Hearty, comforting, and perfect for cooler weather, this Slow Cooker French Onion Chicken is a family favorite! Complete with tender baby potatoes, slow caramelized onions, and shredded Gruyere cheese, this is a one-pot chicken thigh meal you're going to love having on rotation.
Course Main Course
Keyword french onion chicken
Prep Time 15 minutesminutes
Cook Time 6 hourshours
Total Time 6 hourshours15 minutesminutes
2large onionsthinly sliced
6chicken thighsbone-in, skin-on
Kosher saltto taste
Black pepperto taste
1teaspoondried thyme(or 2 teaspoons fresh)
1teaspoondried oregano(or 2 teaspoons fresh)
2poundsbaby potatoescut in half
6slices Gruyere cheese
Fresh parsleyfor garnish
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet set over medium heat. Saute onions until golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker. Wipe out skillet.
Pat chicken thighs dry with paper towels, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
Melt remaining butter in skillet over high heat. When bubbling, add chicken thighs, skin-side down, and sear for 2-3 minutes, or until skin is browned and releases from the pan easily. Flip chicken and sear other side another 2 minutes, then remove from heat.
Add broth, garlic, herbs, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper to the slow cooker with the onions. Stir to combine.
Place chicken thighs, skin-side up, on top of the potatoes. Spoon some of the onion-broth over the chicken.
Seal the lid and slow cook on low for about 6 hours, or high for 4 hours.
When cook time is up, remove the cooker lid. Place the Gruyere slices on top of the chicken, then replace the lid and allow the cheese to melt, 4-5 minutes. Serve with potatoes and onion broth. Garnish with parsley if desired.