Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken is made with just five ingredients in your slow cooker. Sticky, garlicky, sweet fall apart bacon and chicken.

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Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken is right in line with all the bacon brown sugar goodness on the blog. It is hard to argue with these magic ingredients working well together. Let’s take a ride down memory lane together!

This may shock you because how many ways can this be done? But yes, bacon, chicken, slow cooker goodness. This feels like one of those toys you buy where you can swap out all the clothing pieces individually on the magnet doll.

And yes, salmon version coming in the new year along with a whole chicken, chicken wings and more.

Look I can’t even say I haven’t enjoyed making and eating all the versions. They are DELICIOUS!

Plus they’re so easy its amost funny. I mean this one is six ingredients if you count salt and pepper. I don’t but according to this Facebook video I posted for the chicken tenders people were pretty mad at me for not counting salt and pepper. I called shenanigans and no one thought I was funny, haha.

Some notes about this Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken:

  • Make it in the oven: Set it on a sheet pan just like you would in the slow cooker and roast at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes (you may want to use foil).
  • Like things spicy? Add in crushed red pepper or a squirt of Sriracha.
  • Do you like a deeper, more molasses kind of flavor? Try dark brown sugar.
  • Do not add any liquid! I know it can be scary to cook dry in a slow cooker, the chicken will release a lot of liquids.

Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken in pot

Tools Used in the making of these Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken:
Slow Cooker: Love this slow cooker and how programmable it is, it has been a workhorse for me… until…
My New Slow Cooker: This recipe was made in this slow cooker. For larger roasts I also brown the meat in the insert and not lose a bunch of the flavor by transferring the meat and leaving the browned bits behind. If you’re thinking of a new slow cooker, consider it if your budget is open.

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Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken is made with just five ingredients in your slow cooker. Sticky, garlicky, sweet fall apart bacon and chicken.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crock pot chicken, crockpot sweet garlic chicken, slow cooker bacon brown sugar garlic chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 5 Servings
Calories 379 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 5 chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar , packed


  1. Add the chicken, salt, pepper and garlic to the slow cooker.
  2. Mix it up then flip the chicken skin side up.
  3. Wrap each thigh in two slices of bacon.
  4. Sprinkle on the brown sugar.
  5. Cook on low for 8-9 hours or on high for 5-6 hours.

Recipe Notes

In case you find the chicken is not as caramelized in your slow cooker as the photos it could be your slow cooker runs a little cooler than mine. In that case put the chicken on a sheet pan and cook under a broiler for 45-90 seconds while watching it like a hawk to and removing before your garlic starts burning.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 379 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 136mg45%
Sodium 629mg27%
Potassium 396mg11%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 45IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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6 ingredients in this Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken. SO EASY TO MAKE!
Slow Cooker Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken is made with just five ingredients in your slow cooker. Sticky, garlicky, sweet fall apart bacon and chicken goodness.
The easiest most delicious slow cooker chicken recipe we've made with chicken, bacon, brown sugar and garlic!

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. This smelled amazing while it was cooking! I could not wait to taste this chicken. It did not disappoint. I was expecting a teriyaki flavor, but it was more smoky goodness. It looks, smells, and tastes like a lot of effort, but it was so easy. This will be my new go-to meal.

    1. I had 4 skinless, boneless breast…i cooked mine on high 4.5 hours. Turned out fantastic! This recipe is SO easy!!!

  2. This one is a KEEPER for us! We used boneless-stainless thighs (what we had), 8 with extra bacon but everything else. I paired it with boiled potatoes + califoria mixed veg.

  3. Made this earlier this week for a group of girlfriends (while husbands were out doing man things) . . . they absolutely devoured this very simple-to-make chicken dish. And my house smelled so-o-o-o good. Served with roasted whole cauliflower, hasselback potatoes, and green salad. Great, simple meal! Thank you, Sabrina!

  4. I made this last night for dinner for the second time. This time I precooked the bacon slightly before wrapping the chicken with it. It was amazing! The first time I made it the bacon wasn’t cooked @ 30 min and I didn’t want the chicken to dry out while the bacon finished cooking! I also added Gouda cheese on top of chicken before wrapping with bacon.

  5. I bought boneless, skinless turkey breasts as I prefer white meat. Will that still work ok with this recipe?

  6. Made this tonight for dinner and it is delicious! My 2 girls ate it up. I made it on a sheet pan and use boneless chicken thighs (the hubby doesn’t care for bone in). Served with your Stick of Butter Rice (chicken flavored) and steamed broccoli. Will make again with a squirt of Sriracha!

    1. So glad you enjoyed – thank you for coming back and leaving a review. Also, love how you shared that it was a complete meal. Thank you Deborah!

  7. Going to try this, this morning. Trying with breast chicken and a couple extra bacon, so moist. I think it will work. 81 years old looking for different taste in chicken recipes. My taste buds r not so good anymore. ???.

    1. It’s always a good time to switch up tastes in chicken and other recipes! 🙂 Hope it turned out good for you!

    1. A crock pot is the same as a slow cooker 🙂 They just have a different name, Crockpot is just the brand name for a slow cooker.

  8. In regards to your Bacon Brown Sugar Chicken Bites recipe, is there a dipping sauce you would recommend to serve with these?

  9. In regards to your Bacon Brown Sugar Chicken Tenders recipe, can I use thick cut bacon or do I have to use regular cut bacon? We usually only buy thick cut so that is what I have on hand. Will this work or should I buy a different kind for your recipe?

    1. I would use regular bacon so that it cooks evenly. My concern is the thick cut bacon will take longer and won’t crisp up by the time the chicken is done.

  10. Loved it!!!! I only used 1T of garlic. The house smelled amazing and the food was excellent!! My husband and dad both said it was the best chicken recipe ever!!!!

  11. My mom only likes white meat so can I toss in a couple of breasts or will they turn out dry? I will be using the slow cooker.

  12. So when you say chicken thighs, you mean the kind with bone in and skin on, not skinless etc. correct?

  13. What would you recommend serving this with?
    Rice, pasta, chips etc?
    Trying this recipe out tomorrow, will update with results 🙂

    1. You could really serve this with just about anything your family enjoys. We usually serve it with rice and some type of vegetable. I hope you enjoy it!

  14. My husband and I have a small poultry farm. I used two fresh leg quarters in this recipe and baked it in the oven. It was delicious! I will try the slow cooker next time. I served this with brown rice and a wedge salad and it made a good meal that I would definitely serve when we had guests.

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