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French Onion Chicken Recipe

Delicious caramelized onions cooked together with chopped chicken in a smooth gravy.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramelized, chicken, onion
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 199kcal
Author: Jane and Sonja


  • 3 medium cooking onions finely diced
  • 2 lbs chicken 4-5 breasts, 10 thighs or drumsticks (note if using drumsticks, slice them on the bone to help cook faster)
  • ½ yellow or red bell pepper sliced (optional)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp oil vegetable or canola
  • 3-4 cups water as needed

Thickener (Gravy)


  • Sautee chopped chicken in a deep sauce pan until juices run out and edges start to brown. Add 1 cup hot water. Simmer on medium-low temperature about 15-20 minutes. Add more water if needed to keep from burning.
  • In the meantime, sautee diced onions in a separate frying pan until caramelized, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the caramelized onions to the chicken and stir together.
  • Add 2 cups of water and stir.
  • Add peppers and continue simmering for 20 minutes.
  • Make the thickener by mixing corn starch with cold water and then adding to chicken.
  • Simmer for another 10 minutes until thickener adjusts to a gravy consistency.


Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 397IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg