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Caramelized Onion Herbed Chicken

Caramelized Onion and Herbed Chicken

Are you ready for a chicken breast recipe that will knock your socks off?

Tender and juicy chicken seasoned delicately with Herbs de Provence, caramelized onions and a lovely wine sauce.

Caramelized Onion and Herbed Chicken

If you are anything like my family, we try to eat healthy and that means we eat our share of chicken and boredom has set in. Today, I decided to change things up a bit and visit the spice rack for a bit of inspiration.

Caramelized Onion and Herbed Chicken

Rosemary, Thyme, oregano, basil, marjoram, fennel sound like a lovely way to season my chicken breasts. Herbs de Provence is a wonderful mix of herbs from France that has these ingredients in it, including savory.

Caramelized Onion and Herbed Chicken

A couple of years ago my husband and I visited the South of France. We took a day to visit Île Sainte-Marguerite which is about a half hour ferry ride from Cannes.

Caramelized Onion and Herbed Chicken

The first thing I noticed when I stepped off the ferry was the lovely smell of fresh rosemary growing wild in the forest.

Caramelized Onion and Herbed Chicken

You can't even imagine how romantic it is to go for a walk amongst the tall pine trees holding your husband's hand taking in the stunning ocean views as the perfumes from the rosemary tantalise your senses. Blissful...

Isle Saint Marguarite

As I daydreamed about our day on Île Sainte-Marguerite, I put a little dollop of butter in the pan and added my sliced onions. As the sweet perfume of caramelized onions filled my kitchen, I wondered if Julia Childs would be proud. I had a good start with butter in the pan. As Julia has said, "If your afraid of butter, use cream." Julia was so much fun. How many of you miss watching Julia Childs?

I then sprinkled herbs and seasonings over my chicken and grilled them on both sides just give them some great grill marks. I added a splash of  wine that I was drinking into the grill pan to loosen all the yummy bits.

Caramelized Onion and Herbed Chicken

I placed my grilled chicken into an oven proof pan and drizzled the wine mixture over the chicken and covered my chicken with the grilled onions and baked until tender and juicy. It was just as easy as that and in less than 30 minutes I had this delicious meal on the table.

I paired this meal with a lovely 2012 Margaret River Chardonnay from Ashbrook vineyards.

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Caramelized Onion Herbed Chicken

By HWC Magazine  , , , , , ,

January 26, 2014

Tender and juicy chicken seasoned delicately with Herbs de Provence, caramelized onions and a lovely wine sauce.

  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 4 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager

Ingredients

chicken breasts - 4 boneless and skinless halves or 2 whole breasts (Can also use chicken thighs or drumsticks)

olive oil - 1 tablespoon

herbs de Provence - 1 teaspoon

salt and pepper - to taste

butter - 1 tablespoon

onions - 2 small chopped

garlic - 2 cloves minced

white wine - 1/2 cup (red or white or whatever you happen to be drinking)

chicken broth - 1/2 cup

Directions

1Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees C or 375 degrees F.

2Wash, pat dry and season your chicken. Rub olive oil, herbs de Provence and salt and pepper on both sides of the chicken breasts. In a grill pan sear the chicken on each side until you have nice grill marks. (Do not wash your pan as you will need this later on for the delicious sauce)

3In a small sauce pan, melt your butter and add the onions on medium-low heat cook until deliciously caramelized or about 7-10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

4Remove the chicken from the grill pan and place in a greased oven dish. Turn back on the burner under grill pan and add the wine and chicken broth to loosen the delicious bits off the bottom of the pan. Season with salt and pepper.

5Pour the wine sauce over the chicken. Place a large dollop of caramelized onions on top of each chicken breast. Bake the chicken for about 15-20 minutes or until the juices run clear. (internal temperature 160 degrees F)

6Serve and enjoy with lots of fresh green vegetables for a great low carb meal.

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