An easy dinner with the elegance of French Onion Soup.
So, my family is divided into two camps: those who love French Onion Soup and those who are lame. Can you tell which camp I am in?
I love French Onion Soup. I crave it. I order it every chance I get. And so I decided to put these flavors in an easy weeknight meal.
(NOTE: I love this easy method of making quick caramelized onions – using baking soda as a cooking hack. Check it out to make this chicken dish – and any others that call for caramelized onions – pronto!)
The soft, rich flavor of the onions with a little melted Gruyere cheese over chicken breasts is so delicious – this is my current go-to dinner obsession!
Happy Fall, Y’all!
— posted by Donna
FRENCH ONION CHICKEN BREASTS
1 large yellow onion
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
2 teaspoons salt, divided
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 ounces Gruyere cheese
micro greens for garnish, if desired
Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil. Cut onion in half from pole to pole and slice into 1/4 inch julienne slices, pole to pole. Add onion slices to pan. Sprinkle with baking soda. Stir frequently for about 5 minutes, until onions are well browned all the way through. Add thyme and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and stir and remove from heat.
Wipe out skillet with a paper towel. Pound chicken breasts a little to make them a uniform thickness. Sprinkle with remaining salt. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to skillet and saute chicken breasts for about 5 minutes on each side, until chicken is browned and cooked through. Slice cheese into paper-thin slices and then cover chicken with slices. Turn off heat and cover and let sit until cheese melts. Serve with onions on top (and a little green garnish if you like.)
Other French Onion delights:
French Onion Cheese bread, Foodie Crush
French Onion Chicken Sandwiches, Foxes Love Lemons
French Onion Grilled Cheese, Annie’s Eats
French Onion Soup Macaroni and Cheese, Savory Simple
French Onion Soup Burgers, Bakaholic Mama