My Indiana Home~ Brown Sugar Chicken

One of the many things I love to do with my family during the holidays is make edible treats for our friends, teachers, co-workers and coaches.  My kids like to get in on the action, too!  I think they get a sense of satisfaction in making a simple handmade gift, pride in a little bit of happiness that this gift will bring the recipient.

It helps to have a quick dinner recipe in your back pocket for night’s when you all plan on baking, assembling edible gifts and wrapping presents. That way prep is quick, easy and can be cleaned up quickly.  One of my favorite fast meals is Brown Sugar Chicken.  I make this using whatever chicken I have on hand whether it be tenderloins or split breasts.  It’s really good when made using pork tenderloins. You really can’t go wrong with this and the fact that it only has 5 ingredients-PERFECTION!

I adapted this recipe from the original that can be found on my friend Leah’s site at Beyer Beware. She featured this on her Hunk of Meat Monday a few months ago and I knew it would soon make its way into my regular meal rotation!

Brown Sugar Chicken
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts OR 6 split breasts
  • 8 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 8 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2-3 TB Extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper, the salt really makes a nice contrast to the brown sugar
  1. Start by mincing the cloves of garlic and toasting in a small saute pan with extra virgin olive oil.
  2. When the garlic is light brown, remove from the pan and put into a small bowl.
  3. Let the garlic cool a few minutes and then mix in the of brown sugar.
  4. Add salt and pepper and toss to combine.
  5. Then place the chicken breasts in a baking dish.
  6. Then simply sprinkle the brown sugar and garlic mixture over the chicken.
  7. Roast chicken on 450 degrees for 30 minutes or until juices run clear.
  8. While the chicken is cooking the brown sugar will become very bubbly.
  9. When the chicken is done, let it rest in the pan for several minutes before serving.
Recipe Adapted from Beyer Beware's #HunkofMeatMonday
This is also fantastic with thick cut pork chops or a big pork tenderloin!

I want to thank Indiana Family of Farmers for providing me with the opportunity to share my love of Indiana with you all! I hope this post inspires YOU to learn a little bit more about YOUR home state and start a few family holiday traditions of your own :)

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Here are some fun Indiana facts:

Minty Matters: Did you know that Indiana ranks 4th in the United States in peppermint production? Indiana also ranks 4th in the United States in spearmint production.  Check out more Indiana Mint Trivia on My Indiana Home.

Holiday Cheers: The United States’ first commercial vineyard was started in Vevay, Indiana. Indiana is now home to a growing number of wineries that produce a variety of wines perfect for your holiday table.

Turkey Time: A frozen turkey should be timed for pickup so it can go straight into the refrigerator to thaw (Plan on 24 hours for each 4-1/2 pounds of whole turkey). A fresh turkey should only be picked up one or two days in advance. Check out HolidayFoodSafety.Org for more great holiday tips.

A La Mode: Is your favorite holiday pie not complete without some ice cream? Indiana is ranked 2nd in the United States in ice cream production.

Winter Wonder: Like snowflakes, no two cows have exactly the same pattern of spots.

Sweet Potatoes or Yams? “Orange”-ya glad My Indiana Home tackles the age old holiday question?

Family Time: As families are gathering all over the nation for this holiday season, did you know that 95% of American farms are family owned? For more information on our nation’s farms and food, visit Food Dialogues.

Warming Up: Nothing beat a nice cup of cocoa next to the fire? Check out how to choose just the right firewood to warm up to!

Hoosier Holidays: Indiana ranks 11th in the nation when it comes to growing Christmas trees, with more than 200 tree farms that produce more than 200,000 trees annually. Check out to find the place that has the tree that is perfect for you

Hamming it up this holiday or perhaps bacon just makes everything better?!: Indiana ranks 5th in the United States in the number of hogs raised.  Check out these Real Farmwives of America gals that just happen to be Hoosiers AND responsible for BACON 😉



  1. says

    Heather, there’s so much to love about this post… the moments you share with your family creating goodies that will bring SMILES to others, your pride in Indiana (one of my favorite movies is “Hoosiers” with Gene Hackman), real Christmas trees, wine, hot chocolate, COWS :), and, oh my YES… this chicken recipe paired with your risotto. (If I left anything out, please forgive me… so many treats are vying for my attention right now!)

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