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French onion chicken

January 21, 2018

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
Recipe type: Main meals
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Serves: 4
2SP freestyle, 5SP/5PP
  • 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- 6oz chicken breast (if following freestyle they can be larger)
  • ⅔ cup light gouda shredded cheese (77 grams)
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F
  4. When onions are cooked add in thyme and garlic. Add in flour and mix well. Stir in ½ cup of your chicken broth and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in remaining chicken broth, vinegar and mustard, bring to a boil, the sauce should thicken at this point.
  6. Place your chicken in a sprayed casserole dish, top with your onion mixture and bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove and add your shredded gouda cheese (can substitute for another cheese if you wish)
  8. Turn oven to broil and broil for 5 minutes until cheese is melted.
  9. Serve immediately, makes 4 servings. Can be frozen.
SP Freestyle- 2 using WW recipe builder
Smart points- 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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  • Reply Sharon January 21, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this site. THANK YOU!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle January 23, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks Sharon 🙂 hope you enjoy all the recipes!

  • Reply Anne January 21, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Looks excellent! I will definitely be trying it this week! Love your blog!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle January 23, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      Thank you Anne, hope you enjoy the chicken dish 🙂

  • Reply Sarah January 21, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Hi! Being a fellow Ontarian, just wondering where you got the light Gouda from?
    Looks amazing!
    Thanks 🙂

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle January 23, 2018 at 12:47 pm

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

  • Reply Kenzie January 23, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    What’s the difference between SP and SP freestyle?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle January 25, 2018 at 11:38 am

      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

  • Reply Lisa January 23, 2018 at 5:52 pm

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

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle January 25, 2018 at 11:39 am

      I hope you all enjoyed it 🙂

    • Reply Wendy January 30, 2018 at 1:29 am

      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! 😉

      • Drizzle
        Reply Drizzle January 31, 2018 at 12:23 pm

        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!

  • Reply Monica January 26, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Had this tonight, it was delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle January 27, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      Hi Monica, you are very welcome, so glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Reply Donna January 27, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    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 Drizzle January 31, 2018 at 12:14 pm

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

  • Reply mary chaisson January 28, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    so you really cook the onions for 45 min?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle January 31, 2018 at 12:18 pm

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

  • Reply Linda January 31, 2018 at 11:19 pm

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

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle February 2, 2018 at 6:05 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Linda, and I like your thinking 🙂

  • Reply Lynn February 1, 2018 at 8:07 am

    This site is lovely…I’ll be fixing that chicken! Thanks …

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle February 2, 2018 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks Lynn, I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  • Reply Lynn Beener February 4, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    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 Drizzle February 6, 2018 at 11:37 am

      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

  • Reply Kathy J February 5, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Do you really have to cook those onions for 45 minutes?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle February 6, 2018 at 11:43 am

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

  • Reply Kathy J February 6, 2018 at 9:50 am

    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. 🙂 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 Drizzle February 6, 2018 at 11:44 am

      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 🙂

  • Reply Debbie February 13, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    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 Drizzle February 14, 2018 at 6:24 pm

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

  • Reply Wanda February 13, 2018 at 3:06 pm

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

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle February 14, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Awesome, so glad everyone enjoyed it 🙂

    • Reply Sheila Bowen February 16, 2018 at 2:44 pm

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

      • Drizzle
        Reply Drizzle February 17, 2018 at 3:43 pm

        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

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