Sweet and Saucy Chicken Recipe
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Sweet and Saucy Chicken Recipe

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I can't remember were this recipe came from, but I've been making it for several years. Everyone who tries it enjoys it. When the chicken is done cooking, it's so tender it falls off the bone.—Mrs. Patricia Weir, Chilliwack, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (4 pounds), cut up and skin removed
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked rice or egg noodles, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 349 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 802mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 0 fiber), 34g protein.


  1. Place chicken in a 3-qt. slow cooker. In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and flour. Stir in the water, vinegar and soy sauce. Add the ketchup, onion, mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until chicken juices run clear. Serve with rice or noodles if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Sweet and Saucy Chicken in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2009, p47

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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keely27 User ID: 4249986 246622
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2016

"A tasty,easy dinner, and maybe even better as leftovers"

lepleyracing User ID: 1497870 232908
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"This had a good taste but my sauce came out really runny. When I cooked it on the stove it was thick but thinned out during the crock pot cooking process. I followed the recipe as written other then I used boneless chicken breasts."

cwbuff2 User ID: 5946195 214696
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

"When the chicken is done, it's so tender it just falls off the bone!"

tlbdlb4evr User ID: 4229718 168189
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2014

"This was awesome. My husband and I ate this delicious chicken until we were stuffed! Only made two changes. I did not have any white vinegar, so I used regular apple cider vinegar and since we do not eat dark meat, I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts and wings. Also, the sauce was absolutely delicious over the rice."

HEXA User ID: 7635575 107152
Reviewed May. 18, 2014

"This is a very tasty dish to come home to after a long days work. Very tasty, and hearty when served over rice. However I will switch to boneless pieces next time."

JediCSI User ID: 2623692 102625
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

"I used boneless chicken thighs. I found it to be almost too sweet, but that could have been from using dark brown sugar. If I make it again, I'll try it with light brown sugar. It was very easy to make. I layered the chicken with the sauce and served it over noodles."

kpkaren User ID: 2650977 211151
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"Made this for my family and they loved it. I used boneless thighs instead of a whole chicken and it was wonderful. Served it over rice. The sauce was perfect. This is a keeper."

Deana Sims User ID: 3477171 172599
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

"This is a very delicious meal. The chicken just falls off the bones it is so tender and moist. The sauce accents rice perfectly. It is one that I will make again and again! I did double the sauce so that I would have extra for the rice and because I did not have white vinegar I used apple cider vinegar instead but it was still wonderful."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 101483
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"I used thighs and they were yummy!!!!!!!!!"

away720 User ID: 3757596 166826
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014

"This was some of the best chicken I've ever cooked. I'm not usually a big fan of chicken because I find it to be dry but I thought this might be a recipe my husband would like so I gave it a chance. I'll be making it often. The chicken fell off the bone and was so tender. And the sauce is delicious! I was a little concerned because I have to use gluten-free flour blends so I wasn't sure it would thicken it enough. It definitely did and served over gluten-free egg noodles...YUM! My husband in on his third helping as I type this."

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