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Chicken with Caramelized Onions

Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast half and 1/3 cup onion mixture)
Although quick and easy to prepare, this dish is elegant enough for company.


  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 6 cups thinly sliced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup low-salt chicken broth, divided
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 6 (4-ounce) skinned, boned chicken breast halves

Nutrition Information

  • calories 216
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 7.1 g
  • satfat 1.9 g
  • monofat 2.6 g
  • polyfat 1.5 g
  • protein 26.8 g
  • carbohydrate 10.4 g
  • fiber 2.2 g
  • cholesterol 71 mg
  • iron 1.4 mg
  • sodium 266 mg
  • calcium 38 mg

How to Make It

  1. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray, and place over medium heat until hot. Add onion; cover and cook 10 minutes or until deep golden, stirring frequently.

  2. Combine salt, thyme, red pepper, and black pepper, and stir well. Sprinkle half of spice mixture over onions. Add 1/4 cup of chicken broth to the onion mixture, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add 2 tablespoons broth, and cook until liquid evaporates, scraping bottom of skillet with a wooden spoon to loosen the browned bits.

  3. Repeat procedure with remaining 2 tablespoons broth. Add vinegar, and cook an additional 2 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates. Remove onion mixture from pan; set aside, and keep warm.

  4. Rub chicken with remaining spice mixture. Recoat skillet with cooking spray, and place over medium-high heat until hot. Add the chicken, and cook for 5 minutes on each side or until done.

  5. Serve the caramelized onion mixture over chicken.