I have long been a huge fan of the flavours of French Onion Soup . . . caramelised onion, sweet and succulent . . . cheese . . . toast . . . garlic . . . thyme. When done well, it is a beautiful thing to behold and to eat.
Everything has to be in perfect balance however. There cannot be too much of any one thing. I strongly dislike it when there is too much cheese. I have been served French Onion Soup in restaurants where there has been so much cheese in the dish that you are almost choking while you are eating it, which is not a very nice thing at all to experience.
I saw a recipe this recipe for French Onion Chicken done in the slow cooker the other day. It looked really tasty and of course quite simple to make. Normally I am not such a big fan of chicken cooked in the slow cooker. Its a texture thing . . . I also think if you really overcook chicken, especially boneless and skinless chicken, you remove all of the flavour.
This did look appealing however and it wasn't cooked for hours and hours, which also appealed. It said between 2 and 3 hours, which seemed just about right.
Of course I could not leave well enough alone. I reduced the quantities so that I could serve only two people with it. No waste.
I added some garlic because I thought it belonged in the dish. I was right. It did. Not too much, just a smidgen. I also chose to use dried thyme because well . . . I don't think fresh thyme would make much of a difference in a dish cooked in the slow cooker. But that's just me.
I also chose to add some sherry, because sherry is a beautiful addition to French Onion Soup. It works very well. I also thought it would enhance the flavour of the chicken. Again, I was right.
So what you are getting today is a dish that is simple to make, won't heat up your kitchen, sized just perfectly for us, is just a tiny bit sophisticated without being over the top, and which is totally delicious. All winning qualities as far as I am concerned!
*French Onion Chicken*Serves 2
1 small clove garlic, peeled and minced1 TBS butter
pinch sugarsalt and black pepper to taste
1 TBS finely grated Parmesan Cheese6 thick slices of a french baguette
I hope you will give this a go! I think this makes a great midweek meal! Bon Appetit!