Since it has not really warmed up all that much here I am still in comfort food mode and my latest new recipe is this french onion braised chicken that I came across on The Kitchn. I am a huge fan of french onion soup, I mean what's not to love about slowly caramelized onions in a tasty broth that is covered in melted cheese! Although this recipe takes a bit of time it is pretty straight forward where you caramelize the onions in one pan, brown the chicken in another pan, make the broth, throw it all in a baking dish and bake/braise until the chicken is cooked before topping with the cheese and broiling until it melts. Overall this is one really tasty dish where the french onion soup and the cheese provides a ton of flavour and the chicken turns it from a side dish into a main course that is sure to impress both your family and guests!
That chicken is looking a little bit exposed! Ah, there we go, some nice melted cheese!
French Onion Chicken
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour 35 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes Servings: 4
Moist and tender chicken braised in a french onion soup like sauce and topped with plenty of melted cheese.
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 pounds onions, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups beef broth or chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound chicken breasts or thighs (optionally boneless and skinless)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 cup gruyere, grated
- Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat, add the onions and cook until a deep golden brown, about an hour, stirring occasionally, adding a bit of water or broth to deglaze the pan as needed.
- Add the garlic, thyme and flour and cook for another minute while stirring.
- Add half of the broth, deglaze the pan, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat the oil in another pan over medium-high heat, season the chicken with salt and pepper, add the chicken and brown on both sides, about 2-4 minutes per side before setting aside.
- Add the remaining cup of broth to the pan, deglaze it, mix in the balsamic vinegar and mustard, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer to reduce by half, about 5 minutes.
- Place the onions in an oven safe pan, top with the chicken and broth from the chicken pan, cover with a lid or foil and bake in a preheated 350F/180C oven for 20 minutes.
- Sprinkle on the cheese and broil until it has melted, about 2-4 minutes.
Option: For One-Pan: Make this a one-pan meal by adding 8 ounces of pasta and 2 1/4 cups broth or water (or 1 cup of rice and 2 cups broth or water) to the sauce in step 6 and simmer, covered, until cooked, about 12 minutes (or 20 minutes for rice).