I love onions, like seriously love them! I have been thinking about creating a french onion soup recipe (which is still on my list) but with the weight watcher freestyle program I am always thinking of meals I can make that will stay nice and low in points. That’s when this french onion chicken recipe hit me and let me tell you, it is AMAZING! So filling and full of flavor, best part is it’s just 2 freestyle smart points per serving… win!!

French onion chicken

2-5PP, 2SP blue & purple, 5SP green
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Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main meals
Servings 4


  • 4 cups peeled and chopped onions I used red onion because it's my favorite
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup plus 3 Tbsp chicken broth
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 cloves of garlic diced
  • 1.5 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 4- 6 oz chicken breast if following freestyle they can be larger
  • 2/3 cup light gouda shredded cheese 77 grams


  • Heat your olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-low heat, add in your chopped onions and 3 Tbsp of chicken broth. Let onions cook for 45 minutes stirring often.
  • When onions are close to being finished you can sear your chicken in a separate frying pan, season breasts with a little salt & pepper, use a little cooking spray and cook 5 minutes on each side over medium heat, set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • When onions are cooked add in thyme and garlic. Add in flour and mix well. Stir in 1/2 cup of your chicken broth and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in remaining chicken broth, vinegar and mustard, bring to a boil, the sauce should thicken at this point.
  • Place your chicken in a sprayed casserole dish, top with your onion mixture and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove and add your shredded gouda cheese (can substitute for another cheese if you wish)
  • Turn oven to broil and broil for 5 minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Serve immediately, makes 4 servings. Can be frozen.


Personal Points- 2-5 depending on your 0PP foodsΒ 
SP Freestyle- (blue & purple) 2 using WW recipe builder
Smart points- (green) 5 using SP calculator
Points plus- 5 using PP calculator
Nutritional info (incl onions) Calories 270..Fat 6g...Sat fat 2.4g...Carbs 6.6g...Fiber 0.6g...Sugar 1.6g..Protein 39g using My Fitness Pal
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  1. Looks excellent! I will definitely be trying it this week! Love your blog!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Thank you Anne, hope you enjoy the chicken dish πŸ™‚

  2. Hi! Being a fellow Ontarian, just wondering where you got the light Gouda from?
    Looks amazing!
    Thanks πŸ™‚

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Sarah, I got it at Fortino’s in the cheese section (by the deli)

      • What cheese can replace the light Gouda? I can’t find any where I live.

        • Drizzle Reply

          Honestly any cheese you like really, light swiss, mozzarella

    • Drizzle Reply

      as far as points go nothing really, we still calculate point values the same, it’s just with freestyle there is a larger list of zero point foods, if you google it I am sure you can find the list

  3. We are having this chicken tonight. It’s in the oven now!! Can’t wait😁

    • Lisa—How was this—was it good??—There are no reviews yet on this recipe & I’ve been hoping you would give us some feedback!! Please please please let us all know! πŸ˜‰

      • Drizzle Reply

        I have seen many on social media say they tried it and it has had great feedback, I personally love it but I might be biased Ha!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Monica, you are very welcome, so glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Kate, This sounds awesome. I’ve been forwarding it to my fellow WW members in my meeting. With all the 0SP foods now it’s always great to have new ways to prepare them keeping the SP’s low. Thank you.

    • Drizzle Reply

      You are welcome, hope you enjoy the dish, it is so tasty!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Yes, you really do πŸ™‚ they need to be very soft and because you have so many they take a long time

      • Wow! I thought it was a typo! 4-5 min! Good thing you asked this!d!

        • Drizzle Reply

          The onions are time consuming but I promise it is worth it πŸ™‚

  5. I had an Epiphany after making this chicken. This sautΓ©ed onion recipe would be good in plain flour yogurt like onion dip! Yum! This was a Home Run!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Glad you enjoyed it Linda, and I like your thinking πŸ™‚

  6. Lynn Beener Reply

    Making this tonight. My smartpoints calculator for freestyle says 5 pts. ?? I called WW and they said there is a freestyle calculator to download. I can not find it for over an hour. Any tips for download would be much appreciated. I’m anxious to start cooking! I will def share our opinion… looks outstanding… Thx again! Lynn-Ann

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Lynn, sorry I am not too sure what to say.. Your WW App should be updated to included freestyle and when you build this recipe you will get the 2 points but if you are using the nutritional numbers you cant do that to determine smart points because the nutri numbers includes the chicken but on freestyle we don’t add the chicken

    • Drizzle Reply

      lol yes you really do, I have had others ask.. there is a huge pile of onions, they need to cook down very soft..

  7. I asked last night (while I was making this recipe) if the onions really have to be cooked for 45 minutes. That post hasn’t been approved yet–please ignore it. πŸ™‚ The cooking process answered the question for me–YES THEY DO. They caramelized beautifully and became very sweet.
    This was amazing, and I wish I’d made more than I did. From now on I’m going to double the recipe!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Kathy, ha.. I answered that one first before seeing this one.. Yup they really need to cook and go soft for this recipe, so glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

    • Hi Kate,
      Love your site! Love your recipes! Question…do you think i could use the instant pot to cook those onions down? Maybe it would be quicker? I might have to try an experiment!

      • Drizzle Reply

        I don’t have an instant pot so I can’t give you a confirmed answer but I would think you could

  8. This recipe was to die for! I made it for company and they LOVED it! Took some to work, they LOVED it! I couldn’t find light gouda, I just used regular. Also, my onions didn’t caramelize, but they did cook down nice and mushy.

    • Drizzle Reply

      So glad everyone enjoyed it πŸ™‚ I’m not sure you have to really be concerned with the onions caramelizing, as long as they are cooked nice and soft πŸ™‚

  9. Made this dish today followed recipe except substituted Gouda for mozzarella. It was absolutely delicious & WW point friendly. Whole family loved it. Thank you !

    • Sheila Bowen Reply

      What did you serve with the chicken? I’m making this for supper and wondering “what do I have with it”? LOL

      • Drizzle Reply

        It is pretty filling so I suggest something light, salad, or maybe even some sort of bread, like a garlic knot or home made garlic toast

  10. Michelle Cummings Reply

    Oh my gosh…found your recipes today! I’ve been shopping and cooking all day!❀️ Made your broccoli soup , and French Onion Soup Chicken Recipe! YUM! Thanks so excited to try all the recipes I printed off! πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Michelle, yay.. I hope you love them all πŸ™‚

  11. Yum πŸ˜‹ thanks for sharing with us! So excited to try some more of your recipes!

  12. JuliAnn M Adams Reply

    I want to make these ahead to take to my daughter for a meal for the week. How should I prepare so that they can reheat or bake once I prepare?

  13. Ashley Stone Reply

    I made this this week and substituted thin sliced swiss cheese and this was delicious! Will definitely add this to my regular rotation!

    • Drizzle Reply

      So glad you enjoyed it Ashley, I love swiss cheese πŸ™‚

  14. We loved this recipe! My mister asked to have the leftovers for lunch and informed me that I was allowed to make it again…lol! Thanks!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Ha I love that! So glad you both enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  15. So dissapointed since ive loved all your recipes so far!! This sauce did not taste like french onion whats so ever!! All I could taste/smell was the vinegar..

    • Drizzle Reply

      So sorry you did not enjoy it, this is actually the first negative feedback I have had on this one but I understand I can’t please everyone, the recipe itself is not really supposed to taste like french onion soup if that is maybe what you were expecting.. maybe you could omit the vinegar?

  16. I made this last night. I used Velveeta mozzarella shreds and light swiss. It was killer! Definitely making again!

  17. Hi! First, your site is amazing. I’ve loved practically everything I’ve made. Made this one tonight… it was very watery in the pan… any ideas why how I can fix that for next time? The flavors are great, but it was not thick after it baked. Thanks!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Chelsie, do you mean the end result was watery or just the onion mix? I did have juices in the pan when I made it and just spooned some over the chicken.. but it was not overly watery

  18. Courtney Rees Reply

    This was absolute perfection! If you are thinking about making this, run to the store and grab the ingredients right now!

  19. I LOVE this recipe! Made it tonight for the second time and it was delicious.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Kelly, so glad you loved it, it is one of my favorites for sure, and so point friendly πŸ™‚

  20. Noreen Harnage Reply

    I made this tonight, but cut the recipe in half for my husband and I. It was delicious!! I will definitely be making it again.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Noreen, I am so glad you both enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  21. I just made this and it was AMAZING! Seriously incredible. My husband was skeptical but really enjoyed it as well! These weren’t just caramelized onions, they were almost in a glaze that coated the chicken. I can’t wait to make this again!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Yay, so glad you both enjoyed it, it is one of my favorites for sure!

  22. This was off the chain delicious! It tasted like something from a restaurant. The onions were amazing! Even my husband loved it! Thank you!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Mary, wow that is a great compliment, thank you πŸ™‚ so glad you both enjoyed it!

  23. Made this last night. was absolutely delish! Family loved it too! Thank you for the great recipe

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Christine, so glad everyone enjoyed it, one of my favorite meals for sure πŸ™‚

  24. Vicki McDaniel Reply

    Made this tonight and served it with mashed cauliflower, big hit with my family! Will be making more of your recipes. Thank you!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Vicki, I am so happy to hear the family enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  25. Anne Lagassey Reply

    I just made this recipe and I will admit, it took way longer than I’m used to for a recipe but I thought it looked so delicious, I tackled it. While bringing the serving dish to the table though, I told my husband, “I’m sure not making that again, it was too labor intensive for me (a low bar)!” Of course we LOVED it – I mean, “make for company” loved it and so I ate crow for dessert a I dug the printed copy of the recipe out of the trash to take it’s rightful place in my recipe binder. Thank you!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Haha I love this!! I know those onions take awhile but oh so worth it πŸ™‚ I am glad you will make it again..

  26. Since I’m the only one in my family who eats onions, I was thinking of making it for 4 and just freezing them to eat later. Do you think that will work?

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