Dec 07 Monday

Brown Sugar Chicken

I spent a large part of my day today making tutus. What time was left was spent taking care of kids, one sick with double ear infections, cleaning and answering fan mail. Ok fine, I made the fan mail part up. By “answering fan mail” I really meant doing laundry.

My life is so glamorous.  I did shower today though. Not until after dinner but all the same. I showered. It’s the small victories people.

There was too much tulle on my kitchen counter to think about cooking. So, I whipped up a batch of Brown Sugar Chicken in the crock pot. Again. Luckily, my family LOVES it so there were little to no complaints.

Seriously, you must make this meal. Double the recipe and take a friend dinner. Or eat leftovers for three days.

Or both.

SuperHub gets a little giddy in his hitch when he hits the kitchen doorway and smells the sweet and tangy sauce simmering away. Sam screams for more. Cooper obsesses over the fact that “we are eating DEAD CHICKENS” and Maddy nom nom noms loudly while telling everyone they are beautiful.

At least they are all eating.

Brown Sugar Chicken

3 to 4 Chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
1 Cup brown sugar
1/2 cup lemon-lime soda (I always add more)
2/3 cup vinegar (White, Apple cider or red wine, I have used them all)
3 Cloves chopped garlic
2- 3 T Soy sauce (I like more but start with less and work your way up)
1 tsp ground black pepper

Put the chicken into your crock-pot. Sprinkle over the brown sugar, pepper, garlic and soy sauce. Add the vinegar, then pour in the soda.

Cover and cook on low for 6 or so hours, or on high for 4 hours. Be careful, it cooks fast. If the liquid evaporates quickly, add more soda. When the chicken is cooked through, shred with a fork and leave to soak up the juices.

Serve over a bowl of white rice with a ladle full of the broth. The broth makes the rice the best part. I serve with a side of mixed veggies  and call it good.  Bonus! Crock pot meals mean easy dish night.

Recipe credit: Last year I found A Year of Slow Cooking by Stephanie. I was instantly smitten and totally in love with the food. Most of the recipes I have made from her blog, have become my “go to” recipes. She wrote a book chronicling her year. If you need a Christmas gift, it would be great for the busy parent, cook or picky in law on your list.

Brown Sugar Chicken Madness

  • Posted By: Molly Zastrow

    I love Katy Brown recipes…yay!

  • Posted By: erin

    One of our favorites! Thank you so much for the recipe. It is a keeper!

  • Posted By: Katy

    And they love you!

    If you hurry, HyVee has chicken for $1.99 a lb through tomorrow. You can have BSC all week! Or not. I have been known to throw frozen chicken breasts in the recipe and go. A little trick my sister taught me. :)

  • Posted By: Mimi

    oh..I have all this…great for tonight on a very snowy evening….


  • Posted By: Hillary

    Added to my recipe collection!! can’t wait to try. :)

  • Posted By: Nett

    Awesome! I’m totally going to make that this week!

  • Posted By: Lindsay

    I love you- and your recipes. My husband doesn’t know what happened to me – making all these good meals all of a sudden.

  • Posted By: Kellie

    Making this tonite. What if I have frozen already cooked chicken? (Freezer fiasco) Should I lessen this time or just cook it on low? I second Lindsay! Hubby keeps asking where I’m getting all the good recipes!

  • Posted By: Lindsay McGowan

    Yep, in the crockpot as we speak. Making a double batch to last us a couple days – that means no cooking tomorrow for Mama!

  • Posted By: Stef

    YUM! I hope to try this soon!

  • Posted By: Katy

    Kellie – Simmer the sauce on the stovetop, throw in the cooked chicken to warm and serve over rice! Enjoy!

  • Posted By: Katy

    Mimi – Let me know what you think! Mmmm. Matt had the leftovers from dinner last night for lunch today. I was jealous.

  • Posted By: Katy

    Hillary and Nett – You will love it. I pinky swear.

  • Posted By: Katy

    Ah, Lindsay – I love you too! Don’t tell him…Just let it be your little secret! ;)

  • Posted By: Katy

    Lindsay – Yay! Be sure to pour all the leftover juice over the rice for leftovers. I layer rice, chicken with juice, rice chicken with juice into four layers and then pour the juice over the top. That ensures every leftover bite has a ton of flavor! Let me know how it turns out!

  • Posted By: Katy

    Stef- You will be happy you did! :)

  • Posted By: Lindsay McGowan

    Turned out great Katy! We did, however, not start the crockpot in time, so last night we had to order Chinese takeout. However… when 9pm rolled around, and the chiken goodness was finished, Brian and I were hovering around the thing with forks. Oh my. We cannot wait to eat this for lunch and dinner tonight!

  • Posted By: Mandy

    Prepare yourself Katy Brown- I am about to gush!

    This chicken is super duper yummy! I can’t remember the last crockpot recipe that turned out so well. In fact we had planned to use the chicken inside some egg rolls with tonights pad thai…but its so darn good. I just ate a good portion right out of the pot. Thanks for a delish and easy “blizzard day” recipe.

    PS: I didn’t have lemon lime soda so I just used some coke zero from the fridge…worked for us, but next time I’ll go for the lime :)

  • Posted By: Meleah

    I made this chicken tonight. I have to admit, I was thinking vinegar, brown sugar, soda and soy sauce? Is she messing with me? Wasn’t sure what flavor to expect when it was done.

    It was sooo good! I put it on high and it was done in less than three hours.

    Definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing! Your blog is now my main source for recipes btw.

  • Posted By: Katy

    Lindsay – Yay! So glad you enjoyed! Mmm, it’s SO good leftover…Perfect day for it too! Chinese take out sounds pretty darn good right now.

  • Posted By: Katy

    Mandy – Honey, I love it when people gush! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! It really is that good. You just have to try it to see for yourself! Coke Zero, huh? Good to know! Pad Thai sounds good too…And homemade egg rolls? You ladies are making me hungry!

  • Posted By: Katy

    Meleah – Super happy that it turned out well for you! Generally, with one package of chicken set on high, it goes rather quickly. If you have time next time, turn it to low after an hour and add more liquid. The meat gets uber tender and dark brown. UNREAL. Thank you for trusting my recipes! :) asdfjkl;

  • Posted By: Mimi

    Hit it out of the ball park! It’s a keeper!

  • Posted By: Sarah

    Tried out this recipe and am happy to say it was a HUGE hit! As you well know it is very hard to come up with something fast, easy, and that EVERYONE will eat!! It has made my menu list. Thanks again! Love ya!

  • Posted By: Ashley

    Hey lady! I so want to try this but I’m allergic to soy… any suggestions on possible substitutions for the soy sauce?

  • Posted By: Katy

    Ashley – Is it just the gluten you’re allergic to? I would use Tamari. I know for a fact that SanJ is gluten free:


  • Posted By: Ashley

    No, it’s the soy too. And I’m sure that is part of what makes the recipe so delicious so I’m not sure substituting for it would even work! Oh well – such is my life! :)

  • Posted By: Emily

    I tried this last night with turkey tenderloins. So good! Thanks for sharing it!

  • Posted By: Barb

    Made this today (not exactly following every detail of the recipe, but close…) and my hubby absolutely loved the chicken. I threw in some pinto beans with the chicken and the liquids (adding some chicken stock due to the beans) and it was so yummy. Thank you!