Crockpot French Onion Chicken

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Juicy, tender chicken slow cooked in a cheesy creamy sauce, this Crockpot French Onion Chicken is a dream come true. This comfort food favorite comes together in minutes, just toss it in the pot and wait for food magic.
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Wooden ladle in French onion chicken.

If you’re a French onion soup lover this crockpot french onion chicken is an absolutely must try TODAY! With it’s traditional French onion flavor this crock pot French onion chicken is creamy, flavorful and full of cheesy goodness. Ridiculously easy to make, toss a few simple ingredents into the crockpot and let it work its magic. 

The crockpot is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets because it gives the dishes time to develop tons of flavor. I use it for my beef, potato and lentil stew, bbq pulled chicken and creamy southwest chicken. It may take some extra cook time, but totally worth it!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • You can set it and forget it! This recipe is ready in 4-6 hours in the crockpot. 
  • With a few tweaks can be made into a Crockpot French Onion Chicken soup.
  • Creamy and dreamy comfort food favorite everyone will love.
  • High in protein at 31g per serving.
  • Top with bread and cheese for a French onion soup flair.

What is crockpot French onion chicken?

French onion chicken takes everything you love about French onion soup and puts it in chicken form. This shredded chicken recipe will shock you with its robust flavor from just a few simple ingredients. Seasoned chicken, onions, French onion condensed soup, beef broth, cheese, a few simple spices, and a couple of spoonfuls of Greek yogurt are all tossed into the crock pot for 4-6 hours to create a creamy chicken that you can do so much with. Toss it over noodles, rice, mashed potatoes or as a stand alone with a side of veggies and crusty bread.

Cockpot of French onion chicken.

Alternate cooking option

For a crockpot French onion chicken that keeps the chicken breasts whole, as opposed to shredded, simply remove the cooked chicken from the crock pot before you add the Greek yogurt. Once chicken is removed, mix the yogurt with the ingredients in the crockpot until everything is melted. Then, add the chicken back to the crockpot with the melted sauce. Serve the whole pieces of chicken, with the cheesy onion sauce, along side crusty bread and a side of veggies for a complete meal.

Ingredients and Substitutes:

These are the main ingredients and substitutions. See recipe card below for full ingredients list and instructions for crockpot French onion chicken. 

Chicken Breast: you can substitute chicken thighs for chicken breast. They will add a ton of delicious fat and flavor. 

Sweet Onions: highly recommend this variation of onion for the most authentic French onion flavor. 

Condensed French onion soup: any preferred brand works here.

Beef Broth: I like using low sodium. You could use chicken or vegetable broth here as well but I prefer beef for this recipe.  

Worcestershire sauce: adds a ton of flavor. You can substitute with coconut aminos as well. 

Cheese: Gruyere for a more traditional French onion soup flavor or Swiss if preferred. 

Seasoning: salt, pepper, and garlic powder. 

Greek Yogurt: Fage non-fat plain Greek yogurt is my go to. You can use any kind of plain Greek yogurt. 

Herbs: fresh thyme sprigs or parsley for garnish. 

Wooden ladle in a crockpot of French onion chicken.

How to make this crockpot French onion chicken

Step 1

Start by seasoning the chicken breasts on both sides with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place the sliced onions at the bottom of the slow cooker.

Step 2

Arrange the seasoned chicken breasts on top of the onions.

Step 3

In a medium bowl, combine the condensed French onion soup, beef broth, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour this mixture over the chicken in the slow cooker.

Step 5

Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours, until the chicken is fully cooked and the onions are tender.

Step 6

About 15 minutes before you’re ready to serve, shred the chicken by using forks or a meat masher and shred directly in the pot. Add the greek yogurt and mix together well until completely melted. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top of the chicken and onions. Cover the slow cooker again and let it continue to cook until the cheese is melted and bubbly, usually 2-3 minutes. 

Step 7

Once the cheese is melted, serve hot over rice, noodles, mashed potatoes or vegetables, spooning the onions and extra sauce over the top. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs or parsley and additional cheese, if desired.

Spoon in a bowl of French onion chicken over rice.

How to serve

The crockpot French onion chicken can be served so many amazing ways! Try it over your favorite pasta noodle for a French onion pasta. Serve as a stand-alone chicken meal along side crusty bread and roasted veggies. For a gumbo vibe, serve with white rice. Note, the white rice may bland down the broth a bit so I suggest seasoning it with salt and pepper or sriracha for added flavor.

Want to make this into a more traditional French onion soup? It’s so easy! Simply double the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce for a soupy consistency. I like to add the soup to oven-safe ramekins, top it with bread and cheese and broil in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese is bubbly and the bread is crusty. Soup perfection!

Spoon in a bowl of French onion chicken over rice.

Nutrition facts & serving sizes

This is one of those tricky ones that I suggest you weigh the final dish (all the food inside the pot) prior to serving. Then divide by the serving size to get your final grams per serving. Soups are hard, period. The reason is the liquid. The weight can vary so much person to person that for the most accurate serving size you really should find the total weight. This crockpot french onion chicken recipe makes 8 servings. 

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Crockpot French Onion Chicken

Danielle Lima
Juicy, tender chicken slow cooked in a cheesy creamy sauce, this Crockpot French Onion Chicken is a dream come true. This comfort food favorite comes together in minutes, just toss it in the pot and wait for food magic.
4.91 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, French
Servings 8 servings
Calories 238 kcal

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Equipment

  • 1 Crockpot

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs. skinless boneless chicken breast
  • 2 large sweet onions thinly sliced
  • 2 cans condensed French onion soup 10.5 oz each
  • 1 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2.5 oz. Swiss or Gruyere cheese shredded
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt 112g
  • additional cheese for toppings
  • fresh thyme or parsley for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Start by seasoning the chicken breasts on both sides with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Place the sliced onions at the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Arrange the seasoned chicken breasts on top of the onions.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the condensed French onion soup, beef broth, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour this mixture over the chicken in the slow cooker.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours, until the chicken is fully cooked and the onions are tender.
  • About 15 minutes before you’re ready to serve, shred the chicken by using forks or a meat masher and shred directly in the pot.
  • Add the greek yogurt and mix together well until completely melted. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top of the chicken and onions. Cover the slow cooker again and let it continue to cook until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Once the cheese is melted, serve hot over rice, noodles, mashed potatoes or vegetables, spooning the onions and extra sauce over the top. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs or parsley and additional cheese, if desired.

Notes

All nutrition facts are an estimate. 
  • Can be made into a soup by doubling beef broth and Worcestershire sauce and topped with bread and cheese. 
  • Option to keep chicken whole as opposed to shredding.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes, over noodles or over rice. 
  • Serve as a standalone chicken meal alongside crusty bread and roasted veggies. 
  • This is one of those tricky ones that I suggest you weigh the final dish (all the food inside the pot) prior to serving. Then divide by the serving size to get your final grams per serving. The reason is the liquid. The weight can vary so much person to person that for the most accurate serving size you really should find the total weight. This crockpot french onion chicken recipe makes 8 servings. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 238kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 31gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 657mgPotassium: 600mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8g
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13 Comments

    1. This is one I suggest you weigh and divide by servings since it can vary drastically from person to person.

  1. 5 stars
    SO delicious and so easy to make. Love the macros too and how easy it is to log into my fitness pal to track!

  2. 5 stars
    Hubby loves French onion soup and this was so flavorful. I but a few croutons on top with sprinkle of cheese. So good. Also freezes well.

  3. 5 stars
    You’ve done it again- another winner! Had it with some egg noodles and broccoli tonight! My twin boys told me I can make it again- the best seal of approval!

  4. 5 stars
    Another winner!! I don’t know how you keep doing it. We paired it with your Greek yogurt mashed potatoes and it just melted in your mouth. SO GOOD!

  5. 5 stars
    It is SOOOO GOOD! Easy peasy to make, and so versatile! I put it in a tortilla, over cali-rice, spaghetti squash, the options are endless!!!

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