French Onion Chicken Bake

This French Onion Chicken recipe is a keeper! Onions are quickly caramelized on the stove top, before nestling in some chicken, veggies and baked with some optional cheese for an amazing weeknight dinner. It’s gluten-free and only needs about 25 minutes of hands-on cooking. 

French onion chicken in a a skilletFrench Onion Chicken Recipe

We are big fans of French Onion Soup, but we’ve never been big fans of how labor intensive the dish is or how long it takes (which is why we have a recipe for a slow cooker version). But this French Onion Chicken Bake? It’s like the best of both worlds; all that French Onion Soup flavor in a a heartier convenient weeknight dinner format. We also skipped the bread on this one and rely on perfectly cooked juicy chicken breasts to eat up all that caramelized onion flavor. The cheese is optional here, but highly encouraged. To make it a complete meal you can add in either diced potatoes to the bake, or keep it low-carb and use cauliflower florets instead.

Let’s Talk Caramelized Onions

Traditionally, caramelized onions are cooked over a low flame for a long period of time. The water is slowly cooked out of the onions and you are left with a sweet, jam-like consistency. Because we wanted this to be a weeknight dinner that still has all that caramelized onion goodness we’re making “quick” caramelized onions.

To make quick caramelized onions, begin by slicing the onions thin and giving them a 5-minute undisturbed sear at medium-high. The onions will be brown in spots and will start to sweat. You then lower the heat to medium low and cook down for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The onions should be light brown and be fully softened. This is the stage where you want to deglaze the pan with beef broth and dijon mustard and scrape up any of those browned bits from the onions to help give the dish that characteristic dark look. At this point you’ll add in the remaining ingredients and then place the whole dish into the oven to bake for another 20 minutes. The onions will continue to cook and become sweet and jammy. 

French onion chicken skilletFrench Onion Chicken Ingredients

  • Onions
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Beef Stock
  • Baby Potatoes (or Cauliflower)
  • Thyme
  • Butter (replace with oil if dairy-free)
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Garlic
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Mozzarella or Gruyere Cheese (omit for dairy-free)

Added Vegetable Options

To make this a complete meal we added in the option to include either potatoes or to keep it low-carb cauliflower florets. They are mixed together with the onions before being added to the oven to bake. Other vegetables could work too here, so long as they cook in about the 20 minutes it takes for the chicken to cook through.

French onion soup chicken casserole on a plateWhat temperature should chicken be cooked in the oven?

The safe temperature for chicken to be cooked to is 165ºF. However chicken will continue to cook for a few minutes after it has been pulled out of the oven so it’s a safe bet to pull out the chicken a few degrees before it hits that temperature. The surest way to know if a chicken breast is cooked through is to use an instant read thermometer. Insert it into the thickest part of the chicken breast and wait about 3 seconds for it to read the degree. We pull our chicken breasts out at 160º and then let the dish sit, lightly covered with tinfoil for 5-10 minutes so the chicken can rest.

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French Onion Chicken Bake

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:40 Total Time 00:50 Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Heat butter and oil over medium high heat in a large oven safe skillet (12 inches or more, see note). Add onions and cook undisturbed for 5 minutes, until onions start to sweat and have browned in places. Reduce heat to medium low, add salt and and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions have softened. Add garlic and thyme and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add in beef stock and mustard and scrape up any browned bits and continue to cook until the liquid has reduced by about half, about 2 minutes.
  3. Set aside ½ cup of the onion mixture. Add the cauliflower to the skillet and mix together with the onions.
  4. Season the chicken with salt and pepper then nestle the chicken in the skillet. Divide the set aside onions on top of the chicken.
  5. Place in the preheated oven and bake until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes. 
  6. Preheat the broiler. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the chicken and place under the broiler until the cheese is melty, about 1 minute.
  7. Remove thyme sprigs and serve.

Recipe Notes

  1. We kept this low carb by using cauliflower, but if desired you can use halved baby potatoes (about 1”) in place of the cauliflower. Or, if you wanted to make this dish as just the chicken bake, omit the cauliflower all together. 
  2. If you do not have a big enough oven safe skillet, you can bake this in a 9x13” oven safe dish.
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Instant Pot Southwest Chicken Soup

This Southwest Chicken Soup is made easy in the Instant Pot with chicken, beans, corn and tomatoes. It is simple to make and can optionally be prepared ahead of time and stored in the freezer. It’s as easy as placing all the ingredients in a freezer bag and stashing it away until you are in need of a quick weeknight. Simply defrost in the refrigerator overnight and place everything in an Instant Pot to cook at dinnertime! Made in partnership with my friends at Farmer Focus!

A bowl of southwest chicken soup with garnishes on itInstant Pot Southwest Chicken Soup

This Southwest Chicken Soup is pure comfort food in a bowl. Southwest inspired flavors like chicken, tomatoes, corn and lime are mixed together in an easy to make soup. What makes this even more special is that you can prepare batches of this ahead of time and place in the freezer for the next time you need an easy dinner! Don’t care to meal prep this soup? No problem! Just place everything in your Instant Pot pressure cooker fresh and dinner is ready in just about 20 minutes.

Serve this soup with ALL the garnishes like crushed up tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, cilantro, lime wedges or pickled jalapeños.

Instant pot dump chicken dinner

How to Make a Dump Freezer Dinner

So let’s talk a little bit about the concept of a “dump” dinner, because we’ve been loving these types of meals lately and we plan to continue to share more of them in the future.

A dump dinner is recipe that doesn’t really require too many steps in terms of preparation before it is cooked. Typically you just gather the ingredients, with minimal chopping, and dump them into the cooking equipment. Typically this is either a slow cooker, a stock pot or an Instant Pot. A Dump and Start meal refers to a meal that you just gather the ingredients, dump them in your pot and start cooking. A Freezer Dump Dinner is a meal that is gathered ahead of time and frozen in a bag. When you want to cook it, you defrost in the refrigerator overnight and then dump the meal in the cooking vessel when ready to cook!

For this recipe, it will work either way. Gather all off the ingredients for the Southwest Chicken Soup and either prepare one (or more) batches ahead of time and freeze, or gather up all the ingredients and cook immediately in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker.

Dump chicken dinnerWhy We’re All About Good Quality Chicken

I am so happy to partner again with my friends at Farmer Focus to bring you today’s easy Instant Pot chicken recipe! Farmer Focus has been my go-to, trusted chicken for years now, because they pride themselves in producing the highest quality meat grown on family-owned farms. I love being able to grab up a package of Farmer Focus chicken at the grocery store and not having to question whether it is truly coming from meat raised in a humane way.

Farmer Focus is building partnerships with growers through their innovative Farmer Focus Business Model

Farmer Focus is a company that supports their farmer partners and that is working hard to do things right and truly raise and produce the highest quality chicken! Every Farmer Focus product includes a 4-letter farm I.D. that traces your chicken to the farm that raised it. Buying meat from Farmer Focus also gives me peace of mind that I am supporting hard working family farmers.

Farmer Focus chickens are humanely raised and fed a diet free from animal byproducts, pesticides, and antibiotics. On their website you can see where all of the farms are located, so you know just where your chicken was raised! How awesome is that?!

You can also use their easy store locator to find where you can get this amazing quality chicken near you.

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"Dump" Instant Pot Southwest Chicken Soup

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:18 Inactive Time 00:10 Total Time 00:32 Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Optional Garnish

  • Crushed Tortillas
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Avocado 
  • Pickled Jalapeno

Directions

  1. If preparing ahead and placing in the freezer: Gather your ingredients and place everything in a gallon sized freezer bag and seal tightly. Storage flat in the freezer. To defrost, place in the refrigerator the night before.
  2. To cook: Combine all of the ingredients in a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Set the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes with a natural release of at least 10 minutes (see note). Once opened, shred the chicken with two forks.
  3. Garnish as desired with crushed tortillas, shredded cheese, cilantro, avocado or pickled jalapeno and serve!

Recipe Notes

  1. Boneless and Skinless Chicken Thighs will work here too!
  2. You can let the pressure release naturally entirely.

  3. You do not need to freeze this recipe. If you want to make the recipe without freezing, simply place all ingredients directly inside of the Instant Pot and follow cooking instructions.

  4. To make in the slow cooker cook on high 4-6 hours or low 6-8 hours!
  5. To make on the stove top add all ingredients and simmer on low for 40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and can be shredded.
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Grilled Chicken and Vegetables with Tomato Vinaigrette

This Grilled Chicken and Vegetables recipe with Tomato Vinaigrette is loaded with perfectly grilled chicken, tons of grilled veggies (whatever vegetables you wish, really), and a delicious tomato-based vinaigrette dressing. It’s the perfect way to throw together dinner without turning the oven on!

Grilled Chicken and Vegetables with Tomato Vinaigrette

Grilled veggies, perfectly grilled chicken, and my favorite dressing… Dinner is SERVED! The summer is great for so many reasons but one of my favorites is because of the abundance of vegetables available right from the farm. This salad is the best example I know of a summer vegetable bounty. I love how the grilled chicken and veggies are tied together with this savory tomato vinaigrette. This meal is totally customizable based on what vegetables are available to you and is sure to be a new family favorite.

Tips for Grilling Chicken

  1. Marinate your meat! Any meat that has had a change to be infused with flavor will taste better and be juicier (thanks to the addition of salt).
  2. Prep your grill: Make sure your grill is preheated and that the grates are clean! You want to make sure the grill has come up to the proper temperature. Cleaning the grates will ensure your chicken doesn’t stick. Right before you cook you can rub a little oil on your grates as well!
  3. Cook over indirect heat: While you want your grill to be preheated you do not want to cook over direct flame. Cooking over indirect flame will ensure the chicken doesn’t burn before it is cooked through inside.
  4. Cover your grill! Covering your grill will make sure the grill stays hot and that your food cooks quicker.
  5. Use a thermometer! Sure there are plenty of other tricks to figure out if your chicken is properly cooked, but the most fool proof is to use an instant read thermometer. You want it to read 165º in the thickest part of the chicken.

Can I make it without a grill?

Yes! While we love the charred smoky taste of the grill, this dish would still be perfectly acceptable on a grill pan inside of even if you need to, in a regular skillet! Do what works for you, either way a nice marinated juicy piece of chicken will be delicious with all these veggies and tomato vinaigrette.

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Grilled Veggie & Grilled Chicken Salads with Tomato Vinaigrette

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 0:30 Serves 2

Ingredients

    For the chicken

    For the veggies

    For the Tomato Vinaigrette

    Directions

    • Toss chicken in extra virgin olive oil and spices, set aside
    • Cut veggies and toss in oil and salt, set aside
    • Spray the grill and heat to 350 400 degrees
    • Place the chicken breasts on one side
    • On the other side place a layer of greased tin foil and place the veggies on top
    • Cook for about 7-8 minutes then flip over
    • Cook veggies until desired softness, and cook chicken until fully cooked
    • Make the dressing by combining ingredients in your high-speed blender and blending until smooth
    • Taste and adjust spices as needed
    • Serve with veggies warm or hot over a bed of spinach!
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    Chili Garlic Chicken Satay Skewers

    These Chili Garlic Chicken Satay Skewers are packed with flavor and are so simple to prepare! Serve with a delicious almond butter dipping sauce and you’re in heaven! These make a delicious appetizer or light meal and are gluten-free, Whole30 compliant and Paleo friendly.

    chili lime chicken skewers recipeChili Garlic Chicken Satay Skewers Recipe

    I love Summer entertaining and am always looking for a simple, healthy, and flavorful appetizer to make during summer BBQs. These Chili Garlic Chicken Satay Skewers are loaded with flavor and are great for serving a crowd! They take less than 30 minutes to make and will be a party favorite. They’d also make a nice light summer meal when served with a side such as this Herb and Cucumber Salad or some Cauliflower Rice.
     
    To make this dish quickly marinate the chicken with a garlic and lime sauce, then threaded and cook on a hot grill. Serve with the creamy almond butter dipping sauce! Never heard of satay? It’s a popular Indonesian dish of seasoned, skewered meat serve with a dipping sauce. They are jam-packed with flavor and perfect year round because you can cook them on a grill or a grill pan.

    chicken skewers appetizer on a stickIngredients Needed

    • Chicken Breast
    • Coconut Aminos
    • Garlic Chili Paste
    • Sesame Oil
    • Honey
    • Creamy Almond Butter
    • Garlic
    • Fresh ginger

    Why do you need to soak the skewers?

    Soaking the skewers in water before you grill prevents them from burning up! If you’ve ever grilled skewers that haven’t been soaked, you’ll know what I mean. Soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before grilling. Alternatively, if you have metal skewers you could use those here too.

    chicken satay skewers on a plate

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    Chili Garlic & Lime Chicken Satay Skewers

    Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 0:20 Serves 4

    Ingredients

      Marinade Ingredients

      Other Ingredients

      • 1 lb. organic boneless skinless chicken tenders

      Directions

      1. In a small mixing bowl whisk together marinade ingredients and set aside.
      2.  Slice chicken into strips and skewer onto bamboo skewers.
      3. Brush chicken with marinade. Set aside extra marinade to use for later.
      4. Using a greased grill pan or grill, cook chicken skewers over medium-high heat for 8 minutes each side, or until chicken is fully cooked through and no pink remains.
      5. Brush with leftover marinade and serve!
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      Moroccan Chicken Burgers with Special Sauce

      These Moroccan Ground Chicken Burgers are packed with flavor and make for the perfect light chicken burger! You’ll love them paired with this delicious simple sauce.

      Moroccan Ground Chicken BurgerMoroccan Ground Chicken Burgers Recipe

      These healthy ground chicken burgers are my all-time favorite. They are light, flavorful, and perfect for a weeknight or weekend dinner. They are made with ground chicken and made special with added carrots and Moroccan flavors. And don’t forget to dress them up with all your favorite fixin’s and add that special sauce!

      I love food that is Moroccan flavored, no surprise given previously published recipes such as Moroccan Chermoula Carrots, One Pan Moroccan Fish and Moroccan Eggplant. And I can’t deny my love for Moroccan food didn’t fuel my desire to travel to Morocco two years ago!

      Ingredient Needed:

      • Ground chicken
      • Onion
      • Garlic
      • Sriracha
      • Cumin
      • Salt and Pepper
      • Cinnamon
      • Ginger
      • Carrots
      • Lemon
      • Cayenne pepper

      Easy chicken burger with Moroccan spices

      Tips for Making Chicken Hamburgers

      Making burgers from ground chicken can be a sticky situation! Mix up the ingredients with a silicone / rubber spatula to avoid getting your hands covered. Then when you are ready to form the patties make sure you have a bowl of fresh cold water near you. Having wet hands makes it easier to work with the chicken mixture!

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      Moroccan Chicken Burger

      Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 0:30 Serves 5

      Ingredients

      • Moroccan Chicken Burgers
      • 1 pound ground chicken
      • 1/2 onion grated
      • 1 garlic clove, minced
      • 1 teaspoon sriracha
      • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
      • Pinch cinnamon
      • 1-inch chunk ginger, grated (about 1 teaspoon)
      • 1/2 cup grated carrot (About 1 carrot, grated)
      • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
      • Optional: pinch cayenne pepper

      Sauce

      • 1/4 cup mayo (homemade or store-bought made with avocado or olive oil)
      • 1 teaspoon lemon juice, more to taste
      • 1/2 teaspoon dill
      • 1 to 2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint

      Garnishes

      Directions

    • In a large bowl combine ground chicken with all remaining ingredients and mix well to combine. Form into 4 patties. If the chicken mixture is sticky, wet your hands before forming each patty.
    • Grease grill and heat to medium heat. Place burgers onto the grill and cook for 6 to 7 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked through.
    • While grilling whisk together sauce ingredients.
    • Assemble burgers and serve immediately.
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      Bruschetta Chicken

      With summer in full swing, this simple Grilled Bruschetta Chicken recipe is calling your name! Perfectly marinated chicken is grilled up, sliced and topped with a fresh and bright tomato and basil bruschetta. A delicious dinner that’s gluten-free, low-carb and paleo and whole30 friendly.

      easy bruschetta with grilled chicken

      Easy Bruschetta Chicken Recipe

      This Bruschetta Chicken is perfect anytime of the year now that you can find ripe greenhouse tomatoes year round. However this is especially on point during grilling season when farm, fresh tomatoes are everywhere. It’s the perfect semi no cook meal when the weather begs for you to cook and eat outside. The chicken is marinated to perfection, grilled, and topped with a delicious fresh tomato bruschetta. It’s perfect on it’s own, but if you want you can serve it with a light salad or with pasta! This dish is already gluten-free and low-carb but leave out the cheese for a Whole30 compliant or paleo meal.

      What is Bruschetta?

      Bruschetta (pronounced bru-sketta in case you ever find yourself in Italy and want to do as the Italians do) is an Italian appetizer of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and olive oil, and sometimes topped with other things like tomatoes. In American culture bruschetta usually means bread topped with diced tomatoes and basil, and sometimes cheese. Our recipe takes the idea of the grilled bread, and uses grilled chicken instead for a heartier more nutrient dense version, making it appropriate as a meal (and dang delicious!)

      bowl of bruschetta

      Easy Bruschetta Chicken Ingredients

      • Boneless + skinless chicken breasts
      • Olive oil
      • Balsamic Vinegar
      • Fresh Tomatoes
      • Red Onion
      • Garlic
      • Basil
      • Fresh mozzarella

      How to Serve Bruschetta Chicken

      This recipe is intended to be a stand alone dish! But it wouldn’t be out of place to serve it with some pasta (spaghetti or linguine might be nice), spaghetti squash or cauliflower rice. It also could be great on a bed of tender greens like spinach or arugula!

      Can I make it without a grill?

      Yes! While we love the charred smoky taste of the grill, this dish would still be perfectly acceptable on a grill pan inside of even if you need to, in a regular skillet! Do what works for you, either way a nice marinated juicy piece of chicken will be delicious topped with this tomato salad.

      easy bruschetta chicken dinner

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      Bruschetta Chicken
      Serves 4
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      Prep Time
      15 min
      Cook Time
      20 min
      Prep Time
      15 min
      Cook Time
      20 min
      For the Chicken
      1. 1 pound boneless chicken breasts
      2. 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
      3. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
      4. 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
      5. 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
      Bruschetta
      1. 4 tomatoes
      2. 1/2 red onion, finely diced
      3. 1 garlic clove, minced fine
      4. 1 to 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
      5. 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
      6. Salt, to taste
      7. Black pepper, to taste
      8. 1/2 cup (packed) fresh basil, chopped
      9. Optional: 1/2 to 1 cup fresh chopped mozzarella
      10. Additional basil, for garnish
      Instructions
      1. Season chicken with salt and pepper then place chicken, balsamic, and oil into a resealable ziplock bag or glass marinating dish. Let marinade for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
      2. When ready to grill, grease grill and heat to medium heat.
      3. Add chicken and let cook for 7 minutes on each side or until fully cooked through.
      4. While grilling, combine all bruschetta ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine.
      5. Top chicken with bruschetta and serve immediately.
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