French Onion Chicken is the perfect dinner recipe. Caramelized onions, melted cheese and chicken breast make for a savory and delicious meal. Serve with a side of mashed potatoes, noodles or rice.
How to Caramelize Onions
Making caramelized onions calls for low and slow cooking. This process will change white crispy raw onions into sweet, brown, soft onions that are full of flavor. Place onions in a large dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add butter and season with salt and pepper. Let cook for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are deep brown in color. Stir in stock to deglaze the pan and create a saucy texture.
When to add salt to caramelised onions
The timing of adding salt to caramelised onions is often contested. Some argue that you can't add salt at the beginning of the cooking process as it will take longer for the caramelization process. I always add salt at the beginning of the process as the flavor becomes more developed this way.
How to easily cook chicken
Because the onions take a lot of time to cook in this recipe, I make my chicken at the same time in the oven to make the dinner a bit quicker. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken in a baking dish, drizzle with olive oil and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through.
French Onion Chicken
- 3 Yellow Onions Sliced thinly
- 3 Tbsp Butter
- 1 Cup Chicken Stock
- 2 Tbsp Flour
- 4 Chicken Breasts
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 4 Slices Swiss Cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a dutch oven over medium-low heat, add onions, butter, salt and pepper. Cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally until onions are a deep brown. Stir in some fresh thyme leaves and flour.. Deglaze the pan with chicken stock and stir until thickened.
- While onions are cooking, add chicken to a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through.
- Add chicken to the pan with caramelised onions. Spoon some onions on top of the chicken. Add the sliced swiss on top of the chicken. Cover the dutch oven until cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy!