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Skillet French Onion Chicken is a tender and creamy chicken dinner that you can make at home and only takes 30 minutes to make! It’s easily better than anything you can find in a restaurant.

For more savory and creamy chicken recipes, try my Skillet Creamy Mushroom Florentine or Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Chicken. You’ll thank me later!

Overhead shot of finished french onion chicken.

Reasons You’ll LOVE This Recipe

  • Easy Cleanup: Because this recipe is cooked in a skillet, you only have to clean up one pan!
  • Packed with Flavor: This recipe has so much flavor. Between the onion, the chicken, the butter, cheese and seasonings, you will LOVE the taste!

Skillet French Onion Chicken

Cooking everything in one skillet makes this ideal for busy evenings or when you want to minimize cleanup. The flavors meld beautifully, creating a dish that tastes like it’s been simmering all day. I also love how easy this one-pan crispy parmesan chicken recipe or this skillet Italian sausage and pepper recipe are.

Ingredients for French Onion Chicken

With just a few ingredients you most likely have on hand, you can quickly put together the most incredible meal for your family.  These shopping list staples come together to make the BEST French onion chicken recipe. Scroll down to the recipe card for exact measurements.

  • Olive Oil: Adds amazing flavor to the chicken as it cooks in the skillet.
  • Yellow Onions: Saute until they are sweet and caramelized.
  • Chicken breasts: Pound them out to an even thickness.
  • Salt and pepper: The salt brings out the flavors so season generously to your taste preference.
  • Butter: Melt the butter in the pan, then whisk in the flour until it is combined to create the base of the sauce.
  • Flour: Whisk into the butter for the roux. This will be the thickening agent for the creamy sauce.
  • Beef broth: Add to the roux and let it simmer until it starts to thicken.
  • Dried oregano and thyme: These two seasonings are perfect, but you can also use an Italian seasoning mix if you have it on hand.
  • Swiss and Provolone cheese: Sprinkle both cheeses over the top of the chicken and broil to create the perfect melty cheese crust.
Overhead shot labeled ingredients to make French onion chicken.

How to Make Skillet Chicken

This classic French onion chicken is a family favorite that only needs one pan and 30 minutes to make! It is so quick and easy that it will become a go-to weeknight meal.

  1. Saute onions: Add the oil and sliced onions to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté until caramelized, a deep golden brown, about 7-10 minutes. Remove French onion sauce and set aside on a plate.
  2. Cook the chicken: Add in the chicken breasts and cook on each side for 3-4 minutes or until cooked throughout and no longer pink. Set aside with the onions.
  3. Whisk together sauce: Melt the butter in your skillet, then add the flour and stir until combined. Add the beef broth, oregano, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste, and let simmer for 1-2 minutes until it starts to thicken.
  4. Combine all ingredients: Reduce heat to a simmer and add chicken and onion gravy back to the dish. Top with shredded Swiss cheese and provolone.
  5. Broil: Place dish in oven and broil for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Tips For French Onion Chicken

This chicken is filled with the flavor you crave in a delicious french onion soup.  It tastes fancy, but it is so simple and easy to make.  Here are some tips to keep in mind when making this meal at home.

  • Serve with: This chicken would go great with a side of steamed rice or broccoli, a fresh Arugula salad, or asparagus.
  • Chicken: Pound the chicken to a thin and even thickness, or butterfly the breast for a quicker cooking time. Make sure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. You can use a meat thermometer to check doneness.
Close up shot of finished skillet french onion chicken.

How to Store and Reheat French Onion Chicken

  • In the Refrigerator: Place leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate. This chicken will save well in the fridge for a week. 
  • In the Freezer: You can also freeze any leftovers in an airtight container. when you are ready to eat, you will need to thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  • To Reheat in the Microwave: To warm your chicken, microwave for 30 seconds at a time until it’s warm to your liking. Alternatively, cover it with aluminum foil and place in a 350-degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
  • To Reheat in the Air-Fryer: Reheat in the air fryer at 370 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes. I love how convenient using the air fryer is for reheating—it gives me the same results as using an oven but in a third of the time.
Overhead shot of plated chicken on potatoes with a bite on a fork.

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Skillet French Onion Chicken

5 from 4 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Skillet French Onion Chicken delivers a tender and creamy chicken dinner that you can make at home, it's easily better than anything you can find in a restaurant. Your family will love this incredibly delicious meal, making it an instant favorite!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Chicken Breasts



  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat add the oil and sliced onions. Sauté until caramelized 7-10 minutes. Remove and set aside on a plate. Add the chicken breasts and cook on each side for 3-4 minutes or until cooked throughout and no longer pink. Set aside with the onions.
  • Add in the chicken breasts and cook on each side for 3-4 minutes or until cooked throughout and no longer pink. Set aside with the onions.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and add chicken and onions back to the dish. Top with shredded Swiss cheese and provolone. Broil for 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted.



Updated on July 8, 2024
Originally posted on July 16, 2020


Calories: 529kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 60gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 1111mgPotassium: 988mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1128IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 323mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, French
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    I like to cook for my grandkids when they come home from college, and these are quick and easy recipes to make while being wholesome for them, but time is precious and I don’t want to be in the kitchen cooking I want to spend time with them. Some of these we prepared together they’re so good about helping me so thank you for these. I will enjoy trying them out on the boys.

    1. I love that you were able to prepare them together! Thank you so much for trying out the recipes, Mary! ❤️

  2. 5 stars
    This is really good. It’s a go to when I’m craving baked French onion soup and husband wants chicken. The only thing I do different is add about 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce and 2 tablespoons of red wine. This is what really brings out the flavor in a traditional baked French onion soup.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Very delicious! I couldn’t get my hands on swiss or provolone cheese, so substituted with sharp cheddar and mozzarella with great success. I served on a bed of lightly charred broccolini.

  4. 5 stars
    This choice for supper for absolutely delicious. Not only did it taste amazing, but it was easy and fun to make. Even my younger boys gave me a thumbs up! We served it with cauliflower rice for mom and buttered noodles for the house of boys. Today we sliced up the leftovers and put it all into a panini for lunch! Definitely add this to your family dinner menu!