Caramelized Onion and Garlic Chicken

  • 50 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
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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. But 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.

What You'll Need

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

How 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.
  1. 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.
  2. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.


If onion and garlic chicken is the main dish for a casual dinner party, keep the menu laid-back with roasted or grilled seasonal vegetables and a rice dish. Some good pairings for chicken include spinach-Parmesan rice bake, risotto or wild rice pilaf. For a nice riff on the onion and garlic chicken, pair with basmati with sauteed onions and mushrooms, mushroom, and garlic rice pilaf or rice doctored up with French onion soup mix and garlic. Whichever side you choose, include artisan or French bread.

If your party includes beer aficionados, don't make them sip wine instead. A hoppy and bitter type like an American pale or brown ale harmonizes nicely with this chicken dish. For wine drinkers, the conventional wisdom is to go with a dry white like Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, Sauvignon blanc, white burgundy or Viognier. But for a dish like caramelized onion and garlic chicken, be adventuresome and try a medium-red, like Cotes du Rhone, pinot noir, Beaujolais or gamay. A delicious non-alcoholic choice is cider, especially for a fall feast.

For a weeknight dinner or with leftovers, keep things simple with your favorite rice and a vegetable like green beans, lima beans or broccoli.

Add some crusty French bread to round out a satisfying and easy meal.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 1388
Total Fat 77 g
Saturated Fat 20 g
Unsaturated Fat 33 g
Cholesterol 418 mg
Sodium 484 mg
Carbohydrates 33 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 134 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)