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Chicken with Onions and Figs

Friends and family can't get enough of tender chicken thighs in a sweet onion and fig sauce. When prepared this way, the meat turns out moist every time.—Helen Conwell, Fairhope, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 3 large red onions, halved and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 10 dried figs, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika


  • In a large skillet, saute onions in butter until tender. Add the figs, honey, lemon juice, garlic and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until mixture is thick, stirring occasionally.
  • Place chicken in two greased 13x9-in. baking dishes. Spoon onion mixture over chicken. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a thermometer reads 180°. Serve with pan juices.
Nutrition Facts
2 servings: 503 calories, 22g fat (8g saturated fat), 169mg cholesterol, 463mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 4g fiber), 45g protein.

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  • CarlyFace
    Sep 9, 2019

    All in all, this chicken dish was pretty tasty! I imagine that exactly how the onion mixture turns out flavor wise depends on how the large the onions you use are; I used three large — VERY large — onions, so while it made more than enough onion mixture to top all the chicken with, I believe the sheer amount of onion overwhelmed the other flavors (lemon, garlic, figs, honey) in this mixture. And I was out of honey, so I substituted real maple syrup, which was really delicious! I’ll definitely attempt this recipe again, but next time I’ll use smaller onions, and I’ll probably season the chicken with a little salt and pepper before topping it with the onion mixture. The chicken turned out incredibly moist and tender. Thanks for the great recipe, Helen!

  • NyxRizzi
    Nov 7, 2012

    I made this using boneless/skinless chicken breasts and orange juice (since I didn't have any lemon juice on hand). It was delicious! This is a keeper. Thanx!