Cheesy Garlic Baked Chicken

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This was another recipe floating around on Facebook that I saved. It sounded interesting and fairly simple to make. And it was simple and turned out really good. The only complaint I have with the recipe is how it was written. I don’t claim to be any kind of expert but why would you say use 3 TSP of something when you can just say 1 TBSP? Or 4 TBSP when you can just say 1/4 cup? Anyway, not a big deal but a little perplexing.

The only different thing I did was to pour off the juices and oil right before I put the cheese on. For the amount of garlic you cook, a whole TBSP of oil seemed like a lot. So after the natural juices from the chicken, along with any oil, got together there turned out to be a lot of liquid in the pan. I also poured it off after it was done cooking. There was enough there as well. It said to use thin pieces of chicken, presumably so it cooks properly in the time allotted. I didn’t have thin pieces necessarily but mine were small overall so it worked. I was sure to use a smaller dish (a 10×6 to be exact) as a larger dish seemed counter productive.

The only downside was that the reserved brown sugar mixture hardened a bit so it was more of pieces of sugar than a glaze. In fact, even with all the oil the brown sugar never really melted. I could have left it on the heat until it did but that’s not what the recipe called for. But it worked. It turned out well. The chicken didn’t have much of a taste unless you also go a bite of the cheese and brown sugar but that’s kind of the point.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 TBSP olive oil
1 TSP salt
1 cup of cheese (I used a Colby Jack mixture)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a small casserole dish. In a small sauté pan, sauté the garlic in the oil until tender. Be careful not to brown the garlic.

Remove from the heat and stir in the brown sugar and salt. Place the chicken in the casserole dish and cover with 3/4 of the brown sugar mix. Bake, uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Cover chicken with the cheese and then the remaining brown sugar mix. Bake uncovered for another 10 minutes.

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