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Chicken (Nuggets) with Caramelized Onions

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Chicken (Nuggets) with Caramelized Onions

Chicken (Nuggets) with Caramelized Onions

Jessica Braider
This dish, invented by longtime Scramble member Cindy Frank, is so sweet and delicious. For the kids, it’s essentially chicken nuggets, and for their parents, it’s a gourmet meal!
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Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 3 sweet yellow onions such as Vidalia or Walla Walla sliced into thin rings
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 - 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Italian-style bread crumbs (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil


  • Over medium-high heat, melt the butter or margarine in a large heavy skillet. Add the onions, coating them with the butter. Partially cover the skillet and turn the heat to medium-low. Cook the onions until they are golden brown, 20 - 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • While the onions are cooking, lightly beat the eggs in a large bowl. Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces. Add the chicken to the bowl with the eggs, and gently toss to coat the chicken well.
  • Drain any excess eggs and add the bread crumbs. Toss until the chicken is thoroughly coated with the bread crumbs.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Brown the chicken on all sides until it is just cooked through, 6 - 8 minutes in total. (You can remove some chicken for picky eaters before adding the onions.) Add the onions to the skillet with the chicken and stir until it is warmed through. Serve immediately.

Slow Cooker Directions:

  • Put the onions and butter or margarine in the slow cooker. Cut and coat the chicken as directed and place that in the slow cooker on top of the onions. Cook on low for 8 - 10 hours or on high for 4 - 6 hours. (Slow cooker cooking times may vary—Get to know your slow cooker and, if necessary, adjust cooking times accordingly.)


Do Ahead or Delegate: Slice and caramelize the onions, beat and refrigerate the eggs, cut the chicken into pieces and refrigerate or toss the chicken with the eggs and bread crumbs before refrigerating.
Scramble Flavor Booster: Add ¼ tsp. garlic powder and/or cayenne pepper to the bread crumbs before tossing them with the chicken.
Tip: Caramelizing onions draws out intense flavor from such a simple ingredient.  When caramelizing onions, use the largest heavy skillet you have to maximize the onion's contact with the pan.  This will allow them to cook evenly.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 250, Total Fat: 9g, 14%; Saturated Fat: 4g, 18%; Cholesterol: 110mg, 37%; Sodium: 230mg, 10%; Total Carbohydrate: 12g, 4%; Dietary Fiber: 1g, 4%; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 29g
Like this recipe? Check out The Scramble's family-friendly meal plans to see just how simple getting dinner on the table can be!
Keyword 30 Minutes (or less) Meals, Dairy-Free, Fall, Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Kosher, Low Fat, Low Sodium, Lunch, Main Dish, Make-Ahead, No Added Sugar, Nut-Free, Slow Cooker, Spring, Summer, Winter
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