Chicken With French Fried Onions

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Chicken with french fried onions has been around for years and is one of the most common dishes cooked by home cooks throughout the United States. 

French fried onions are a great addition to many recipes. But if you need something quick and tasty, French fried onions make a great addition on top of chicken for an easy but delicious dinner.

Crunchy French Onion Chicken

Awesome crunchy baked chicken that goes good with any side dish. Quick and easy, too!

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Recipe Summary

Prep:

10 mins

Cook:

20 mins

Total:

30 mins

Servings:

4

Yield:

4 pieces of chicken

Ingredients

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  • 1 ⅓ cups French-fried onions, crushed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Directions

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  • Step 1Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Step 2Spread crushed onions in a shallow bowl. Pour beaten egg into a separate shallow bowl.
  • Step 3Dip chicken into beaten egg, then press into crushed onions. Gently tap chicken to let loose pieces fall away. Put breaded chicken to a baking sheet.
  • Step 4Bake chicken until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

FRENCH FRIED ONION CHICKEN

Oven-fried chicken breasts are coated in a crispy onion breading and baked until golden brown! Perfect on busy weeknights, this French Fried Onion Chicken is ready in just 30 minutes. Serve it with honey mustard for dipping, plus a side of rice and broccoli for an easy dinner that the whole family will love!

Close up image of a large chicken breast cutlet with french fried onions on a blue and white plate

FRENCH’S FRIED ONION CHICKEN RECIPE

This particular dish is very similar to the old-fashioned French’s Fried Onion Chicken recipe — with a few tweaks and tips to make the meat even crispier and more flavorful! It’s a perfect family-friendly, easy dinner when you’re ready for classic comfort food and minimal effort.

WHAT ARE FRENCH FRIED ONIONS MADE OF?

This recipe uses French’s Crispy Fried Onions as a breading for oven-fried chicken breast cutlets. If you’re not familiar with the little gems, they’re made with real onions that are coated and seasoned with salt, wheat flour and dextrose, then fried in palm oil. That’s it! No other ingredients, artificial flavors, or GMOs. In addition to the crispy chicken coating, we keep a can of the fried onions in our pantry and use them as toppings on dishes like my favorite Green Bean Casserole or a Smoked Sausage Pasta Bake. They’re also delicious on salads (in lieu of croutons), on bowls of chili, or on hamburgers.

Can of French's crispy fried onions

THE CHICKEN

I find that chicken cutlets (or thinly-sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts) work well for this recipe. The thin chicken cutlets cook quickly in the oven, which means that the coating doesn’t burn or get too dark.​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Chicken cutlets are really just thin pieces of boneless chicken that have been cut from a thick breast or pounded flat. I typically purchase thinly-sliced chicken breasts or “chicken cutlets” at the grocery store to save some time on the prep work. If you prefer, you can make your own chicken cutlets by slicing two larger boneless, skinless chicken breasts in half lengthwise. Pound the halved chicken breasts with a meat mallet or rolling pin to an even thickness and use in the recipe as instructed.

Overhead image of french fried onion chicken on a wooden table with lemon and parsley

HOW TO MAKE FRENCH FRIED ONION CHICKEN

Baked instead of fried, the chicken breasts coated with French fried onions are crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, and so incredibly flavorful. Best of all, you only need 6 ingredients and about 10 minutes of prep to get this meal on the table!​​​​​​​

INGREDIENTS FOR BAKED CHICKEN WITH FRENCH FRIED ONIONS

  • Chicken cutlets
  • Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • French’s crispy fried onions
  • All-purpose flour
  • Garlic powder
  • Eggs

STEP 1: SEASON CHICKEN

Pat the chicken dry and then sprinkle both sides with seasoned salt. ​​​​​​​

Chicken cutlets on a platter

STEP 2: PREPARE FRIED ONION COATING

Place crushed fried onions, flour and garlic powder in a shallow dish. The eggs go in a separate shallow dish.

Egg and breading for oven fried chicken

STEP 3: BREAD CHICKEN

Dip the chicken in the egg and then coat with the onion mixture. Place on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet.

Chicken breasts coated with french fried onions before baking

STEP 4: BAKE

Bake the chicken in a 350 degree F oven for 20-25 minutes.

Overhead shot of a tray of oven fried chicken breasts with french fried onions

Fried Corn or corn on the cob

Square shot of a plate of french fried onion chicken

STORAGE​​​​​​​

This chicken is best when served warm, straight from the oven. If you have leftovers, package them in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. The coating will become slightly soggy as it sits.

HOW TO REHEAT

Place chicken pieces on a wire rack on a baking sheet and place in the oven at 300 degrees just until heated through (about 10 minutes).

HOW TO FREEZE THE CHICKEN BEFORE BAKING

After the chicken is coated in the fried onion mixture, arrange the raw chicken on a parchment-covered baking sheet and place in the freezer for 2-3 hours or until frozen solid. Then transfer the frozen chicken pieces to a freezer safe Ziploc bag and freeze for up to 2 months. When ready to enjoy, you can bake the cutlets directly from the freezer — just increase the baking time until cooked through (about 40 minutes). You will likely need to tent the chicken with foil during the second half of baking to prevent the coating from burning.

RECIPE VARIATIONS

  • Seasoned salt is a combination of salt, sugar and other spices like paprika, onion and garlic. If you don’t have any seasoned salt in your pantry, you can make your own seasoning blend, use my all-purpose seasoning blend, or just season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Instead of the French’s original crispy fried onions, try a different flavor variety like caramelized crispy fried onions or crispy jalapenos (which are very spicy).
  • Chicken Nuggets: Yes, you can make French’s French Onion Chicken into nuggets! Cut chicken tenderloins or breasts into 2-inch pieces and bread with the egg and fried onions as directed in the recipe. Bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes.
  • French Fried Onion Chicken Tenders: Use chicken tenderloins instead of cutlets. The oven-fried chicken tenders will bake in approximately the same amount of time.
  • Chicken Thighs: If using a thicker cut of meat (like chicken thighs), you will need to increase the baking time. I recommend tenting the chicken loosely with foil about halfway through baking to prevent the coating from burning.
  • Without Egg: Instead of dipping the chicken in eggs, you can brush mayonnaise onto the meat before dredging in the onion coating.

TIPS FOR THE BEST FRENCHS FRIED ONION CHICKEN

  • Shake off any extra egg before dredging the chicken in the coating. This will prevent a soggy coating.
  • Place the chicken on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet. This will prevent the bottom of the chicken from getting soggy in the oven. I like to line the baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup!
  • Cooking times will vary depending on your oven, on the size and thickness of your meat, and on the temperature of the chicken when it goes into the oven. Use a meat thermometer to know when your chicken is cooked through — it should register an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. The inside will no longer be pink and the juices will run clear.
  • Offer a side of honey mustard for dipping with the sweet onion chicken.
  • Double the recipe to feed a larger family, or cut all of the ingredients in half to serve just two!

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