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Daryl Ehrman

International Nutritionist

Comfort on a Budget |Tasty French Onion Chicken Soup Recipe

Take notice of this flavorful yet affordable French Onion Chicken Soup recipe that proves you can enjoy exceptional comfort without splurging. This dish boasts simplicity with a handful of pantry ingredients while offering ultimate satisfaction.


1 kg onions, sliced

0.5 kg boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Olive oil

1 tsp thyme

2 Bay leaves

1 beef bouillon cube

Salt and Pepper

Emmental and provolone (or cheese of choice) for shredding


  1. Preheat the oven to 205°C/400°F. Peel and slice 1 kg of onions. I used a mixture of white and sweet yellow onions.
  2. Searing the Chicken: Season chicken unsparingly with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sear chicken thighs until golden brown on both sides (they need not be fully cooked at this stage). Set aside.
  3. Caramelizing Onions: Add sliced onions to the pan with the silky chicken drippings and brown bits,  with a pinch of salt. Slowly cook onions until they caramelize, achieving a rich nutty brown color and a sticky fond at the pan’s bottom (approximately 30 minutes).
  4. Soup Assembly: Return the seared chicken thighs (along with any accumulated juices) to the pan. Cover with water, add thyme, bay leaves, beef bouillon, and season with salt and pepper. Allow the chicken to poach in the soup for 15-20 minutes.
  5.  Baking: Shred cheese while the soup cooks. Transfer the mixture to an oven-safe dish and bake for 20 minutes. For extra browning, broil for the final 5-10 minutes.
  6.  Serving: Allow the soup to cool slightly before serving.

Recipe Notes/Tips:

Enhance the soup’s flavor with a splash of white wine.

Substitute boneless skinless chicken breasts if preferred.

Experiment with various melting cheeses like white cheddar or gouda for a flavor twist.

Pairs well with toast or garlic toast and a fresh green salad for a well-rounded meal.

Enjoy the fantastic leftovers for another satisfying meal.