Ooohhhh it got chillier out today. The perfect time for a little warm up a la french onion chicken.
Gosh darn this recipe makes me so happy. The best part would be caramelizing the onions. It’s low and slow and fragrant, that kind of cooking you just want to stand over the stove with a wooden spoon in your hand while wearing plaid pajamas and a glass of red in the other hand.
So when you’ve got some time and are a little chilled this is the recipe for you. Love the addition of browned up chicken and fresh herbs and of course, the delicious gooey cheese on top. Don’t forget the crusty bread. This is a meal my friends.
Serve in deep bowls while watching This Is Us and try, for that mere moment, to think of something that can make you happier. I’m guessing you will have a hard time coming up with something.
- 2 pounds Vidalia onions, peeled and sliced thin
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 cups beef stock (I used chicken and worked just fine)
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese (I used Guyere)
- 1 baguette, sliced
- Heat ¼ cup olive oil in a large oven safe skillet over medium heat. Add onions and stir to coat with oil. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Cook onions, stirring occasionally to avoid burning until onions are tender and slightly caramelized, about 20 minutes. (I carried on up to about 40 minutes)
- Stir in balsamic vinegar and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
- Place cooked onions in a small dish and set aside. Return skillet to stove over medium heat and add remaining olive oil.
- Season chicken with salt, pepper and thyme.
- Add chicken and cook until all sides are brown and cooked thoroughly. Remove chicken from skillet.
- Increase temperature to high. Add in beef broth to deglaze skillet. Reduce temperature back to medium. Gradually whisk in flour until broth is thicken. Season with a pinch of salt, pepper and thyme.
- Stir in cooked chicken and onions until combined with beef sauce.
- Sprinkle with Swiss cheese and place in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes until cheese in melted and bubbly.
- Sprinkle with a pinch of thyme if desired.
- To serve, place a few baguette slices in a shallow bowl. Top with chicken and sauce. Serve warm.