Creamy Caramelized Onion Chicken Thighs is a chicken recipe cooked with onions and mushrooms

Creamy Caramelized Onion Chicken Thighs

Our family loves these Creamy Caramelized Onion Chicken Thighs for dinner! This chicken is browned until crispy, then simmered in the most amazing sauce!

We’re getting there…it’s the last week of summer before the kids go back to school.

Definitely mixed feelings about that. While we love the lazy, no-schedule days of summer I think everyone’s ready for some structure.

Actually, I don’t know why we always think of summer as lazy and no-structure because with the kids and sports now it seems as busy as any other time of the year.

With the one exception being no school or homework.

So I guess it’s really the same, just nicer weather and no homework to worry about at night.

This is the time of year when I try and get super organized with my lists. You know, all the lists…the grocery lists the school supply lists and the dinner lists.

What to make for dinner on busy school nights – that is the biggest list. The dinner menu.

Yep there sure are times that we grab pizza on the way home from a game or a practice or even McDonalds, which I actually love because then I can steal a fry or two. Or a handful.

But MOST nights we do like to try and have a good dinner for everyone to eat – although it’s hardly EVER together – someone at some point in the night needs dinner.

I’ve stopped worrying about family dinner time, it’s almost impossible these days. But then when we do all get to sit down together for dinner it feels a lot nicer since we don’t get to do it often.

Let’s get back to these Creamy Caramelized Onion Chicken Thighs. It’s one of the tastiest chicken recipes you’re going to try, hands down.

This does seems like a “fancy” dinner maybe, or one that takes forever to braise in the oven or something.

Well, it isn’t and it doesn’t.

These Creamy Caramelized Onion Chicken Thighs seem more like comfort food to me for one, and for two it can be on the table in less than an hour.

OK so right, I’m not claiming that this is a 30 minute meal, but most of that cooking time is down time that you can be doing something else. Packing a lunch, checking homework or maybe just having a glass of wine.

Creamy Caramelized Onion Chicken Thighs with mushroom in a pan

The longest part of the process here is caramelizing the onions, that’s going to take about 20 minutes and then the chicken thighs cook for about 20. The other parts fall in there too but believe me, it’s going to be quicker than you think.

Once the onions are done you can brown the chicken in the same pan, again, nice and brown here.

Now out go the chicken thighs and the gravy gets going in the same skillet too.

We like to serve brown gravy type stuff like this with crispy french fries or smashed potatoes to get that poutine feeling but this chicken goes really well with rice or pasta too.

Even mashed potatoes are going to be a win.

Or if you’re trying to stick to some sort of low carb plan these Creamy Caramelized Onion Chicken Thighs are so delicious on their own you’ll never miss the stuff on the side.

You can do what I do too, grab just a small scoop of whatever you serve this chicken with.

A small scoop.

That way you get the flavor of what everyone else is eating but you’re not going to blow any low carb diet plan with one small scoop of carbs.

This is what my life has come too, getting pure joy from one small scoop of rice mixed with a delicious gravy like this one. Sounds crazy but that’s where I’m at.

Carb joy.

It’s a whole thing.

Creamy Caramelized Onion Chicken Thighs in a skillet with mushrooms and gravy

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Creamy Caramelized Onion Chicken Thighs is a one skillet chicken dinner recipe with mushrooms and onions

Creamy Caramelized Onion Chicken Thighs

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 Thighs
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: American


Our family loves these Creamy Caramelized Onion Chicken Thighs for dinner! Serve over rice, pasta or a side of fries, or just as is for a low carb dinner!


4-5 chicken thighs (bone in, skin on) seasoned with kosher salt and fresh black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons butter

4 cups thinly sliced onions

1 teaspoon kosher salt (divided)

1/2 teaspoon sugar

2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped (divided)

1 tablespoon garlic, chopped

10 ounces button mushrooms, sliced

1 tablespoon flour

2 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup heavy cream

fresh chopped parsley for garnish


Add the oil and butter to a 10 inch skillet.

Add the onions to the skillet along with a 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Cook for 20 minutes over medium low heat, stirring often.

Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes longer then remove the onions from the skillet.

Place the seasoned chicken in the skillet skin side down. Cook for 4-5 minutes until browned then turn over and cook another 4-5 minutes on the other side.

Remove the thighs to a plate and cover with foil.

Add the mushrooms along with the other 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon of the thyme.

Cook until mushrooms have browned, stirring, about 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the mushrooms, stir and cook for 1 minute longer.

Slowly pour in the chicken broth, stir well to get everything off the bottom of the skillet.

Place the chicken thighs back in the skillet, spooning some of the broth over the tops, cover and cook on medium-low heat for 25-30 minutes until the chicken is no longer pink inside.

Remove the chicken to a serving platter then pour the heavy cream in the skillet, whisking to combine with the sauce. Simmer for 2-3 minutes then pour the sauce over the chicken thighs.

Garnish with the remaining thyme and fresh chopped parsley.

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This Creamy Caramelized Onion Chicken Thighs recipe is perfect for dinner! Serve over rice, pasta or a side of fries, or just as is for a low carb dinner!

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