Chicken with Onions, Bay and Thyme; tech stuff

We think of bay leaves as something that is used in tomato based dishes, but they have a wonderful flavor that works well with thyme.

Most people will use dried bay leaves and thyme leaves.

I have a huge laurel tree by the house so I just pick as needed.

Sadly, I had to use dried thyme.

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Chicken with Onions, Bay and Thyme

This is an easy, skillet main course of chicken breasts, braised in white wine and chicken stock, flavored with herbs and tomato

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Chicken


  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 bay leaves (laurel)
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) white wine
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 tbs cornstarch (maizena, corn flour) dissolved in 2 tbs chicken stock


  • Sauté onion in oil in nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, about 5 minutes.
  • When onion starts to brown add garlic and sauté 1 minute longer.
  • Move onion and garlic to the sides of the pan, add chicken breasts, and sauté until lightly browned, about 7 minutes.
  • Stir in thyme, bay leaf, wine, stock and tomato paste.
  • Cover, reduce heat and simmer until chicken is done, about 15 minutes.
  • Dissolve cornstarch in chicken stock.
  • Uncover skillet, increase heat and remove bay leaves.
  • Remove chicken to small platter.
  • Add cornstarch to onions and stir until sauce is thickened.
  • Spoon onions around chicken and serve.


Serve with potatoes, pasta, rice or grains – very versatile.

Keywords: chicken, onions, thyme

Chicken with Onions & Thyme

I gave up my garden thyme to the bunnies, who insisted that they wanted to live under it. They won that fight.

I now have pots of thyme on the deck around the pool, which do very well – except right after I trimmed them all back for summer.

Poor planning on my part.

I have my computer back, finally, The problem was the board that had the extra USB ports. Why it took 3 days to figure that out I will never know.

The fact that the three days were on either side of the weekend meant that I was without my PC for 5 days.

I still had the list of things I was supposed to work on during those 5 days, however.

I am thrilled to have a full-size monitor and keyboard once again…. Even if it’s taken me hours to get it back to functioning the way I like it.

Mainly it was little things: the wrong monitor installed and the resolution HUGE; the Sticky Notes gone; software that needed reinstalling; etc.

I also needed it to finish setting up the new phones.

Anyone one of the above would have been a challenge – all three at once was just unfair.

Soon, my little world will be back to normal.

In the meantime, mon mari gave me a chocolate bunny.

4 thoughts on “Chicken with Onions, Bay and Thyme; tech stuff”

  1. I’m glad you’ve got your computer back, but I understand completely the frustration that is having to reset everything. I hate having to do that.

    It occurs to me that I haven’t used bay leaves in tomato based things. I do use them in almost everything else. Soups, stews, roasts…but the problem I always have with them is, mine are dried, purchased at the grocery store. I don’t think they impart much flavor compared to what the fresh ones would do. Maybe it’s just one of those herbs/seasonings that isn’t as good dried as fresh. But I’m planting trees so maybe I should look into a laurel! 🙂

    • I don’t know if it would grow where you are – winters too cold I think. It’s wonderful having the tree – I use with abandon. And when I trim it in the fall we save the trimmings for putting on the fire…. scents the house lol

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