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French Onion Chicken

This French Onion Chicken Recipe is easy to prepare in a skillet and bake in the oven! The chicken is smothered in a rich French Onion sauce and topped with hot, melted cheese.

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt/pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ Tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, salted or unsalted

Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 yellow onions, equal to 1.5 lbs.
  • 1 Tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon ground sage
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup dry white wine, like chardonnay or pinot grigio
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 beef bouillon
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, provolone or gruyere are great too

Instructions

Prepare the Chicken

  • Cut the chicken into 2-3 thinner slices. Place in between saran wrap and pound it to 1/4 inch thick. (*PRO TIP: Using the textured side of the meat tenderizer makes this go a bit more quickly.)
  • Pat the chicken dry and sprinkle each side with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Combine the flour and Parmesan cheese and dredge the chicken in it.
  • Heat 3 Tbsp. oil and 1 Tbsp. butter over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken for about 3 minutes/side, until a nice golden crust has developed. PRO TIP: Adjust heat as needed throughout the searing process, turning down slightly if it gets too hot, and back up again if needed. Add a little additional olive oil if/as needed.
  • Set the chicken aside and tent with foil. If it’s not cooked all the way through, it will finish cooking in the oven.

Caramelize the Onions

  • Slice the onions to even ¼ inch slices. (Not too thin as they reduce in size during cooking.)
  • Melt 2 Tbsp. butter and 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium heat. Use a silicone spatula to clean the chicken remnants (called “fond”) from the bottom of the skillet, this will add more flavor to the sauce.
  • Add the sliced onions and toss to coat. Soften for 5 minutes. Add soy sauce, rosemary, thyme, and sage.
  • Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove cover and increase heat to medium. Cook for 10 more minutes, stirring frequently.

Make the Sauce

  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  • Add the garlic and white wine to the skillet. Cook uncovered until the wine is almost completely reduced, about 10 minutes.
  • Add flour and toss to coat. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until raw flour smell is gone.
  • Add chicken broth, beef broth, and beef bouillon. Increase heat to medium-high and bring the sauce to a gentle boil. Let it thicken and reduce for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Bake

  • (Note: Transfer to an oven-safe casserole dish prior to baking if necessary. I always use a large, oven-safe skillet for this recipe to make it easy to transfer from the stovetop to the oven.)
  • Add the chicken back to the skillet and top with cheese. Bake at 475 for 15-20 minutes, until the top begins to brown and bubble.
  • Remove from the oven and garnish with fresh thyme. Serve!

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Notes

Chicken broth can be used instead of white wine if needed.

Low Sodium Broth, soy sauce, and butter can be used to control the salt in this recipe. The beef bouillon can be omitted as well, but it does add a bit of rich flavor that makes the sauce similar to a gravy.

Kitchen Bouquet Browning and Seasoning Sauce is an optional addition, 2-3 drops will give the sauce a richer, darker color.

If your pan has any black spots from cooking the chicken, you can give that a rough wipe before making the sauce, but brown remnants add a lot of flavor. Adjust heat during searing as needed to control the temperature.

You can measure out all of the ingredients that come after the onions while the onions are cooking. This is also a great time to prepare a side dish of mashed potatoes or cheesy scalloped potatoes.

Nutrition facts includes all of the flour dredge ingredients but it's likely that there will be some left on the plate.

The chicken is ready to serve when it's reached 165°.

Nutrition

Calories: 604kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 39g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 107mg, Sodium: 1122mg, Potassium: 549mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 756IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 422mg, Iron: 3mg