Caramelized Onion and Garlic Chicken

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  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

This caramelized onion and garlic chicken recipe is a good choice for a dinner party in the fall or winter when comfort food is so appealing. It's so easy to make that it is also a doable choice for a weeknight.

Caramelized onions make a terrific addition to a wide variety of dishes. The browning eliminates the sour flavor, replacing it with both a savory and sweet touch. In addition, the onion and garlic mixture keeps the chicken moist and tender.


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large onions (sliced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 4 split chicken breasts (bone-in)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat.

  2. Add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 10 minutes, or until soft. Stir in sugar and vinegar and cook for 6 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. Preheat the oven to 425 F.

  4. Oil a baking dish with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and place the chicken, bone side down, in the dish and season with salt and pepper.

  5. Spread the onion and garlic mixture over the top of the chicken.

  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 170 F. Check the temperature in the thickest part of the chicken pieces. Cover loosely with foil if the onions are getting too dark toward the end of the cooking time.

  7. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.