Slow Cooker Garlic and Brown Sugar Chicken


I am always one to try out new slow cooker recipes. Really, what could be easier than putting your dinner in a crockpot, leaving it alone for several hours, and coming back to a delicious full-cooked meal? There is not much extra prep for this recipe (which was adapted from Six Sisters’ Stuff). The sauce needs to be boiled with some cornstarch for a few minutes to thicken, and you will need to cook either rice or spaghetti to serve the chicken on top of. (You could always save time and eat it in a bun pulled-pork style if desired).

The chicken comes out incredibly moist and the tender meat easily shreds with a simple fork. There is a perfect balance of garlic to sweet brown sugar, with just a hint of citrus from the diet Mountain Dew.


Slow Cooker Garlic and Brown Sugar Chicken
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Serves: 4
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, frozen
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ⅔ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ⅓ cup diet Mountain Dew
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
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  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  1. Spray slow cooker with non stick cooking spray. Add the brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, diet Mountain Dew, minced garlic, soy sauce, and pepper to the slow cooker. Mix together with a whisk.
  2. Add the chicken breasts, flipping to coat all sides with the brown sugar mixture.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW heat for 5 hours. (If possible, flip over chicken half-way through). Chicken is done cooking when the meat shreds off easily with a fork.
  4. Remove chicken breasts from slow cooker to a plate. Using two forks, shred chicken as you would for pulled pork. Set aside.
  5. In a medium suacepan, stir together the corn starch and water. Add the sauce from the slow cooker, and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently. Bring to a boil and let boil, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes or until sauce is desired thickness. Add shredded chicken and stir to coat.
  6. Serve over rice or spaghetti noodles.

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