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Instant Pot French Onion Chicken

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If you’re a fan of Italian cuisine, you’ve got to try making this French onion chicken.

The dish is super flavorful and delicious, comes together in minutes, and is quite literally one of the best meals you’ll ever make.

There’s just something insanely comforting about digging into a bowl of French onion soup, and if you want to enjoy all those delicious flavors, but in a unique, slightly different way, you’ve got to give this recipe a try.

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Why I Love This Recipe

What I absolutely love about this recipe is the fact that it is one of the most versatile recipes I’ve ever tried in my kitchen.

This recipe is quite literally a total family favorite, and more so for me, because it comes together so easily and effortlessly.

Plus, the ingredients list is super short, and you’re most likely to have everything that’s needed already stocked up in your pantry.

It is gluten free, and a great way to enjoy all those French onion flavors, but in a meal that is filling and and nutritious. If you love French onion soup, you’ve definitely got to give this recipe a shot.

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Ingredients for the French Onion Chicken Recipe

To make the French onion chicken, here’s what you’ll need.

Instant Pot French Onion Chicken
  • Low Sodium Chicken Stock: Provides a flavorful base, ensuring that the chicken is juicy and tender.
  • French Onion Soup Mix: Adds a rich, savory flavor that gives the dish its distinctive French onion character.
  • Chopped Garlic: Infuses the dish with a robust, aromatic element that complements the other flavors perfectly.
  • Chicken Breasts: The main protein in the dish, these contribute a hearty and satisfying element.
  • Mushrooms: Add a delicious earthy flavor and a meaty texture that enhances the overall dish.
  • Cream Cheese: Gives the dish a creamy, velvety finish, adding a luxurious touch to the flavors.
  • Spring Onion: Adds a fresh, zesty note, providing a nice contrast to the rich flavors of the dish.

How to Make French Onion Chicken

Once you have your ingredients ready, here’s the step by step process you’ll need to follow to put the dish together.

Step 1: Get the Instant Pot Started

Turn on the Instant Pot and select the sauté button.

Step 2: Add the Stock, Soup Mix and Seasonings

Add 1 ½ cups of low-sodium chicken stock. Stir in French onion soup mix (stir properly so that there are no lumps), mix, and add garlic.

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Step 3: Add the Chicken Breasts, Cheese and Mushrooms

Add chicken breasts to the stock. Next, evenly top with diced mushrooms and place the block of cream cheese in the middle, do not stir as it will melt while cooking.

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Step 4: Pressure Cook

CANCEL the SAUTE button. Select the PRESSURE COOK button on HIGH PRESSURE for 15 minutes. (Make sure the valve is in the SEALING position).

Step 5: Naturally Release the Pressure

Once the pressure-cooking cycle is over. Allow pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes then quick release pressure by manually moving the valve from SEALING to VENTING position.

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Step 6: Remove Chicken

Select the CANCEL button and take the lid off carefully. Remove the chicken pieces, shred them and set aside.

Step 7: Let the Soup Simmer

Select SAUTE button, whisk the soup with the help of a spatula, and let the soup simmer on medium low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Step 8: Add the Shredded Chicken Breasts and Herbs

Return the shredded chicken breast back to the soup, along with finely diced spring onions, and stir through.

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Step 9: Serve

Select the CANCEL button. Serve immediately hot with crusty bread, a bowl of pasta, or mashed potatoes.

Interesting Variations You Can Try

Like most French onion recipes, there is a bit of variation and experimentation that you can do with this recipe.

  • A classic French onion soup or chicken recipe needs you to have lots and lots of caramelized onions for that rich, bold flavor. For this recipe, I’ve used a ready French onion soup mix to make things simple.
  • If you really want to do it the authentic way, you can started off with sautéing some sliced onions in your Instant Pot. I would recommend yellow onions to make French onion chicken.
  • These caramelized onions can also add a nice bit of texture to the dish and when you team it up with a classic cheese like Gruyere cheese, it is sure to be a match made in heaven.
  • Remember to add a bit of beef stock or beef broth to the caramelized onion. This will help you recover all the brown bits which pack in the maximum flavor.
  • To caramelize onions, you can use a bit of olive oil or butter- it all depends on your personal preference.
  • The onions should be cooked on medium high heat until they turn golden brown.
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Tips & Tricks to Make the French Onion Chicken Recipe

Before you get ready to give this recipe a shot, here are some more tips and tricks you might want to keep in mind.

  • If you want the French onion chicken to have some extra flavor and a nutritional punch, you can use beef stock or beef broth instead of the chicken broth that the recipe calls for.
  • For this recipe, we’ve used chicken breasts, but you can use any other boneless or bone-in cut of meat of your choice. Chicken thighs are a great option, because they are much more tender, and pack in a lot of flavor too.
  • If you want to tenderize your chicken breast, you can use a meat mallet to break down the fibers before you add them to the soup.
  • To tie everything together, you can also add a dash of olive oil into the mix.
  • Cheese and butter can be two other interesting additions to this dish. You can use Gruyere cheese, Swiss cheese or any other shredded cheese of your choice.
  • I would highly recommend adding the cheese towards the end and letting the dish simmer for a couple of extra minutes until you get that creamy, melted cheese on the top.
  • You can also add a bay leaf or two into the mix for some extra flavor. I also love adding balsamic vinegar to tie all the flavors together.
  • I’ve used my Instant Pot to make this French onion chicken, but you can also use your crock pot or just stick to a large skillet that you can place over your stove top to put the dish together.
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How to Serve the French Onion Chicken

The French onion chicken can be enjoyed on its own, or paired with some crusty bread on the side.

Don’t forget to top the dish with some caramelized onions and some shredded Gruyere cheese to make it more flavorful.

I also love adding some freshly cracked black pepper on the top.

How Do I Store the Leftover French Onion Chicken?

You can store the French onion chicken in an airtight container for 3 days in the refrigerator or around 3 months in the freezer.

I also love using up some of that leftover chicken and turning it into a French onion chicken casserole.

To do this, I just layer the chicken in a baking dish, then top it with some shredded cheese, some caramelized onions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

French Onion Chicken Recipe Cooking Time

Prep Time-5 minutes
Cook time – 30 minutes
Total Time- 35 minutes
Servings-4

Instant Pot French Chicken

Instant Pot French Onion Chicken

Yield: 4
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Instant pot french chicken recipe is delicious, simple and easy to cook

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups low sodium chicken stock
  • §1 packet French onion soup mix (1.41 ounce / 40gm)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 ½ cups mushrooms diced
  • 7 oz (200 gm) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup spring onion, finely diced

Instructions

Step 1: Get the Instant Pot Started

Turn on the Instant Pot and select the sauté button.

Step 2: Add the Stock, Soup Mix and Seasonings

Add 1 ½ cups of low-sodium chicken stock. Stir in French onion soup mix (stir properly so that there are no lumps), mix, and add garlic.

Step 3: Add the Chicken Breasts, Cheese and Mushrooms

Add chicken breasts to the stock. Next, evenly top with diced mushrooms and place the block of cream cheese in the middle, do not stir as it will melt while cooking.

Step 4: Pressure Cook

CANCEL the SAUTE button. Select the PRESSURE COOK button on HIGH PRESSURE for 15 minutes. (Make sure the valve is in the SEALING position).

Step 5: Naturally Release the Pressure

Once the pressure-cooking cycle is over. Allow pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes then quick release pressure by manually moving the valve from SEALING to VENTING position.

Step 6: Remove Chicken

Select the CANCEL button and take the lid off carefully. Remove the chicken pieces, shred them and set aside.

Step 7: Let the Soup Simmer

Select SAUTE button, whisk the soup with the help of a spatula, and let the soup simmer on medium low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 8: Add the Shredded Chicken Breasts and Herbs

Return the shredded chicken breast back to the soup, along with finely diced spring onions, and stir through.

Step 9: Serve

Select the CANCEL button. Serve immediately hot with crusty bread, a bowl of pasta, or mashed potatoes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 446Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 780mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 38g

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