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Weight Watchers Southern (Air) Fried Chicken

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Weight Watchers Southern (Air) Fried Chicken Recipe

Weight Watchers Southern (Air) Fried Chicken Recipe. When you’re on the hunt for a new dinner idea that doesn’t sacrifice flavor, this chicken is the way to go.

This recipe aligns with the Weight Watchers (WW) meal plan, making it a friend to your lifestyle while still satisfying your taste buds.

What’s the secret? It’s all about using the right ingredients and cooking method!

For this Weight Watchers chicken recipe, you’ll need key ingredients like buttermilk, pepper sauce, garlic powder, flour, and cornflakes.

The use of an air fryer provides that crispy texture without the extra calories from deep frying.

With simple household staples, you’ll find it easy to whip up this WW Dinner that’s both delightful and delicious.

Serving suggestions? This dish pairs wonderfully with a side of steamed vegetables or a refreshing salad. Whether it’s a family meal or hosting friends, this fried chicken alternative fits the bill.

Tips and tricks are always handy, aren’t they? Consider marinating the chicken overnight for a deeper flavor infusion.

The use of nonstick spray in the air fryer ensures that the coating stays on, giving you that perfect crunch.

Give it a try, and you might find it becoming a regular in your dinner rotation.

After all, who says a nutritious meal plan can’t include something as tempting as fried chicken? Not us, that’s for sure!

Weight Watchers Points

5 Points (2022/2023 Plan)

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Weight Watchers Southern (Air) Fried Chicken on a white plate with a small dish of ketchup.

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Closeup of a plate full of Weight Watchers Southern (Air) Fried Chicken.

Weight Watchers Southern (Air) Fried Chicken

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Weight Watchers Southern (Air) Fried Chicken Recipe is a must-try healthy WW Friendly dinner option that's full of flavor and only 5 Points.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinate 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Southern
Servings 4



  • In a 2-cup glass measuring cup, stir together the buttermilk, pepper sauce, garlic powder, and poultry seasoning until blended.
  • Place the chicken in a large zip-close plastic bag and add the buttermilk mixture.
  • Squeeze out the air from the bag and seal it.
  • Turn the bag to coat the chicken with the buttermilk mixture.
  • Refrigerate the chicken for at least 2 hours, or up to overnight.
  • On a sheet of wax paper, mix together the flour, paprika, onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • In a small bowl, beat the egg.
  • Place the crushed cornflakes on a separate sheet of wax paper.
  • Drain the chicken in a colander and discard the buttermilk mixture.
  • Sprinkle the chicken with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • Coat the chicken with the flour mixture, then dip it in the egg, allowing any excess to drip off.
  • Press the chicken into the cornflakes so that they adhere lightly.
  • Spray nonstick spray all over the chicken.
  • Preheat a 6- to 8-quart air fryer to 350°F or 360°F for 3 minutes, according to your air fryer's settings.
  • Spray the bottom and side of the fryer basket with nonstick spray.
  • Arrange the chicken in the basket, leaning the pieces against the side if needed to fit.
  • Air fry the chicken for 5 minutes.
  • Turn the chicken breasts carefully, making sure not to disturb the coating.
  • Air fry the chicken until the crust is golden and crispy, and a thermometer inserted into the chicken registers 165°F, about 5 minutes longer.
  • Serve the chicken with hot sauce.


Serving Size: 2 pieces chicken
5 Points (2022/2023 Plan)
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Calories: 548kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 57gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 193mgSodium: 1360mgPotassium: 1051mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1261IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 19mg
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