French Onion Chicken

 

French Onion Chicken is everything you love about French Onion soup but over chicken. If you love the taste of French onion soup, you’re going to go crazy over this recipe. It’s finger-licking good and soon to be a family favorite meal.

Cheesy French Onion Chicken in skillet

When’s the last time you found a meal that was unique enough to surprise your taste buds and treat everyone in your family? If you’re having to stop and think about it, it’s been way too long. This French Onion Chicken is about to rock your flavor world.

French Onion Chicken will be your go-to dinner! It’s so incredibly full of flavor, and it’s so easy, it’s perfect for any occasion. For a weeknight meal to having company over, this dish is a great choice for anything.

It’s not often that we make a recipe and love it from the get-go. Usually, we have to tweak it a bit. Add a little something something or omit a little of that but this one just started out perfect from the beginning for us.

Maybe because we love a good French onion soup things fell together. Maybe it was because we love tender chicken. Maybe it’s because there’s so much cheesy goodness going on in this recipe. Maybe it’s because it’s not hard to make. Whatever the reason, one thing’s for sure: this French Onion Chicken is a big-time winner with us!

Overhead shot of French Onion Chicken on white plate

French Onion Chicken Recipe

Not only is this French Onion Chicken recipe super simple to make, but it tastes like a million bucks as well. We like it so much in our house that we’ve made it part of our monthly meal-planning rotation.

As a matter of fact, we normally make it about every other week. And it reheats really well if you happen to have any leftovers. This hardly ever happens in our house but if it should for some crazy reason you’re good to go.

Three chicken breasts covered in melted cheese and bathed in French Onion gravy in cast iron skillet.

Can you bake this instead of making it in a skillet?

You could but it really needs to start out on the cook top with the onions getting caramelized and the flavors developing. We have made this recipes many times to get it just right and found this is the best way to make French onion chicken. There is no substituting in this recipe to make it as good as it is written. The cook top is your best route.

This recipe is one that we make often and by often I would say about every couple of weeks or so. Sometimes even more often than that! We love it that much! And the best part is once you make this recipe once or twice you will realize the ease of it.

It is a simple recipe that takes little time but is huge on flavor. As we always tell everyone, always set all your ingredients out before you start cooking.

From start to finish this delicious dish comes together in about 40 minutes! Making it a perfect company meal or just a I want a delicious dinner meal!

Are you ready to start making this French Onion chicken Recipe?

Once you try this recipe I’m sure you will be making it time and time again! It will be on your regular recipe rotation. and company will be asking “Are we having that French chicken recipe when we come over for dinner?”

Yes it has stuck as a favorite with everyone! which is fine with us. It’s easy and delicious and we can’t ask for much more than that. we have made it so much that we can make it with our hands tied behind our backs now!

Ingredients

While this recipe looks like it takes forever to make, the reality is that there aren’t that many ingredients to this recipe and the labor is minimal. It only takes 10 ingredients and a little bit of pan cooking to create this delicious dish. You’ll need:

  • White Onions
  • Butter
  • Beef Broth
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Thyme
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Deli-Style Provolone
  • Deli-Style Swiss

Making It

The entire cooking process of this French Onion Chicken is very straightforward. You’ll cook your onions until softened, then cook your chicken for 5 minutes on each side to get them golden brown. Then you’ll sprinkle the onions with flour and cook for a minute, then pour in the broth and whisk until thickened. After that, add the chicken, top with cheese, and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes. This is the quick and simple condensed version, See? Easy.

Collage with sauteed onions at left, onions with broth at center, and sauteed chicken breasts at right
  • Melt butter in an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and stir while cooking, for about 15 minutes until softened
  • Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • Season chicken breasts with olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh thyme. Cook chicken in skillet for about 5 minutes on each side. Move chicken to a plate and cover with a paper towel.

(this is when the house starts smelling amazing!) 

  • Return onions to the skillet and sprinkle with flour. Stir and cook for about 1 minute before pouring in beef broth. Whisk until thickened
  • Add chicken back to skillet and spoon sauce over the chicken.
  • Top with one slice of provolone and one slice of swiss for each breast.
  • Move to oven and bake until cheese is melted and chicken is cooked through – about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and spoon more of the sauce over the chicken. Top with parsley and serve hot. 

PIN IT!!

Collage with French Onion Chicken in gravy at top and chicken on plate at bottom

French Onion Chicken Tips

Of course. This is all up to you in what you want to add. The liquid will add a bit of flavor, but it’s also a big component of keeping the chicken from drying out as well.

If you prefer chicken broth, use chicken broth. It’s as simple as that. We prefer beef broth so that’s what we use. We think the beef broth adds a bigger depth of flavor. When making French onion soup you usually use beef broth but it’s your call.

You can also substitute boneless pork or turkey cutlets as your protein. It will still retain that delicious flavor, and the different protein, especially the pork, will add a nice twist to the dish.

To add some heat, sprinkle in some cayenne pepper or throw in some fresh jalapenos at the end. If hot is what you want, hot is what you can get.

Above all, my two biggest tips are these: Don’t rush and don’t go too slowly. They seem like opposites, right? Well, let me explain.

You don’t want to go too slowly when browning your chicken. Cooking it for longer than 5 minutes can lead to overcooking, which will make a tough breast.

You don’t want to go too fast with the onions. You’re aiming for a rich, caramelized final product. Cooking the onions too fast will lead to more of a crisping, almost burning effect. Onions need time to break down and get all gooey and amazing.

Collage with French Onion chicken on plate at top and in gravy at bottom

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Serving French Onion Chicken

You can serve almost any side dish you like with this delicious dish. All types of vegetables go great with chicken, as do any type of potato dishes, too. And if you’re wanting to keep it nice and light, having a nice side salad with this meal is always a winning option.

Close up of cheesy chicken in French Onion gravy in skillet
Sliced French Onoin chicken on white plate
Overhead shot of chicken topped with cheese and swimming in onion gravy in skillet

Storing French Onion Chicken

You can store this delicious, cheesy, onion-filled chicken recipe for up to 4 days in an air-tight container in the fridge. Freezing isn’t recommended, however, because the onions get a little weird after defrosting. You’ll just have to eat it all before those four days!

Overhead shot of chicken covered in cheese and onions on white plate

FAQ

Q: Can I use other meats with this dish?
A: Absolutely! Both boneless pork and turkey cutlets work incredibly well.

Q: I like a bit of heat, can I kick this up?
A: For sure. Try adding cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, or fresh jalapneo slices to this dish to give it a nice heat.

Q: How long is this French Onion Chicken good for?
A: You can keep it in the fridge for about 4 days in an air-tight container.

Q: What can I serve with this dish?
A: You can serve almost any side you like with this dish. All veggies work with it, but potatoes are always a good choice. Rice is amazing with this dish, too.

French Onion Chicken – Classic Comfort on a Plate

If you’re looking for comfort food this is it! Tender juicy cheesy goodness that will make you some sort of superstar when it comes to dinner with your family! This also makes for a delicious company meal. Believe me, we have served it many times to rave reviews. 

Have fun making this delicious French Onion Chicken recipe. Not only will it be a true treat for your taste buds but it will also become one of your go-to dishes as well. (and in case you’re wondering, the leftovers are just as delicious!) 

Collage of various shots of onion chicken.

OTHER CHICKEN RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

 Cheesy Crack Chicken Casserole

White Chicken Enchiladas

Southern Fried Chicken

Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy

Easy Chicken Marsala

French Onion Chicken

If you love the taste of French Onion Soup, you're going to go crazy over this French Onion Chicken. It's finger-licking good and soon to be a family favorite meal.

3.93 from 183 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 512kcal

Ingredients

  • 2  large white onions, sliced

  • ¼ cup  (1/2 stick) salted butter

  • 1 14 oz can beef broth

  • 3-4 chicken breasts, pounded

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

  • 1 tsp fresh thyme

  • 1 ½ tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 3-4 slices deli-style provolone cheese (depending on how many chicken breasts)

  • 3-4 slices deli-style swiss cheese (depending on how many chicken breasts)

  • parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  • Melt butter in an oven-safe skillet over medium high heat. Add onions and stir while cooking, for about 15 minutes until softened
  • Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • Season chicken breasts with olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh thyme. Cook chicken in skillet for about 5 minutes on each side. Move chicken to a plate and cover with a paper towel.
  • Return onions to skillet and sprinkle with flour. Stir and cook for about 1 minute before pouring in beef broth. Whisk until thickened
  • Add chicken back to skillet and spoon sauce over the chicken.
  • Turn oven on to 350 degrees
  • Top with one slice of provolone and one slice of swiss for each breast.
  • Move to a 350 degree oven and bake until cheese is melted and chicken is cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes
  • Remove from oven and spoon more of the sauce over the chicken. Top with parsley and serve hot. 

Nutrition

Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 61g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 214mg | Sodium: 2342mg | Potassium: 1084mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 907IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 346mg | Iron: 2mg

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25 Comments

  1. This recipe sounds really yummy but the only ingredient I do not like is Thyme. What can I substitute this with?

    1. Hi Valerie you can use Basil, parsley or rosemary if you like. Or just leave it out.

  2. In your first explanation it says to sprinkle onions & chicken with flour.
    The next time it says remove chicken & only sprinkle onions with flour.

    1. I don’t see where you see that but you should be following the recipe card for the recipe.

  3. I am not a swiss cheese fan can I use another cheese

    1. Yes you can use mozzarella or gruyere or double up on the provolone

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious! Followed the directions but did have to swap the beef broth for chicken bone broth. Hubs can only eat beef 2 times a week. Gout. But the whole family loved it. I did make Roasted Red Potatoes and Asparagus to go with.

    1. So glad you enjoyed it Heather! So glad the sway worked well for you

  5. 5 stars
    This was easy and the flavors were great. I decided to put it on couscous and it did a great job soaking up the delicious “soup”. I will probably make this again.

    1. Thanks so much Adam. so glad you liked this recipe!!

  6. Liz Hutton says:

    My oven is not working right now, do you think I could cook this in a microwave?

    1. No I would not cook this in the microwave. The texture would really be off

  7. Rosemary Anderson says:

    I made the French onion chicken for dinner, and it was delicious and definitely a hit! I will be making it again! Thank you!!

    1. So happy you enjoyed it 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    Hubby and I made this and absolutely loved it. It is now a regular addition to our monthly menu. Thanks for an easy and exceptionally tasty meal.

    1. Jo so happy you enjoyed this! We love this recipe. It’s easy and always a big hit. 🙂

  9. Susan Haley says:

    5 stars
    Made this dish last night. Delicious!! Thank goodness we have enough leftover for tonight’s dinner. The only variation that I did was I added mushrooms and I didn’t have enough beef broth so I added a small can of beef gravy. Gave a good consistency and flavor. We served with egg noodles. It was a hit and will definitely make again! Thank you!

    1. So glad you enjoyed this recipe! We love mushrooms and add them sometimes too. The gravy sounds great too!

  10. 5 stars
    This was amazing thank you for sharing

  11. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!! Thank you for sharing ❤️❤️

    1. so happy you enjoyed this chicken dish. It is one of our favorites 🙂

    1. Thank you! This is one of my favorite chicken recipes

  12. 5 stars
    Great recipe. Made it with pork tenderloin (only a small amount of Swiss cheese under a very quick broil) and everyone loved it. Thank you.

    1. Very happy you enjoyed it and yes pork works really well with this recipe!