Monday, January 4, 2010

Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

While looking for a healthy chicken recipe I came across Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken. And I thought, no way - it has "sugar" in the title! But as long as you don't go crazy on the brown sugar, this recipe isn't too bad. Everything in moderation...

We really liked this - a little brown sugar goes a long way and adds a tinge of sweetness to the dish without making it "sweet." And the best part - I had dinner ready in 20 minutes, which included making rice and steaming a veggie!

Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
adapted from Spark Recipes
makes 2 filling portions

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, approx 6 oz each
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Tbsp butter
4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1-2 Tbsp soy sauce, reduced sodium recommended
4 tsp brown sugar, unpacked

Pound chicken breasts to approx 3/8 inch thickness. Don't flatten them too much, you are simply trying to make them a uniform thickness so they cook faster and more evenly. Season both sides with some salt and pepper.

Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium to medium high heat. Brown the garlic in the butter.

Add chicken breasts to garlic and butter and cook thoroughly, about 5 minutes on each side. About halfway through cooking, add a few splashes of soy sauce to the pan.

When chicken is fully cooked, turn off heat and sprinkle 2 tsp. of brown sugar on top of each breast. Allow the brown sugar to melt into the chicken (about 3-5 minutes).

I served over brown rice with steamed broccoli. Enjoy!

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