This is my most requested chicken recipe! This brown sugar soy glazed chicken is made with simple ingredients that pack lots of delicious flavor! It’s the perfect weeknight meal or make more for a gathering, trust me you’ll be glad you have leftovers with this one.
I don’t know about you but we eat a LOT of chicken,
recently I’ve been buying more boneless skinless chicken thighs than ever before…
they are so juicy and tender and well…. yummy.
You can easily use this recipe on chicken breasts, If you do make it with chicken breasts keep an eye on them as they are dryer when cooked compared to thighs, add 2 tablespoons of vinegar or lime juice to make the chicken breasts more tender. It’s not necessary when using thighs. I know some people don’t prefer chicken thighs,
but I insist you try them just once… maybe you’ll like them better like we do.
There are many reasons to use chicken thighs, they are really hard to overcook, they don’t dry out
How can I cook this chicken?
- This chicken is great baked in the oven
- cooked on a grill
- cooked in a skillet on the stove, I use a cast-iron skillet
- cooked in a slow cooker
- and you can even pressure cooked.
When you’re done cooking the meat, you can make an additional batch of sauce and add cornstarch with a little water and bring it to a boil until it thickens, and slather it over the cooked chicken for extra deliciousness.
You won’t believe how easy and delicious this soy sauce brown sugar marinade transforms chicken into… irresistible in a few simple steps!
The marinade can be boiled down with some cornstarch slurry and brushed over the cooked chicken when the chicken is finished cooking, this gives it the EXTRA yumminess for sure.
I’m a sauce girl… through and through, but it must be flavorful!
You can find more of my sauce recipe HERE
- Look at my post on how to make Great Gravy!
- And this Cheese Sauce, which is not only great on mac and cheese, but great on broccoli, or to dip chips into. Add some jalapenos or a few tablespoons of salsa to kick it up a bit.
- My Lemon Wine Browned Butter Sauce is always delightful, over chicken, veggies, and perfect for making simple foods taste amazing.
If you’re looking for tender, flavorful, YUMMY chicken, this is it!
I love how quickly this recipe comes together, I typically have all the items on hand and it can grab onto the flavor quickly, I marinade it for 30 minutes then bake or grill it.
Do I have to marinate this chicken for a long time?
No, you can marinate it for 30 minutes, which is what I usually do. I have marinated it overnight with great results also, but I’m more often the no-plan ahead person and marinate it for 30 minutes.
What should I serve this chicken with?
This is great with rice, or vegetables, or both. I like to saute whatever vegetables I have in the fridge, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, carrots, and top the dish with green onions and sesame seeds if I remember 🙂
This brown sugar soy sauce chicken recipe is so adaptable to all sorts of delicious recipes, you can use it in fried rice, lo mein, or top a salad with it.
Serve it up with some rice, cabbage, carrots, broccoli, green onions, and pineapple for a great flavor.
Chicken thighs are moist and juicy, and the glaze makes the perfect flavor that everyone raves over.
- 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoon garlic (fresh minced garlic)
- 1 tablespoon oil (I use avocado oil)
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon dry ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon fresh ground chili paste (I use Sambal Oelek)
- pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
- 1-2 tablespoons cornstarch to add to the marinade to cook and create a thick sauce to brush overcooked chicken.
- sliced green onion
- toasted sesame seeds
- In a gallon zipper bag place chicken along with soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, oil, ginger, chili paste, and crushed red pepper.
- Marinade for 30 minutes to overnight.
- Preheat oven to 375 or grill to high.
- Bake chicken on a foil-lined baking sheet at 375 for 30-40 minutes or until cooked to 170° and charred on the edges or grill the chicken on the grill until the internal temperature is 170°
- Save the marinade and heat it in a saucepan by mixing cornstarch into the sauce before you turn on the heat, so it's smooth, then heat it up until it's thick.
- Brush sauce over cooked chicken.
- Top chicken with sliced green onion and sesame seeds.
If you make an extra batch of sauce and it’s not thickening as you’d like and don’t want to add more sugar use a cornstarch slurry to thicken it, 2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water, pour into a simmering sauce, stir until thickened while simmering (small bubbles).
This marinade is also great on chicken legs, the flavor is out of this world… cook them in the oven on a rack for a nice crispy result. Make another batch of sauce to brush on the chicken for an extra delicious flavor.
I’ve made this with boneless pork chops and it’s really delicious as well.
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this is really a great way.
Karen T says
OMG! I LOVE boneless, skinless chicken thighs….use them all the time. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I love your blog! Thank you.
So happy you found a recipe you like Karen!!!
Random video chat says
Will keep this recipe…very good! The flavour is not strong and the sauce is great for dipping. Needed a change from ordinary and this was a really nice change plus it was simple to create.
Karen T says
I made this and it’s definitely going to be a staple in my kitchen now! It was easy, delicious, and everyone enjoyed it! If I decide to serve with additional reduced marinade I put some of my marinade aside before using to marinate the raw meat to guarantee it won’t be contaminated with raw meat issues! Sometimes I simply double the marinade recipe and use half to marinate and save have to serve with the dish once it’s cooked!
Rosamonde Simone @ KetoBotyToneAvis says
Your recipe of brown sugar soy-glazed chicken is looking so delicious and easy to make. I will try it. Thank you.
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Sophia William says
I tried the recipe and it was liked by everyone. Please share more recipes of boneless chicken for diet-conscious individuals.
Turbotax Support says
This is amazing!!! The dish seems delicious. I must try this with amazing taste. Thanks for sharing all the ingredients.
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Quickbooks customer support says
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video chat says
Wow, amazing recipe. keep posting.
I love this recipe, it’s so easy to make and has become our new favorite. I’ve made it twice already this week.
My mom used to make a similar recipe but with chicken breasts, I really like chicken thighs better ane can’t wait to try this brown sugar soy chicken recipe.
Wow! This is the chicken that dreams are made of. I struggle with what to make with chicken every week. THIS is our new favorite recipe I’ve made it twice already and everyone loves it.
Renee Titus says
This may already have been mentioned but: If using left over/excess marinade from chicken boil for 5 minutes to kill any bacteria from the raw chicken.