This 5-ingredient recipe was created by Jennifer D. and was selected as the winning recipe in the Just BARE Just 5 Cooking Challenge in 2011.


  1. Rub chicken with 1-1/2 teaspoons salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Place chicken in skillet; cook 3 minute or until golden brown. Turn; cook about 3 minutes longer. Remove from skillet to a plate; set aside.

  2. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to skillet; reduce heat to medium. Add onions and remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly golden brown.

  3. Meanwhile, cover cherries with 1/2 cup water; let stand until onions are browned. Stir in balsamic vinegar and cherries with water. Add 5 thyme springs and nestle chicken on top of onions. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover skillet. Cook chicken about 20 minutes or until tender and no longer pink in center. Cook to internal temp of 165°F.

  4. Remove thyme sprigs; serve chicken on top of onion-cherry mixture. Garnish with remaining fresh thyme leaves.


Nutritional values may change if you choose to substitute another chicken product. If substituting frozen chicken for this recipe, thaw before cooking.