Pan Seared Chicken Quick Recipe

Chicken with Caramelized Onion Cream Sauce
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Succulent pan-seared chicken with creamy caramelized onions is most loved French inspired chicken recipe. Foundation for this recipe is caramelized onions. Caramelizing onions releases sweet onion flavor and addition of little heavy cream results in a silky creamy sauce.

Chicken with Caramelized Onion Cream Sauce

For some extra flavor, I have marinated the chicken instead of using just salt and pepper. Marination will help chicken adsorb a lot of flavor and that really enhances the taste and texture.

If you do not like cream sauce, you can even serve this marinated pan-seared chicken on top of a pasta marinara or pasta carbonara.

Chicken with Caramelized Onion Cream Sauce

While searing chicken, make sure to reserve the juices collected at the bottom of pan. These juices drizzled over cream sauce take dish to whole new level. 

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Chicken with Caramelized Onion Cream Sauce

Chicken with Caramelized Onion Cream Sauce
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: American () Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 2 Servings - Serves: 2


  • 1 lbs Chicken (Chicken Breasts)
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 White Onion (cut discs or half moons)
  • Salt and Black Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp Garlic (2-3 fresh garlic cloves, fine minced, or use paste)
  • 2 tbsp Orange Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ginger (paste)
  • 1/2 tsp Grill Mates Chicken Seasoning (if can't find, make your own, check in notes.)
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chili Paste (sambal chili paste or sriracha, optional, use only if you like spicy.)
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil (1 tbsp for marinade and rest to sear chicken)


  • Step for Recipe - Chicken with Caramelized Onion Cream Sauce
    1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients for marinade : 1/2 tsp salt, red chilli paste, coriander podwer, red pepper powder, ginger, garlic, grill mate seasoning and olive oil.
    Step for Recipe - Chicken with Caramelized Onion Cream Sauce
    2. Marinate Chicken in this marinade for 10 to 30 minutes.
    Additional Notes: For better flavor, marinade at least for 30 minutes.
  • Step for Recipe - Chicken with Caramelized Onion Cream Sauce
    3. Heat 2 tbsp oil in pan, when oil is hot, sear chicken until fully cooked, about 7-8 minutes each side. Make sure not to press chicken with spatula while cooking because that release all good juices and chicken will end up being very dry.
    Additional Notes: If in hurry, I loosely cover chicken breasts in plastic wrap and then pound gently with back of a heavy bottom pan until about 1/4 inch thick. This tenderizes the chicken, chicken stays moist when cooked, and above all makes it super quick to cook, just 2-3 minutes per side.
    Step for Recipe - Chicken with Caramelized Onion Cream Sauce
    4. Transfer the cooked chicken to a plate. Also reseve the juices collected in the pan. In the same pan, add sliced onion and cook until onions are slightly caramelized.
    Additional Notes: You can also keep chicken warm in oven while working on the sauce.
  • Step for Recipe - Chicken with Caramelized Onion Cream Sauce
    5. Onion will become soft when caramelized and will absorb all chicken flavor from pan.
    Step for Recipe - Chicken with Caramelized Onion Cream Sauce
    6. Add salt, pepper,cream and then cook on low heat.
  • Step for Recipe - Chicken with Caramelized Onion Cream Sauce
    7. Cook on low heat until cream has thickened, reduced and has taken wonderful caramel color from onions.
    Step for Recipe - Chicken with Caramelized Onion Cream Sauce
    8. Serve chicken pieces on bed of caramelized onions cream sauce. Drizzle reserved juices (collected in the pan in which chicken was resting) on top and garnish with some fresh chives. Serve immediately.
Savita's Recipe Notes:

I have used Grill Mates Montreal Chicken Seasoning by McCormick. To make you own chicken seasoning, Mix 1 teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, dried parsley, dried oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon of crushed black pepper, paprika, cayenne, and salt. Keep remaining seasoning in an air-tight container. Perfect for grilling chicken, Use as dry rub or like I added to this wet chicken marinade.

Reheating - If not serving immediately, cream sauce tends to get very dry. Keep both, cream sauce and chicken refrigerated until ready to serve, in separate containers. Before serving, add cream sauce to a pan, add 1/4 cup chicken stock and bring to a simmer stir well to loosen the sauce, remove from heat. Warm the chicken and serve as suggested in the directions.

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17 comment(s)

  1. I just found your site & the recipes look delicious. I can't wait to try some.

    Hi Carol, I'm glad you loving what you see. Enjoy your stay!
  2. This is on my list to make asap. Looks easy and tasty. Thank you for the recipe.
  3. Thanks, I am so glad you liked this Chicken recipe.
  4. chicken with caramlized onion cream sauce is one of the best dishes i tastedthe recipe is very easy making so easy
  5. This looks amazing. My mouth is watering just looking at this! I am putting this on the menu as one of the first things I cook when I move back in with my parents this week.
  6. This sounds amazing, I love onions, and adding them to a cream sauce sounds just divine!
  7. This Chicken recipe has muscled its way onto my menu for the weekend. Thanks!
  8. This looks phenomenal! I love caramelized onions.
  9. I love the plate up very professional
  10. Yummy! Chicken with Caramelized onions looks totally awesome.
  11. Caramelized onion with chicken, I had it at new Orleans and after seeing your site i tried and it came out very delicious, hats off, I was soo looking for this recipe.
  12. Yumm, this looks delicious
  13. yumm. Caramelized Onion were to die for. On special demand , i am cooking this chicken recipe again today. thanks for sharing
  14. Wonderful chicken recipe. Exactly what I was looking for.
  15. Wow!! this looks yummy. Cant wait to cook.
  16. Excellent chicken recipe. In my version, I used a little bit veggie stock increase the amount of gravy. Came out excellent. thanks for recipe.