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

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French Onion Chicken

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

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 4-6 thin cut chicken breast cutlets
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons (56 g) unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 large sweet onions, peeled, ends trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ cup (118 ml) dry white wine
  • ½ cup (118 ml) beef stock
  • 1 cup (132 g) 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 (28g) 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 (28g) 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

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

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  1. This popped up on one of my social media feeds and I knew I needed to make it the same night I saw it. I was not disappointed at all! My little town store didn’t have Gruyère, which is fine as it’s not a cheese I like, but using Swiss worked out perfectly. My 4 year old even loved it (once she took the onions off). I brought leftovers into work and my coworker was drooling as she smelled it. Will definitely make it again and again and again!