French Onion Chicken Breast - Slender Kitchen

French Onion Chicken Breast

By Kate Cross
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French Onion Chicken Breast with all the flavor of a traditional French Onion soup but in a healthy chicken recipe that you and your family will love.

I love everything about French Onion soup and it has been on the top of my recipe development list for a long time. With the new Weight Watchers Freestyle program, I am always thinking about ways to create low point recipes that taste indulgent, so when I thought of combining this delicious soup with a lean chicken breast, I couldn't wait to get started. 

French Onion Soup Chicken on a plate with shredded melted cheese.

To create the same flavors of French Onion soup, I started by caramelizing onions to get a deep and rich flavor. I used red onions, since they are my favorite, but you could use any onion you like. Then once the onions are tender and caramelized, they are flavored with thyme, Dijon mustard, and a touch of balsamic vinegar. This adds depth and richness to the onion, plus it mimics the same flavors traditionally used in the soup. I could eat a pan of these onions by themselves. They are so so good. Finally the onions are finished off with chicken broth to create a soup like sauce and then piled onto chicken breast. Everything is topped with shredded cheese. Yum. 

French Onion Soup Chicken on a plate with lettuce and tomato salad.

Here are some tips for making this Healthy French Onion Soup Chicken

  • It's important to spend the extra time caramelizing the onions to truly get the French Onion soup flavor. This create the rich, oniony flavor you expect. If you plan on making this on a busy weeknight, just caramelzie the onions ahead of time. 
  • Traditionally French Onion soup is made with beef broth. I opted to use chicken broth since it is a chicken dish, but if you want that rich beef flavor, use beef broth instead.
  • This recipe freezes well, so I usually make a double or triple batch to freeze the leftovers.

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  • 4 cups onions, sliced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 U cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.5 tbsp flour (GF if needed )
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 24 oz. boneless skinless chicken breast (if following freestyle they can be larger)
  • 2/3 cup light gouda shredded cheese

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
6 oz. chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 318
Calories from Fat 64
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 103mg
Sodium 347mg
Total Carbohydrate 15g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 6g
Protein 44g


Meet Kate Cross

Hi, my name is Kate from Drizzle Me Skinny. I just enjoy creating weight watcher friendly foods in the comfort of my kitchen, and that is what you will find in this website. I keep things pretty simple, a lot of my recipes are basic ingredients that most people have in their kitchen.  Learn More
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French Onion Chicken Breast is a healthy spin on French Onion soup with caramelized onions, thyme, and melted cheese all on a lean chicken breast.
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