Celebration Chicken

I am all about tasty and simplicity when it comes to cooking. I love using my oven to cook and take advantage of it every chance I can. I have the set it and forget it mentality when it comes down to it, I don’t mind standing in front of the stove but lets face it – we are busy, when you have kids running around or things that are piling up, who has time to stand in front of the stove and make sure your food is not burning…not this momma!

I have been making this chicken dish for going on 20 years, and I still love it! I found it in a cook book that my grandma gave me when I first left home to start the adventure of living on my own. This chicken dish is easy, and savoury! The prep time for it is next to nothing and the cooking is done in the oven so the 1 hour it takes to cook gives you time to get other things done.

You can really use any chicken pieces you choose in this dish, I prefer chicken breast for this for a couple of reasons. 1. It is a little easier to cut up and I don’t have to worry about small bones. 2. The chicken breast become extremely tender in the sauce while cooking, so I like to save the other parts of the chicken for another dish, another time!

The sauce breaks down the chicken turning it into tender deliciousness!

There are 4 key ingredients that you need to make this, onion soup base, ketchup, brown sugar and water. I also add a generous amount of garlic powder (because I love garlic) you can omit if you choose.

You want to make sure your chicken is cut into squares about 1 inch X 1 inch – try to keep them close to the same size to ensure even cooking.

When cooking a 9×13 inch glass baking dish is what I choose to use. I like how each pieces lays flat and not stacked on top of each other. Although it does not have to be this way, if you have a casserole dish you can use that as well, but it does not need to be covered. However if you want it to be a bit more saucy you can cover with a lid or tin foil.

Once you get your chicken cut into pieces lay it into your baking dish of choice, and add the sauce to it, stir until combined well. Place in the oven on the bottom rack. You will want to stir occasionally,

The chicken becomes tender and the sauce forms a very sweet yet tangy flavour and gets thicker with a bit of stickiness, it is an unexplainable flavour that is just delicious!

For a side, I serve with rice or mashed potatoes, as there is going to be a bit of sauce that you can mix together. Then some steamed vegetables or a salad.

Celebration Chicken

Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 50 Minutes Serving: 3-4 People


  • 4 Chicken Breast – cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 Cup ketchup
  • 1 envelop onion soup mix
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • Garlic powder to taste

What you need to do:

  1. Pre heat oven to 375*F.
  2. Combine, brown sugar, water, onion soup, ketchup, and garlic powder – mix well and set aside.
  3. Add chicken to a 9×13 in glass baking dish, add sauce and combine well.
  4. Place on bottom rack of oven uncovered – Stir twice while baking.
  5. Bake 50 minutes. Remove from oven and serve with rice or mashed potatoes.


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