Skillet Chicken in Balsamic Caramelized Onion Cream Sauce

by 247tasty

Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 30 mins | Total time: 40 mins | Yield: 4 SERVINGS

Enjoy a restaurant-quality meal at home with this easy skillet chicken smothered in a mouthwatering balsamic caramelized onion cream sauce. Crazy good you’ll never think that this takes only simple ingredients to make!


1 tbsp olive oil

4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or thighs)

4 tbsp butter

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 c. finely chopped onions

1 tsp fresh thyme

2 tsp sugar

pinch of red pepper flakes

1 c. EACH: chicken broth AND heavy cream

4 tsp balsamic vinegar

salt and pepper

How to make Skillet Chicken in Balsamic Caramelized Onion Cream Sauce

Step 1: Season the chicken breast with salt, pepper, and garlic powder on all sides. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken to the skillet and cook for about 6 to 12 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. The cooking time varies depending on the size of the chicken. The chicken is done when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. To a plate, transfer the chicken when done.

Step 2: To the same skillet, add butter and onions. Stir the onions and cook for about 12 to 15 minutes over medium-low heat until the onions are softened and deepen in color, stirring often. Next, add the thyme along with the red pepper flakes, sugar, and balsamic vinegar. Allow the vinegar to cook for a few minutes.

Step 3: To make the sauce, gradually pour in the chicken broth while stirring with a whisk. Adjust the heat to high and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes until the sauce has reduced and slightly thickened. Then, decrease the heat and add the cream. Return the chicken breasts to the skillet once the sauce begins to simmer and spoon the sauce over. To thin out the sauce, add more broth until you reached your desired consistency.

Step 4: Serve the chicken in balsamic caramelized onion cream sauce right away. Enjoy!

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