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Lime Drenched Chicken and Caramelized Onions

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Caramelized Onions*

  • 6 large onions (for about 6 cups of slices)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • 4 (6 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken-breast halves
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic

* Make the caramelized onions ahead of time.


  1. Caramelized Onions: Peel the onions and cut them into 1/4-inch slices.
  2. Place the onions in a slow cooker, and drizzle the oil over the slices.
  3. Place the lid on the slow cooker and adjust the heat to HIGH. Cook 8 to 10 hours, until the onions caramelize. They will then have a deep-brown color.
  4. Leftover onions may be refrigerated, covered, up to three days. They may be frozen up to one month.
  5. Chicken: Place the chicken-breast halves, one at a time, between layers of wax paper. Pound each breast half (see note) so that it is an even 1/2-inch thick. Peel off the paper. Sprinkle the chicken lightly with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  6. Heat the oil in an extra-deep, 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook 4 to 5 minutes on the first side until golden brown.
  7. While the chicken cooks, cut the lime in half and cut 1 of the halves into four wedges. Set the wedges aside.
  8. Turn the chicken over and squeeze the juice from the remaining lime half evenly over the chicken. Continue to cook for 4 to 6 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center.
  9. Put the chicken on four serving plates.
  10. Add the onions and garlic to the hot skillet and stir constantly until the onions are heated through, about 1 minute.
  11. Remove the skillet from the heat and top each piece of chicken with about 1/4 cup onions.
  12. Serve at once, garnished with the reserved lime wedges.

Yield: 4 servings | 3 cups Caramelized Onions

Nutritional information per 1/4-cup serving: 48 calories (42% from fat), 2 grams fat (no saturated fat), no cholesterol, 1 gram protein, 7 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram dietary fiber, 2 milligrams sodium