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Lemon Butter Chicken – Weight Watchers Freestyle

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Holy Moly! I thought this recipe might turn out good, but I had no idea it would be SO GOOD!!

It might get a little annoying when I tell you my family likes something I make. After all, you don’t know them. Why are you going to take their word for it? 🙂

Let me tell you about my younger daughter. She claims she doesn’t like chicken. What she really means is she only likes really good tasting chicken.

If I were to just grill up a chicken breast she would not want to eat it. She would rather starve.

This Lemon Butter Chicken was so good that even she loved it. She ate more than I did! Plus I made it in the Instant Pot which always makes dinner easy. 

She kept saying it was so good it tasted like it came from a Chinese restaurant. I don’t really think this dish tastes like Chinese food, but maybe because she ate hers over rice.

I used 1 lb. of boneless, skinless chicken tenders. There are 4 servings in this recipe and it is 3 Freestyle points per serving.

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Since it is only 3 Freestyle points per serving I ate my chicken with fettuccini noodles. I had a 1/2 cup of the noodles which was another 3 Freestyle points.

All together my dinner was 6 Freestyle points. I can promise you I will be making this dish again very soon.

The next time I make this I will probably try it with rice. I’m not really a fan of Minute Rice and I didn’t feel like taking the time to make good rice last night, that’s why I had pasta. The sauce from the chicken is so good drizzled on the chicken and noodles.

I think my daughter would have drunk the sauce if I had let her…I’m not even kidding.

 If you’re looking for some zero point recipes, check out my post 20 Zero Point Recipes or my post 20 (More) Zero Point Recipes. Both are filled with delicious recipes that won’t cost you a single point! They’re perfect for days when you’re running low on points, or trying to save up points for a night out.

 If you’re looking for dessert recipes you can visit 50 Weight Watchers Freestyle Desserts. It’s filled with delicious desserts perfect for Weight Watchers! 

Lemon Butter Chicken – Weight Watchers Freestyle
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Yield: 4 Servings (3 points per serving for blue and purple, 5 points for green)

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Course: Main Course
Keyword: freestyle, weight watchers, WWFreestyle
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  1. Turn the Instant Pot to saute. Melt the butter then add the onion and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes while stirring occasionally.

  2. Scrape the onions to the side and add the chicken tenderloins. Sear it on both sides, about 3 minutes per side.

  3. Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, paprika, salt and pepper.

  4. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock it. Make sure the lever is set to seal. Press the manual button and set the time for 8 minutes.

  5. Once the time is up turn the Instant Pot off and do a quick release of pressure. Once the steam is released, carefully remove the lid.

  6. Remove the chicken from the Instant Pot, leaving just the liquid.

  7. Put the cornstarch in a small bowl and add about 1 tablespoon of the liquid. Stir together until it is blended and add it back to the Instant Pot.

  8. Set the Instant Pot to saute so the mixture simmers. Stir constantly until the sauce thickens. Turn off the saute and add the chicken back to the sauce, then serve.

Recipe Rating


Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Made this last night and OMG it is "a keeper". That is a direct quote from my picky husband.

I did add a little bit more lemon juice when I added the cornstarch to the pot. It gave it a really fresh lemon kick! We paired it with some fresh red pepper pasta we picked up at our local farmers market and some green beans.

I can not wait to eat the leftovers for lunch today. Thank you!

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Sunday 23rd of June 2019

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Wednesday 13th of March 2019

Is there a mistype or does the recipe really use 3 whole bulbs/heads of garlic instead of 3 cloves?


Wednesday 13th of March 2019

It should definitely be clove! Sorry about that. :)


Wednesday 20th of February 2019

What brand of fettuccine did you use for 3 points? I sent my husband to the store and he got the Walmart brand (6 points for 2 ounces vs your 3)


Thursday 31st of January 2019

I made this last night and the flavors were ok but next time I will omit the paprika. Adding that into the sauce changed the beautiful lemon butter sauce an ugly orange tint.

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