One of my favourite appliances in my kitchen is my slow cooker. I love when the weather starts to turn colder making Stews and Casseroles in it for family meals. I can throw everything in first thing in the morning and then spend just a few minutes preparing some vegetables, crusty bread and server up for dinner. One of our favourite meals to serve is this delicious Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken in the Slow Cooker.

Slow Cooker Recipes for Families Brown Sugar and Garlic Chicken Breasts on Rainy Day Mum

CrockPot Chicken with Brown Sugar and Garlic

Most of the time when we use the slow cooker we make a stew, like our Beef Stew or Italian Sausage Casserole in it.

brown sugar and garlic marinade for crock pot chicken
The Marinade ready to mix together for this crockpot chicken recipe.

However, this recipe is more of a cook and marinade at the same time.

The brown sugar with the soy sauce and garlic form a glaze with the chicken and you can then serve it sliced with rice and some green beans for a delicious crockpot meal that even our fussy eaters enjoy.

slow cooker brown sugar and garlic chicken breasts served with rice and a side of green beans.
Slow cooker Chicken Breasts on Rice Served with Green Beans freshly picked from the garden.

Picking Good Chicken for Cooking in the Slow Cooker

crockpot brown sugar and garlic chicken breasts for family meal ideas
Family Slow Cooker Recipe for Chicken Breasts marinated in Brown Sugar and Garlic. Quick and easy to prepare in 5 minutes and cook all day.

I don’t know if you have experienced it as well, but many times when I buy chicken breasts from the supermarket all that happens when I start to cook is that they shrink in size considerably.

They are injected and pumped full of water to make them look good but in fact, they just disappoint when you cook. Especially if you are using a slow cooker. The water comes out and dilutes the sauce that you have added.

Instead, we buy our chicken from the local butchers. It’s sourced locally reducing the carbon footprint of our food as less miles and supporting local business from the chicken farm through to the butchers.

Chicken breasts cooked in the slow cooker
Delicious brown sugar and garlic chicken breasts cooked in the slow cooker

When cooked this chicken stays as is and it isn’t dry at all when cooked. And because it doesn’t lose a tonne of water when cooked it’s also ideal for using in the slow cooker.

brown sugar and garlic slow cooker chicken breast recipe for families

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar and Garlic Marinaded Chicken Breasts

A delicious marinaded chicken breast recipe that you marinade and cook in the slow cooker ideal for family meals prepared in advance.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken, Easy Family Food, Family Meal, Slow Cooker, Slow Cooker Meals Ideas
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Cerys Parker


  • Slow Cooker/Crockpot
  • Garlic Crusher
  • Small Bowl
  • Whisk


  • 4 chicken breasts skinless and boneless
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 65 g soft brown sugar
  • 117 g tomato ketchup
  • 100 ml soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ tablespoon toasted sesame seeds for garnish optional


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, brown sugar, tomato sauce, soy sauce, dried parsley, and ground ginger.
    brown sugar and garlic marinade for crock pot chicken
  • Place the chicken breasts in the bowl of the slow cooker.
  • Pour the sauce over the top of the chicken breasts.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and set to cook on low for 6 hours.
  • Serve the cooked chicken breasts over rice with a side of green beans and topped with toasted sesame seeds (optional)
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Instead of cooking on low for 6 hours you can cook on high for 4 hours.

brown sugar and garlic slow cooker chicken breast recipe for families
Slow Cooker Family Meal for a Brown Sugar and Garlic Glazed Chicken Breast served with rice and green beans.

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Whole Breast Chicken Carbonara and Pasta
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Cuban Chicken and Smokey Bacon Tray Bake

Chicken is one of the meats that we know both kids will eat and it’s a good way to get some protein into them. So we cook chicken regularly. Two of our favourites are Whole Breast Chicken Carbonara with pasta and our Cuban Chicken and Smokey Bacon Tray Bake with some salad.

crock pot brown sugar and garlic chicken recipe
The BEST and easy slow cooker recipe for chicken night.
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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