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Thursday, November 3, 2022

happy food: French onion chicken


Last night was cold and perfect for trying this new recipe. While the ingredients are simple, the longest part of making this dinner was carmelizing the onions. It's worth it though. It was perfect for a cool evening. 


2 cups of shredded chicken 

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large yellow onion, cut into slivers

1/2 cup white wine 

1 tablespoon flour

1/2 cup heavy cream 

1/2 cup chicken broth

2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon of dried thyme (to taste)

2 tablespoons of shredded gruyere

salt and pepper to taste 


Shred store-bought rotisserie chicken and return to fridge while you prepare the onions. 

Add olive oil to pan. When oil is shimmering, add the finely sliced onion and wine. Heat on medium. Cover and stir every now and then. It should take approximately 45  minutes to achieve that perfect caramelized consistency. If there is little liquid left, slowly add chicken broth to keep the onions moist.

Once the onions are caramelized, add flour, stir and add chicken broth, heavy cream, thyme, gruyere, salt and pepper. Cook until bubbly. 


- I used a Costco rotisserie chicken or sauté chicken breasts, cooled then shredded

-  You can substitute apple cider vinegar or chicken broth for the white wine

- You can substitute cream cheese for the heavy cream

- Trader Joe's currently carries fresh thyme. I bough the thyme, rosemary, mint and basil plants. They line my kitchen window. In this recipe, the fresh thyme really brings a perfect balance to the richness of the onions and cream flavor

- The flavors are very smooth and rich. The serving should be small. This pairs well with white wine and a simple salad

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