Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Friday Night Bistro Chicken

This recipe was extremely popular on a board I post on. At the time it was posted there were so many recipes and not enough time to make them. 

Nancy from NJ was the original poster and I like to source it back. It might of come from here.

I made another chicken recipe and Carol and Janie mentioned that this was good and wanted to give it a try.

2 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoon olive oil

6 boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 tsp. salt ( didn't use- soup has plenty of sodium)

1/2 tsp. ground pepper ( only did a few twist of the pepper grinder)

1/2 cup chopped shallots ( used red onion)

1 ( 14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes- don't drain!

1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme ( used 1/2 tsp.)

1 can Campbell's condensed French Onion Soup

1 cup grated Swiss cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In a large ovenproof skillet, melt the butter and add the olive oil to the melted butter. Sprinkle the chicken with half of the salt and pepper and brown the chicken on both sides but make sure the chicken does not cook through.

Take the chicken out of the skillet and place on a plate.

Add the shallots to the skillet, that the chicken was browned in and saute about 3-4 minutes or until soft. Add the tomatoes and thyme to the shallots in the skillet and cook until the sauce has reduced which should be 4-5 minutes. Add the soup the reduced mixture and cook another 5 minutes and add the rest of the salt and pepper.

The original directions call for the chicken to return to the skillet and add the cheese and cook for 20 minutes. I put some of the sauce in the bottom of a sprayed baking dish, placed the chicken on top of the sauce and covered the chicken with the rest of the sauce.

I cooked it in the oven for 20 minutes and added the cheese the last 5 minutes. 


  1. yay, You made it. I too must make it again soon. This recipe hit the Taste of Home Recipe Board like a fire storm. This was (imo) the Number hit of the Month if not year. Its a fabulous Recipe and Linda I know you & Gabe had one Heck of a meal * I'd happily endorse this recipe any day to anyone. Its a Blue Ribbon Winner. Stellar Photo.


    1. I pinned it and looks like others want to make it!

  2. Morning Linda and Janie..........gosh I haven't made this one in a long time.

    We enjoy it-I just wish the darned French Onion soup came in a lower sodium version......we've gotten away from canned soups so can really pick up the salty taste.

    I like making this dish when I'm in a hurry and have to get dinner on the table pronto.

    That is one super photo-I haven't eaten breakfast yet and it's making me hungry! :)


    1. I'm with you on the low sodium soup.I also had a terrible time just finding the soup to make this.

      I totally agree, it is a very easy recipe to make when you are in a hurry.

  3. Boy, does that look good !!! I also wish the soup would come in a lower sodium version. I don't use salt at all, so this would be super salty. The picture is making me hungry.

    Hi there Carol and Janie.....I bet you eat well, since you seem to make so many good things. Wish I had more get up and go to cook.

    1. Myra, wait till Kayla get older. She will want grandma to help around the kitchen.

  4. I am so glad that you posted a picture and the recipe Linda. It looks so good and I have a can of French onion soup , so I just need the swiss cheese. Thanks. Elaine

    1. I hope you like this. It's so easy and fits in with your busy schedule.

    2. I hope you like this. It's so easy and fits in with your busy schedule.

  5. Hey Ms Linda, I'm Brandi. I told Gregory tonight that I was making one of his mamas recipes, and he insisted I tell you :) well it turned out to be DELICIOUS, even my very picky 14 year old loved it! Just wanted to say thank you

    1. Brandi, thanks for checking out the blog. Gregory mentioned he told you about it.
      Hope you find many more recipes to enjoy.

      Ms. Linda

  6. Your very welcome and I really do enjoy it! Although I think you need more Gregory pics and stories :) hope your having a great weekend!