls and a Pin Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
Step 3: Saute until tender.
Step 4: 2 Girls and a Pin Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
Step 4: Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar.
Sauce: 2 Girls and a Pin Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
You’ll end up with a grainy paste like this.
Step 5: 2 Girls and a Pin Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
Step 5: Lightly grease a casserole dish and put the chicken breasts in.

Because I was cooking for two, I only used 2 chicken breasts. I used 2/3 of the oil, garlic, sugar mixture.

Step 6: 2 Girls and a Pin Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
Step 6: Cover chicken breasts with the oil, sugar, garlic mixture.
Cover with mixture: 2 Girls and a Pin Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
Since it was going to cook on such a high temperature, I figured it will most likely caramelize and melt, so I piled most of it on top of the chicken and hoped it will simmer down as it cooked.
Step 7: 2 Girls and a Pin Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
Step 7: Add salt to taste.

NOTE #1: I found it interesting that the chicken was not pre-seasoned, but the spices went over the sugar and garlic mixture. However, the recipe called for that, so I went with it.

Step 8: 2 Girls and a Pin Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
Step 8: Same with pepper.
Voila? 2 Girls and a Pin Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
And after 30 minutes, VOILA? Yeah, doesn’t look all that appetizing, I know.
Final: 2 Girls and a Pin Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
2girlsandapin final product.
Look inside: 2 Girls and a Pin Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
Here’s a look from the inside. Surprisingly, rather juicy and moist!
Taste? 2 Girls and a Pin Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
Ready for a taste?

THE REVIEW

The ingredients: This recipe is as simple and straightforward as they come. There are four ingredients and four bullet points! In terms of ingredient availability, everything that was used today you probably either already have in your fridge/pantry or you can easily find in your local supermarket. Because I was cooking for two, I decided to use 2, instead the required 4 chicken breasts, and adjusted the quantity of the sauce accordingly.

The recipe: The preparation directions are also very straightforward and easy to follow. They are clearly outlined following the ingredient list and provide a perfect amount of detail. The post does not come with step-by-step visuals, so if you’re like us and enjoy being able to visualize what you’re to be expecting from a recipe, follow 2girlsandapin as we prepared this delicious meal, since we like to take pictures of every minuscule detail!

The flavor: Even though I cut down the chicken quantities in half and adjusted the sauce amount as well, this recipe surpassed my expectations in terms of quality, taste, and ease of preparation. As I stated earlier, I approached this pin with some reservation. Mainly in terms of the fact that this chicken needed to be cooked on rather unusually high temperature of 500°F. I would be lying if I said this didn’t concern me, especially with brown sugar and high temperatures involved. However, you can feel free to leave any and all reservations at the door, because this chicken was delicious! It was surprisingly moist and tender…dare I say, cooked to perfection! The sweet smokiness of brown sugar performed very well under the heat of 500°F and provided a delicious, caramelized coating for a juicy slice of chicken.

Issues: The only obvious issue with this recipe was that there was brown sugar cooked on really high temperature. As you can imagine, my casserole dish was left rather crunchy!

Cleanup on Isle 4: 2 Girls and a Pin Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
I had to soak this bad boy for at least 24 hours and had to scrape and scrub the living daylights out of this rather dark mess. Needless to say, I was VERY happy that I decided to go with a glass casserole dish, since glass can take a beating in terms of cleanup, and I didn’t have to walk on eggshells when it came to some elbow grease.

Other than that, as I mentioned earlier, the recipe instructs us to cook this chicken on 500°F for 15-30 minutes. I don’t know about you, but in my stove an extra 15 minutes on high temperature makes a big difference! With this gap being so ridiculously wide, you’d be best advised to learn any and all of your stove’s quirks and idiosyncrasies and just use your best judgment on whether to go with 15 or 30 minutes of cook time. I went with 30.

Comments: Although this recipe comes with pretty unusual approaches to chicken baking, I strongly advise you to give this pin a chance, because for a meal that is done in 45 minutes or less (including prep time) it is more than worth it. Make sure to use a glass casserole dish (you’ll be thankful when it comes to the cleanup) and do some thinking when it comes to your oven. The choice may be what decides whether your dinner is fab or flab.

Final Verdict: I give this recipe a 10/10! This is an absolutely fantastic solution for those nights when you don’t feel like making an elaborate dinner. Four ingredients and a quick cooking time make this chicken a go-to solution for a quick weekday meal. The significant other was equally happy with it and gobbled it up in no time! Even though it’s sweet, it is definitely man approved.

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2 Comments

  1. Cris

    December 9, 2012 - 9:12 pm
    Reply

    What about using a cast iron skillet and lining it with aluminum foil?

    • Jelena

      December 9, 2012 - 9:28 pm
      Reply

      Cris, I think that could probably work! I’d maybe make sure that the cast iron is heated up before putting the chicken in, so probably cover it with aluminum foil and keep it in the oven while it preheats. Thanks for a great idea! Let us know if you try doing that and how it turns out for you.

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