baked brown sugar chicken with potatoes

Brown Sugar Chicken Recipe

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Sheet pan dinners are perfect for all of us who cook in a small kitchen.  My simple baked Brown Sugar Chicken recipe is quick to prep and comes out full of flavor. The best and easiest chicken ever, baked to form a crispy crust and tender chicken inside covered with a wonderful sweet orange-brown sugar glaze sauce. 

The simplicity of this recipe, with just recipe 5 ingredients, a sheet pan, and parchment paper makes this a perfect quick and easy weeknight dinner. 

This recipe is scaled for two people and can also be doubled to serve 4.  If you prefer a more orangey flavored sauce just increase the orange juice a little bit. 

The 5 main ingredients you need to make Brown Sugar Chicken

  1. Chicken– I prefer buying one large chicken breast and slice in half but 2 smaller chicken breast works just as well.  Also, it’s amazing made with flavorful chicken thighs.
  2. Potatoes– Baby red potatoes or Yukon golds are my preference.
  3. Orange Juice – Use bottled or fresh squeezed, both work fine without any difference in the taste.
  4. Brown Sugar –  Both Light or Dark brown sugar can be used.
  5. Tomatoes – No cherry tomatoes available, no problem, use regular tomatoes cut into eighths.

I don’t add garlic in my brown sugar chicken, the recipe really doesn’t need the garlic flavor and tastes oh so yummy just the simple flavors of the brown sugar and orange juice. 

How to Make Baked Brown Sugar Chicken

  • First you need to preheat the oven and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Next, make the brown sugar past and loosen the skin on the chicken and rub the paste underneath the skin of the chicken breast.
  • Coat the veggies  with the olive oil and arrange everything on the sheet pan.
  • Bake and enjoy!

How to Make Brown Sugar Glaze for Chicken

A brown sugar glaze is amazingly simple and so flavorful.  You really don’t even need a recipe, just mix brown sugar and orange juice until you have a thick consisitency that’s easy to rub on the chicken.  The glaze is also great on roasted vegetables.

How to Make the Chicken Breast the Day Before

Prepare the brown sugar paste and rub the chicken, then store in a Ziploc bag overnight.  when read to cook, cut up and prepare the veggies then arrange everything on a parchment lined baking sheet.


Brown Sugar Chicken

Brown Sugar Chicken

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

A mildly sweet and crispy crust chicken dish


  • 1 large chicken breast bone-in with skin, about 1 to 1.5 pounds
  • 4 baby red potatoes, quartered
  • 16-18 cherry tomatoes

Brown Sugar Paste

  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • a pinch or two of kosher salt
  • about a tablespoon of olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl mix the brown sugar, orange juice to make a paste. If needed add additonal brown sugar to get the correct paste consistency.
  3. Loosen skin of chicken and the rub the brown sugar paste under the skin, rub remaining rub on chicken skin
  4. In a medium bowl toss the potatoes and tomatoes with a drizzle of olive oil and a dash of salt.
  5. Line a baking pan with parchment and arrange the chicken breast, potatoes and tomotoes.
  6. Bake for about 40 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 170 degrees.
  7. Let chicken set for 5 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 687Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 126mgCarbohydrates: 130gFiber: 13gSugar: 19gProtein: 34g
The nutritional information provided here are estimates and are not calculated by a registered dietician.
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