Easy Garlic Chicken Breasts From Saving Dinner

This is from Saving Dinner, which I borrowed from the library after reading so many rave reviews. The recipes in here are fairly simple, mostly use what I consider “real” ingredients, and so far the ones I’ve tried have been quite tasty. There is a lot of recipes for boneless skinless chicken breasts. Perhaps too many. There are no pork recipes. There are a fair number of fish recipes I’m keen to try.

I’m not one to have someone else make up my weeks’ menu for me, but if you want to follow a preset plan complete with shopping list, this book is worth checking out. You’ll get a nice variety of what seems to be pretty good recipes. The book generally covers only the main dishes but gives you ideas for side dishes that go well. I saw a ton of recipes for boneless skinless chicken breasts that would be interesting gathered together. I get frustrated by the book because I can’t turn to one place and see all the recipes in a row, since it’s organized by week and aims to provide a variety throughout the week.

Garlic and Brown Sugar Chicken Breasts

  • 1 Tbs oil
  • 6 or more garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbs brown sugar
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts

I used fewer chicken breasts and perhaps more garlic than called for and it came out great. Perhaps my love of garlic is just stronger than normal!

Preheat the oven to 500F.

Heat the oil over medium heat, add the minced garlic and cook slowly, stirring constantly, until softened. Make sure the oil is not too hot. You don't want to brown the garlic and it can get to that point quickly if you're not careful.

Take it off the heat after 5 minutes or so and add the brown sugar and stir it in.

Line a shallow roasting pan with foil and spread oil across the foil. Lay your boneless skinless chicken breasts across it, spread the garlic/oil/brown sugar mix across the chicken. Bake for 15 minutes, or until done.


I served this with Green Beans and Garlic and couscous.

It reminded me a bit of Worcestershire Chicken Breasts, with the brown sugar variation.



  1. I bought this book too, with high expectations. I was a little disappointed with the recipes though because very few of them were affordable or something the entire family would enjoy. It was a great concept, just didn’t work for us!

    Thanks for your wonderful blog- it is a great inspiration in the kitchen to me!


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