French Onion Chicken Bake? French onion soup is a classic and tasty recipe with a lot of flavor for such a tiny amount of time! Today we’re cooking a baked chicken version of this classic, which has all of the great elements of French onion soup, plus the extra protein!. This meal has caramelized onions, mushrooms, and chicken, and it is served with french bread and cheese, much like the original. This is so delicious and so simple to make that I guarantee it will become a family favorite!
The trick to this meal (and any French onion soup, for that matter) is to simmer the onions slowly. We really want the onions to caramelize, so we have to give them some time.
The other strategy is to buy a day-old baguette. Bread that is too fresh can get mushy, while a baguette that is 1-2 days old will provide the right crispy, chewy texture.
Other flavor bombs include balsamic vinegar (I tried a fig balsamic and it was delicious! ), white wine, and rosemary.
How To Cut An Onion (Without Making Your Eyes Water)
I used to despise chopping onions because they made my eyes burn so badly, until I discovered the proper method to cut them!
The secret is to cut the onion at the root and then slice it in half.
This is because the root of the onion contains the majority of the chemicals that cause your eyes to wet, so if you never slice into it, or at least wait until the very end, you’ll tear up a lot less!
Can I use a different type of onion?
For this dish, I used sweet onions, but you may use yellow or white onions instead. It’s not going to make much of a difference.
French Onion Chicken Bake
What if I substitute chicken broth for the beef broth?
French onion soup is generally cooked with beef stock, but it can easily be substituted with chicken broth! It will have a milder flavor but will still be wonderful.
What kind of white wine should I use?
I’d choose a non-sweet white wine. A buttery chardonnay or a dry pinot grigio are also excellent choices. Furthermore, most grocery shops carry relatively low-cost versions of both, which is ideal for cooking.
Is it possible to make this recipe gluten-free?
If you have a favorite gluten-free bread, feel free to use it in this recipe.
What Is a Good Mozzarella Cheese Substitute?
Gruyere cheese is a terrific substitute and has a bit more taste! Because I had mozzarella cheese on hand, that’s what I used. You may also substitute aged white cheddar.
Baked French Onion Chicken
The first step
Gather your ingredients.
Cut the onions into quarter-inch cubes.
Preheat the oven to 400°F and coat the bottom of a baking dish with cooking spray. I’m using a 912 ceramic dish, but you may use whatever you have available.
In a large saucepan or skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continually whisk in the onions.
After 10 minutes, add the garlic, rosemary, balsamic vinegar, beef broth, and white wine to the onions. Continue to simmer everything over medium-low heat until the onions are jammy.
While those are cooking, pound the chicken items between two pieces of parchment paper with a hammer. This will help tenderize the chicken and allow it to cook more quickly.
Scoop half of the onions into the bottom of the baking dish once they’re done.
Add the chicken and mushrooms for the second layer, then top with the remaining onion mixture.
Place the baguette in thin slices on top of the chicken.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbling, and top with the shredded cheeses and a little extra rosemary. To make the cheese golden brown, you may need to turn on the broiler at the end.
Enjoy with mashed potatoes or rice!