Chicken Thighs with Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dressing

Chicken Thighs with Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dressing
Photo: Jacob Fox
Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
31 mins
Bake Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 26 mins


  • 3 slices lower sodium less fat bacon

  • 3 large onions, halved and sliced (3 cups)

  • 2 cup multigrain ciabatta rolls cut into 1/2-inch cubes and dried* (2 1/2 ounces)

  • ½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • ¼ cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 large skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 1 pound)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • Snipped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the bacon in hot skillet about 10 minutes or until brown and crispy, turning once. Remove and drain bacon on paper towels. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings in skillet. Add onions. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, covered, for 13 to 15 minutes or until onions are tender, stirring occasionally. Uncover; cook and stir over medium-high heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden. Remove from heat.

  2. Chop the bacon. In a medium bowl combine the bacon, caramelized onions, bread cubes, broth, egg product, 2 tablespoons parsley, and the pepper. Stir gently to combine. Divide dressing mixture among four individual 12- to 14-ounce casserole dishes; set aside.

  3. In the same skillet cook the chicken in hot oil over medium heat about 5 minutes or until browned, turning once. Place one chicken thigh on dressing mixture in each casserole. Bake, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in stuffing registers 165°F. Before serving, sprinkle with additional parsley.


To dry bread cubes, spread them in an even layer in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake in a 300°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until cubes are dry, stirring twice; cool. (Cubes will continue to dry and crisp as they cool.) Or let bread cubes stand loosely covered at room temperature for 8 to 12 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

288 Calories
9g Fat
21g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 288
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 357mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 12.8mg 64%
Calcium 50mg 4%
Iron 2.3mg 13%
Potassium 520mg 11%
Folate, total 47.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.7mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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