French Onion Soup Chicken

Try this low-carb French Onion Chicken bake for dinner with chicken breast cooked in flavorful French Onion Soup chicken broth. A comforting one pan Chicken dinner that whole family will enjoy.

Serve with crusty bread or keep low-carb theme with greens salad.
French Onion Soup Chicken
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Easy French Onion Soup Chicken recipe with chicken breast cooked topped with caramelized onions and melted Fontina in savory French Onion Soup chicken broth. So delicious and comforting chicken dinner two-in-one; 1) a complete one pan dinner as everything starting from chicken to soup cook in one pan 2) a bone-warming soup to savor with your favorite crusty bread. 

Oh, this recipe is gluten free. Serve with crusty bread or low-carb greens salad as per your diet preference.

French Onion Soup Chicken 

French Onion Soup Chicken is low-carb and healthy marriage of French Onion Soup and Chicken to make delicious main-course dinner dish.

Frist time I had French Onion Soup in Utah while attending a Blog Conference. It was so cold that a cup of French Onion Soup felt like heaven sent. Prior to eating soup, I checked for the ingredients with chef because I don't eat beef. I wonder if recipe uses beef stock. The delicious amber color of soup confused me but chef said it is made with a good quality chicken broth. With every sip, I fell in love with the comforting savory broth.

On a chili night such as today, the Chicken Breast cooked with French Onion soup brings both to dinner table; a comforting soup and an a no-mess one pan dinner.

French Onion Chicken

Honestly, because of one pan cooking, this recipe offers multiple layers of bold flavor with very less effort as all ingredients help each other pick more flavor. 

What Do You Need To Make French Onion Chicken?

The two main ingredients for French Onion Chicken are in the name i.e. caramelized sweet onions, and chicken. The soup part of this recipe is as good as French Onion Soup. Chicken cooked on top comes out moist and juicy. This recipe is a great way to flavor boring chicken breast to an amazing restaurant quality meal.

Here is the complete list of what you need to make French Onion Soup Chicken:

Ingredients for French Onion Soup Chicken

  1. Chicken
  2. Yellow Onion
  3. Chicken Broth (good quality or use homemade)
  4. Garlic
  5. Thyme
  6. Cheese such as Fontina or Mozzarella
  7. Worcestershire
  8. Salt, peeper and oil

To speed up and even cooking of chicken breast, I use halved, boneless and skinless chicken breasts for this recipe. i.e. one chicken breast yields two pieces. This also help in right portion size. You can serve one or 2 pieces per serving.

Chicken breast halves cook very quickly (about 3-4 minutes each side). If using whole breast, adjust the cooking time accordingly. Or increase liquid in the soup and simmer chicken with soup before finishing with the cheese.

French Onion Soup Sauce

To make the French Onion Soup sauce, I caramelize onions in the same skillet in which chicken was seared. Onions pick up all flavor bits of chicken from the skillet and become very delicious. It takes a little time to get onion caramelize and sweet. To speed up the process I use little help of sugar. Sugar also enhances the flavor of caramelized onions.

To prevent onions from sticking to the bottom, add a tbsp water at a time and cook scarping the brown bits. 

Once onions are caramelized, I make sauce in same pan with little bit garlic, thyme, chicken stock and Worcestershire. The flavor marriage of these ingredients with flavor bit in the skillet make delicious French onion sauce. You will love how amber colored soup comes together in no time.

As soup sauce starts coming together, I add cooked chicken back in to warm up in the sauce. That's it. Top chicken with reserved onion and cheese. Melt cheese under broiler until bubbling. French Onion Chicken is ready to serve. Yum!

French Onion Chicken Bake with Fontina Cheese

This Onion Chicken recipe is extra flavorful because:

  1. Everything cooks in the same skillet helping each layer pick up the flavor of the other. Onions pick up all of the flavor from the caramelized bits of cooked chicken. French Onion Sauce picks flavor from the sweet onions cooked in the same skillet.
  2. Worcestershire my secret to a deep flavor and rich colored French Onion Soup as if simmer for hours to develop flavor.
  3. Fontina Cheese ties together the flavor of onion sauce with chicken. (moist, juicy, YUM)

What to Serve with French Onion Chicken Breast?

The best way to enjoy French Onion Chicken is with crusty French bread and/or a lite green salad. I recommend a lite seasoned Romaine Salad on the side.

To serve low-carb, try zoodles made of zucchini, or cauliflower rice. 

Onion Soup Chicken

Substitutes and Tips for Success

  1. Fontina cheese melts like mozzarella but it is more flavorful than mozzarella. I recommend using fontina for this recipe. However, if can't find fontina, you can use grated mozzarella instead.
  2. If don't have access to broiler then use skillet with a lid. Cover the skillet after placing cheese and simmer on low until cheese is melted (3-4 minutes).
  3. Chicken breast halves cook very quickly (about 3-4 minutes each side). If using whole breast, adjust the cooking time accordingly. 

Friends, cook something different for the dinner tonight. This delicious French Onion Chicken is perfect for a cozy soup-as-main-for-dinner. The flavor of French Onion soup complements the moist chicken breast; sweet caramelized onion and salted fontina cheese brings everything together. It's like enjoying low-carb and high-protein bowl of French Onion Soup with Chicken Breast. You will love the flavors. Happy Cooking.

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French Onion Soup Chicken

5 (6 reviews)
French Onion Soup Chicken
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: French () Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 1.5-2 lbs Chicken - Serves: 4

Ingredients

Directions

  • 1. Cook Chicken Season chicken breast halves with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a tbsp of cooking oil in a heavy bottom large overproof skillet. (see note 1) Cook chicken breast halves in heated skillet until golden from both sides and cooked through (about 3-4 minutes per side) Transfer to a plate.
  • 2. Caramelize Onions Melt a tbsp oil and all of the butter in now empty skillet. Add sliced onions. Don't wipe skillet. Sprinkle generous pinch of salt and all of the sugar on the top. Cook stirring often, on low medium heat, until onions are well caramelized. (12-15 minutes) Add a tbsp water at a time to scrape the brown bits as needed. Transfer to a plate.
  • 3. Make Soup Sauce In now empty skillet, add remaining cooking oil. Don't wipe skillet. Add garlic and thyme sprigs or leaves. Let garlic perfume the oil (15-20 seconds). Don't let garlic burn. Add chicken stock and water. Bring to rolling boil, add worcestershire sauce, then simmer scraping the brown bits until stock thickens slightly (3-4 minutes). Taste and adjust salt. Add 1/4 tsp black pepper.
  • 4. Assemble and Broil Switch on broiler with a rack in top half of the oven. Return cooked chicken breast along with juices into the skillet. Top each chicken breast with caramelized onions and fontina cheese (dividing equally). Transfer skillet to the top rack. Broil until cheese is melted, golden and bubbling (about 2-3 minutes). Carefully remove from the oven. Serve with crusty bread.
Savita's Notes:
  1. I make French Onion Chicken in dutch oven skillet or any other broiler safe skillet to finish melting cheese on chicken under the broiler. When not using broiler safe skillet, transfer cooked chicken and soup to a broiler safe container and then broil.
  2. If don't have access to broiler then use skillet with a lid. Cover the skillet after placing cheese and simmer on low until cheese is melted (3-4 minutes).
  3. 1 Recipe uses 1 cup liquid in the sauce i.e. 3/4 cup chicken stock and 1/4 cup water. You can reduce quality by half if you prefer less sauce. 
  4. Broil time varies from 2-4 minutes depending upon the oven. For perfect results, keep an eye when broiling.
  5. Fontina cheese melts like mozzarella but it is more flavorful than mozzarella. I recommend using fontina for this recipe. However, if can't find fontina, you can use grated mozzarella instead.
  6. Chicken breast halves cook very quickly (about 3-4 minutes each side). If using whole breast, adjust the cooking time accordingly. Or increase liquid in the soup and simmer chicken with soup before finishing with the cheese.
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11 Responses

  1. My husband and I loved this! So comforting and delicious. Thanks for the great recipe!
    Thanks for the feedback, Sara. I'm happy to share.
  2. What a wonderful French soup! I never thought of adding chicken!
    Thanks. Chicken adds good serving of protein.
  3. I made this a couple of days ago, and my family flipped over it. The Fench onion flavors are so perfect with the chicken.
  4. This is so delicious! I definitely had to serve it with crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce. thanks for the recipe
  5. This is super comforting! Everyone at my house loved it!
  6. OMG! this is was SO good! We love french onion soup. I never thought to cook chicken with it. Brilliant idea! This will be regular in our menu. I caramelize and refrigerate extra onions, my short cut to make this on weeknights. Thanks for the recipe.
    Thanks. I'm happy to share. 👍 Good job on caramelizing onions beforehand.
  7. this sounds delicious, Savita! I do love chicken and french onion soup gives a whack of flavour.
    Thanks Sherry! You got it 🙌