Baked Chicken With Sweet Onions

Baked Chicken
Diana Rattray
Ratings (7)
  • Total: 100 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 80 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
786 Calories
46g Fat
12g Carbs
76g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 786
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 46g 59%
Saturated Fat 12g 59%
Cholesterol 237mg 79%
Sodium 984mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 76g
Calcium 75mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This baked chicken is not only easy to prepare and cook; it's also easy on the budget. I like chicken thighs or whole legs in the dish, but it is excellent with split chicken breasts as well. The simple seasonings don't hide the great flavor of the chicken, and the sweet onions are complementary.

This easy baked chicken is dredged in flour seasoned with a little salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. The chicken is browned then baked with sweet onions to crispy perfection. Use sweet Vidalia onions if they're in season.

It's a very easy dish to fix with chicken parts. Use two quartered chickens or about 4 to 5 pounds of thighs, legs, or bone-in chicken breasts. 

Ingredients

  • 2 frying chickens (about 4 to 5 pounds), quartered, bone-in
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 medium sweet onions, sliced

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F. Grease a large, shallow baking pan or roasting pan.

  2. In a bowl, food storage bag, or pie plate, combine the flour, salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.

  3. Toss chicken pieces with the seasoned flour until thoroughly coated.

  4. Place a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat; add the olive oil. Working in batches, add chicken pieces to the hot oil. Cook for about 5 minutes total, turning to brown the chicken pieces on all sides.

  5. Arrange the browned chicken pieces in the prepared baking pan.

  6. Add the onions to the skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, just until softened and coated with oil.

  7. Arrange the sweet onion slices around the chicken.

  8. Bake the chicken for about 45 minutes, or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.*

Serves 6 to 8.

*Chicken must be cooked to at least 165 F (73.9 C). Check the temperature with an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat, not touching bone or gristle.

Expert Tips

  • Oven Braised Chicken With Sweet Onions: Toss the chicken with the seasoned flour and place in the baking pan. Scatter the onions over the chicken and add 2 to 3 cups of unsalted or low sodium chicken broth to the pan. Drizzle with 4 to 6 tablespoons of melted butter or olive oil. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes to 1 hour, or until the chicken is tender and tests fully cooked.

  • Add sprigs of fresh herbs to the chicken in the baking pan. Scatter a few sprigs of rosemary or thyme around the chicken and onions. 

  • Add some carrot sticks or baby carrots to the skillet along with the sliced sweet onions. Roast the carrots and onions together along with the chicken pieces.

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