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FRENCH ONION CHICKEN


Hey everyone,
Craving some seriously comforting food? Look no further than this FRENCH ONION CHICKEN! It’s become a regular in my kitchen, and I gotta share this gem with you all.
Remember that feeling of pure satisfaction from a bowl of French onion soup? The melty cheese, the soft croutons swimming in rich, caramelized onions? Divine, right? This dish captures that same magic, but in a hearty, one-pan wonder that’s perfect for a cozy weeknight dinner.
The star of the show, of course, are the onions. We slowly caramelize them until they’re beautifully golden brown, releasing their natural sweetness and adding an depth of flavor that’ll knock your socks off. The chicken thighs then snuggle up in this bed of caramelized goodness, soaking up all those delicious oniony juices. Yum!
But wait, there’s more! To create a creamy, dreamy sauce without any dairy, we use coconut milk and a touch of arrowroot starch. It’s like a culinary magic trick, transforming into a luscious sauce that complements the chicken and onions perfectly.
So, ready to dive into French onion chicken bliss? Let’s get cookin’!

FRENCH ONION CHICKEN INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 – 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (around 4-5 thighs): These are the stars of the show!
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil: Keeps things healthy and adds richness.
  • 3 large sweet onions, halved and thinly sliced (about 2 cups): The key to caramelized onion magic.
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced: Adds a garlicky kick.
  • 1 bay leaf: Infuses a subtle herbal touch.
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar (or brown sugar, or a maple syrup drizzle): A touch of sweetness to balance the savory flavors.
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped: Fresh thyme adds depth and pairs beautifully with the onions and chicken.
  • 15-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk: The base of our creamy, dairy-free sauce.
  • 1 cup chicken bone broth, plus 2 tablespoons for the slurry: Adds richness and depth to the sauce.
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons arrowroot starch or cornstarch: Thickens the sauce like a charm.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste: Don’t forget to season!

FRENCH ONION CHICKEN METHOD

FRENCH ONION CHICKEN
FRENCH ONION CHICKEN
  • Season the Chicken: Pat those chicken thighs dry and season them generously with salt and pepper. Let them rest while you prep the other ingredients. This step helps the salt penetrate the meat for extra flavor.
  • Sear the Chicken: Heat up the avocado oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the chicken thighs and sear them for 5 minutes per side, until golden brown and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside.
  • Caramelize the Onions: Now, for the caramelization magic! Reduce the heat to medium and add another tablespoon of oil. Add the sliced onions and stir them occasionally, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. This deglazing step is important to release all the flavorful bits that add richness to the final dish.
    Here’s a tip: Be patient with the caramelization process. It takes time, but it’s worth it for those deeply golden, sweet onions. Trust me, the extra time is an investment in flavor town! After about 15 minutes, when the onions are softened and starting to brown, add the garlic and thyme. Cook for another minute or two, letting the fragrant aroma fill your kitchen.
  • Create the Sauce: Pour in the coconut milk and 1 cup of chicken broth, and bring everything to a simmer. Let the simmering broth gently scrape up any remaining bits from the bottom of the pan, incorporating all those delicious caramelized bits into the sauce.
  • Thicken the Sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the arrowroot starch and the remaining 2 tablespoons of chicken broth. This will create a slurry, which is basically a thickening agent. Slowly whisk the slurry into the simmering sauce, and cook for a few minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.
  • Bring it all Together: Now, the fun part! Nestle the cooked chicken thighs back into the pan, spooning that luscious sauce all over them. Let everything simmer for another 3-5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld beautifully.
  • Serve and Enjoy: Plate your French onion chicken, and garnish with some fresh thyme sprigs for an elegant (and delicious!) touch.

FRENCH ONION CHICKEN TIPS

  • Don’t have coconut sugar? No worries! Substitute it with brown sugar or a touch of maple syrup.
  • For a thicker sauce, simply add an extra 1/2 tablespoon of arrowroot starch to the slurry.
  • Leftovers? No problem! This dish reheats beautifully, making it perfect for meal prepping.
    I hope you love this French onion chicken recipe as much as I do! It’s a perfect example of how simple ingredients can come together to create something truly flavorful and comforting. So, gather your loved ones, whip up this dish, and savor the delicious depths of French onion chicken!.
Alex John
Alex Johnhttp://hygienetimes.com
Hey I'm Alex, one of the guys behind Hygiene Times. l know how to make delicious Recipes and I will use this website to teach you how you could do the same.

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