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French Onion Chicken

A savory and insanely indulgent chicken skillet dish! This French onion chicken is an elegant dish for any night of the week!

Are you ready for the most insanely indulgent chicken skillet dish?

If you love French onion soup for its flavor and the melty cheesy goodness then you’ll love this French onion chicken that is made in one pot on the stovetop!

Add some crunchy bread on the side to soak up all the au jus and a side salad and you’ve got the ultimate meal for a fancy date night in or just because.

You don’t really need an excuse to make this French onion chicken!

A savory and insanely indulgent chicken skillet dish! This French onion chicken is an elegant dish for any night of the week!

What you’ll need to make French onion chicken

  • Thin cut chicken breast
  • Unsalted butter
  • Large sweet onions
  • Garlic
  • Fresh thyme
  • Dry white wine
  • Beef stock
  • Gruyere cheese
A savory and insanely indulgent chicken skillet dish! This French onion chicken is an elegant dish for any night of the week!

What cookware is best for French onion chicken?

I love using my cast iron braiser for this type of recipe. It can go from stove directly to the oven.

The best cookware to use for this recipe will be something that is stovetop safe and also oven-safe so you can easily transfer this to the oven without having to scoop everything out and put it in a casserole dish or whatever.

Is there a substitute for the wine?

To be honest, no. I would just omit it and add more beef stock in its place. Just know that the flavors might not be how the recipe was written for.

Can I use chicken thighs?

Absolutely.

A savory and insanely indulgent chicken skillet dish! This French onion chicken is an elegant dish for any night of the week!

Tips for French onion chicken:

  • For onions, use Vidalia onions, about softball size ones.
  • Chardonnay would be the type of white wine I would use.
  • Make sure to use beef stock because you want to bring a really deep flavor to the onions.
A savory and insanely indulgent chicken skillet dish! This French onion chicken is an elegant dish for any night of the week!

Other chicken recipes to try:

Garlic herb butter chicken skillet

Herbed cranberry chicken

Chicken piccata with crispy sage

Spinach stuffed chicken breast

French Onion Chicken

This French onion chicken is a skillet version of your favorite French onion soup in a cheesy, indulgent chicken dish!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 4
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Ingredients 

  • 4-6 thin cut chicken breast cutlets
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 large sweet onions, peeled, ends trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup beef stock
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese

Instructions

  • Season both sides of chicken cutlets with the desired amount of kosher salt and black pepper.
  • In a 12-inch oven-safe skillet add 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter and set over medium heat.
  • When the butter has melted add in the chicken cutlets and cook for 3 minutes per side. You’re looking to just lightly brown the chicken as it’s thin and won’t take too long to cook.
  • Remove the chicken from the skillet and place onto a plate.
  • In your same skillet add the remaining 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter.
  • Add in the onion and sauté for at least 15 minutes or until the onions are soft and translucent.
  • Add in the garlic, thyme, white wine, and beef stock.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Let the mixture simmer until the majority of the liquid has cooked off, about 5 minutes.
  • Taste and season with kosher salt if needed.
  • Remove the skillet from heat.
  • Nestle the cooked chicken into the onions and top each cutlet with a little bit of onion from the skillet.
  • Top the chicken and onions with shredded Gruyere cheese.
  • Place skillet in the oven under the broil and broil for a few minutes to just help melt the cheese.
  • Garnish with additional fresh thyme leaves if desired.

Notes

I’m not sure of the weight of four chicken cutlets but this recipe would work best with 4-6 of them.
When I say “large sweet onion” I mean like the big Vidalia onions about softball size.
If you need to add a little more butter or olive oil while cooking you can.
Chardonnay would be the type of wine I would use and make sure to use beef stock because you want to bring a really deep flavor to the onions.

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 452 kcal | Carbohydrates: 15 g | Protein: 36 g | Fat: 25 g | Saturated Fat: 14 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 139 mg | Sodium: 318 mg | Potassium: 743 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 9 g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter chicken, french, onion
Recipe Rating




Bong

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

If I use chicken thighs - are they fillets or bone-in? What’s the approximate weight? Thanks!

Julie Chiou

Thursday 18th of February 2021

boneless skinless, and about 1ish pounds

Nicole

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

Made this for dinner tonight and it was so good! Served it with homemade bread. Can't wait to make it again!

Ines

Thursday 14th of January 2021

Absolutely delicious!!!