Crockpot French onion chicken is a complete meal that tastes just like your favorite French onion soup! Tender chicken breasts smothered in caramelized onions, melted Swiss cheese, crispy fried onions, slow cooked in French onion flavors, making a rich gravy. It’s comfort food heaven, especially when served over egg noodles or mashed potatoes!
Slow Cooker French Onion Chicken
I’ve got plenty of recipes that turn classic main dishes into a soup like easy cabbage roll soup, slow cooker green chile chicken enchilada, and chicken tortilla soup, but this one turns a soup into a main meal!
Crockpot French onion chicken is a high protein, low carb dinner idea made with just 7 ingredients; one of them is parsley as an optional garnish!
This family favorite is so good. The sweet caramelized onions are so flavorful, paired with the melty cheese ensures that the entire family should be pleased.
Serve over noodles, mashed potatoes, or white rice and you’ve got an easy slow cooker dinner idea for the win!
Why you’ll love Crockpot French Onion Chicken recipe
Total comfort food – The smell of caramelized onions is the stuff dreams are made of. On top of that, you’ve got melted Swiss cheese and a rich gravy.
It’s a twist on a classic soup recipe – Juicy tender chicken breast smothered in caramelized onions, French onion gravy and melted cheese makes for one of my family’s favorite recipes.
Easy to make – It delivers so much flavor for something so easy and it’s just one more dump-and-set recipe to add to the weekly rotation.
Equipment you’ll need
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe, why you need them, and possible substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with measurements.
- Chicken Breast: Trim any excess fat from the chicken breasts. You can use chicken thighs in place of the breasts.
- Sliced Onion: The signature ingredient in French onion recipes, is the onions! Thinly sliced onions get soft and then caramelized and sweet. Use a mandolin, if you have one, to slice your onions in even thin slices.
- Onion Soup Mix: This dry mix acts as a seasoning (Lipton is the popular brand). When mixed with the condensed soup and the juices from the chicken it generates a flavorful gravy. You can also make homemade onion soup mix to control the ingredients.
- Condensed French Onion Soup: This has a beef stock base that has been seasoned.
- Fried Onions: For a crispy crunchy element.
- Swiss Cheese: Another signature ingredient, gooey cheese! Instead of Gruyere I’m using sliced Swiss cheese to make life easier, but if you have Gruyere or even provolone, go ahead and use it.
- Parsley: An optional garnish.
How to make Crockpot French Onion Chicken
This section shows you how to make this recipe, with process photos showing the steps to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Step One: Add the raw chicken breasts to the bottom of the slow cooker in a single layer then top with the sliced onions.
- Step Two: Sprinkle in the dry soup mix and pour in the French onion soup. Gently stir to combine (don’t worry if it’s a blob, the heat will help it disperse even more).
- Step Three: Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 4-6 hours. If you can spare the extra time, I’d suggest cooking it on low.
- Step Four: 30 minutes before the end of the cooking time, sprinkle in the fried onions and add slices of Swiss cheese to the top of the chicken, one slice per breast. Replace the cover and allow it to melt.
Serve with a sprinkling of fresh parsley over noodles, mashed potatoes, or rice!
What to serve with Crockpot French Onion Chicken
This hearty and satisfying meal just needs a simple light side dish, especially if you’re not interested in keeping it low carb and going to be serving it with garlic mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice.
A simple veggie side dish could be oven roasted carrots, oven roasted garlic green beans or roasted zucchini.
Depending on what’s in season, use what you’ve got!
Tips & Suggestions 🧅
- Once the chicken is cooked, you can serve it whole or shred it first.
- Some people find shredding the chicken after allows it to absorb too much of the surrounding flavors, making it a little salty. You can test a little area first to see if you agree.
- Don’t be afraid of adding too many onion slices. It takes a lot of onion to make a small portion of caramelized onion.
- If you’re not a fan of Swiss cheese, Gruyere, or provolone, use fresh slices of Mozzarella cheese. Try and avoid using any prepackaged shredded cheese.
- Looking for a way to use up leftover french onion soup? This recipe is it! Use it in place of the condensed soup.
- For a golden brown finish, transfer the chicken to a baking dish and place it under the broiler for a couple of minutes.
How to reheat and store Crockpot French Onion Chicken
How to store leftovers
Keep everything sealed in an airtight container.
How long will it last in the fridge?
Enjoy leftovers for up to 5 days, when kept refrigerated.
Can I freeze French onion chicken?
You can! Transfer it to a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag and keep frozen for up to 1 month. Add all the gravy and juices to the container as well. Thaw in the fridge overnight.
How to reheat slow cooker French onion chicken
You can reheat leftovers in a skillet on the stovetop, in the microwave, or in the oven. You may need to add a splash of water or broth to loosen up the gravy as it heats up.
Do I need to season the chicken first?
Not at all. There is plenty of salt in this recipe, even if you do choose low-sodium options. The onion soup mix and the condensed soup are seasoned well enough.
Can I make this recipe in the oven?
Yes, you can. Add the chicken and the rest of the ingredients to a casserole dish. Bake in a preheated 400F degree oven for 30 minutes until the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165F and the cheese has melted. You can add the crispy onions afterward.
What kind of onions is best for French onion chicken?
Traditionally, for classic French onion soup, yellow onions are used. They caramelize well and provide delicious sweet onion flavor.
However, use what you’ve got on hand. White onions, Vidalia onions, red onions, you name it.
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Nathalie Adam says
Hi, thanks for this recipe will certainly try this one in winter. If I do not have the condensed onion soup what else can I use please. Thanks for your help .
Melissa Williams says
Minced onion in broth (beef or chicken or even veggie) would be a good substitute.