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Scott’s Skillet French Onion Chicken

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Scott’s Skillet French Onion Chicken

Love French Onion Soup? Love chicken sautéed and cooked in a delicious sauce? This recipe combines the best of both of these and creates a delicious entrée that will satisfy any guest. You will be happy you made this! Enjoy!

4 (6-8 oz.) chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 medium onions, cut in rings
1½-2 cups beef stock
¼ cup white wine
2 beef bouillon cubes OR 2 tbsp. “Better Than Bouillon” Beef Base (optional but highly recommended)
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground black pepper
3 tbsp. thyme
1 cup shredded Gruyere Cheese * (See * below for substitution option)
Flat-leaf parsley and green onions for garnish, finely chopped


Heat a cast-iron skillet or heavy bottom metal skillet. Season chicken on both sides with salt, pepper and thyme.

Add olive oil and 1 tbsp. butter to heated skillet. Add chicken breasts and cook for 3-4 min. on each side. Remove chicken and set aside. Cover with foil and keep warm.

Add onions to skillet and cook on medium heat for about 15 min. unless onions are translucent and cooked thoroughly. I cook them until they have brown edges on them. Add flour to cooked onions and stir until mixed and flour is incorporated. [I normally cook the flour taste out and that is usually for about 2-3 min.]

Add beef stock and beef bouillon cubes (or Better Than Bouillon) and the remaining tbsp. of butter. Stir until well combined. Add chicken back into the skillet and continue cooking for 15-20 min. I recommend flipping the chicken to the other side and baste the chicken with the juices during this time. It helps keep it moist. The final cooking temperature for chicken should register 165°F. Top each chicken breast with Gruyere Cheese. Cover and simmer on low to medium-low heat for 2-3 min., depending on your stove and the temperature.

Turn off heat and garnish with parsley and green onion. Keep covered and warm. Serve immediately. Rice or mashed potatoes go great with this dish.

* Swiss Cheese can be substituted for Gruyere. Gruyere is truer to the original recipe.

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Scott Evans is a native Houstonian and the Publisher of The Social Book. His career has included success as a musician, management consultant, public relations firm owner, and technology consultant─all of which have injected him actively into the social scene for many years. Drawing on his musical background, in 1992 Scott co-produced a double CD called "Voices for Life" benefiting AIDS charities featuring Houston artists and highlighted by a music video of 200+ local celebrities singing Scott's original composition "Shades of Gray." Scott has hosted numerous events over his career and believes his best quality is his ability to make people feel a part of something special. (Photo: D. Jones Photography)
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