Crock Pot Sweet Garlic Chicken


  • 4-6 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup lemon-lime soda (diet or regular)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)


Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place chicken (frozen, thawed or fresh) inside slow cooker. Mix together brown sugar, vinegar, soda, garlic, soy sauce, and pepper together. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours. 

Take chicken pieces out of slow cooker (mine basically fell apart) and pour remaining sauce into saucepan. Place saucepan over high heat. Mix together corn starch and water, pour into saucepan, and mix well. Let sauce come to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes, or until it starts to thicken and turns into a glaze. Remove from heat and let sit for a minute or two (it will continue to thicken as it cools down).

Sprinkle red pepper flakes on top if desired. This can be served over rice or noodles.

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32 Responses to Crock Pot Sweet Garlic Chicken

  1. Laura Davis says:

    This sounds delicious. Is the soda necessary or could I replace it with something else? I don’t buy soda and would prefer not to buy it just for this recipe.

  2. Could I cook this in my dutch oven? what temp and for how long?

  3. Did you do boneless chicken breasts or with the bone?

  4. nadiaflexjobs says:

    I just made this the other night and it was a HUGE hit. I used boneless chicken breast just because I don’t like to deal with bones. I had three packs of Foster Farms chicken from Costco which had two breasts each, so used six. the glaze/sauce was delish and I served with rice, plus I made a small side of mashed potatoes for someone who requested it. But I think rice works best especially with the sauce. :) Thank you for sharing! It is so rare for me to come across a recipe that has all basic ingredients I have at home.

  5. Is there any substitute I can use instead of the brown sugar?

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  7. LaDonna Fox says:

    This tastes delicious! I used regular vinegar, orange juice and garlic powder because it is what I had on hand. I mixed in red bell pepper, onions and broccoli and served it over rice. Fingers crossed my kids like it as much as I do =)

  8. What can I substitute for soda?

  9. Made it tonight and used apple juice for the soda and seasoned rice vinegar. Was delicious thanks.

  10. Made this tonight and fixed spaghetti noodles. Once I had the sauce thickened I dropped the spaghetti in the sauce along with the chicken…it was wonderful. Definitely a keeper recipe!

  11. Jen Snow says:

    I made it for lunch today for an alternative to BBQ pulled-pork sandwiches. Great sauce. I’ll use it for a pork roast next time! Thanks for the recipe.

  12. Tara Lindsay says:

    i had to use orange juice instead of soda and fig-infused vinegar…fingers crossed:)

  13. Josh Ferguson says:

    Great recipe! Excellent taste and quick to make. I have made it several times and my family really likes it. The first time I made it we thought it was a little too sweet so now I double the sauce except for the brown sugar and use water with lemon juice (no sweetener) in place of the soda.

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  16. Linda Poteet says:

    Can I add skinned thighs with the breasts?

  17. Kala Allen says:

    sorry if this is a dumb question, but is the chicken cooked before putting in the crock pot?

  18. Looks delicious! Adding to Kawartha Lakes Mums Food fun Pinterest board

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