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Weight Watchers Southern (Air) Fried Chicken

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!

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

Weight Watchers Points

5 Points (2022/2023 Plan)

Tips and Tricks

Marinating the Chicken

For maximum flavor, let the chicken marinate in the buttermilk mixture overnight. This helps tenderize the meat and infuses it with the spices.

Coating the Chicken

To ensure the cornflake crumbs stick well, pat the chicken dry with paper towels after draining the buttermilk mixture. This step helps the flour, egg, and cornflakes adhere better.

Even Coating

Use a shallow dish or pie plate for the flour mixture, beaten egg, and cornflake crumbs. This allows you to coat the chicken more evenly and with less mess.

Preheating the Air Fryer

Preheating the air fryer is crucial for achieving a crispy crust. Make sure to follow your air fryer’s preheating instructions for the best results.

Arranging the Chicken

If your air fryer basket is small, cook the chicken in batches. Avoid overcrowding the basket to ensure even cooking and crispiness.

Turning the Chicken

When turning the chicken, use tongs to gently flip each piece. This helps maintain the coating and prevents it from falling off.

Checking Doneness

Always use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken. It should reach 165°F to ensure it’s fully cooked and safe to eat.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the air-fried chicken with a side of coleslaw, roasted vegetables, or a fresh green salad. Drizzle with additional hot sauce or serve it on the side for those who like extra heat.

Storing Leftovers

Store any leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat in the air fryer at 350°F for a few minutes to maintain the crispiness.

Customizing the Spice Level

Adjust the amount of Tabasco sauce and other seasonings according to your taste preference. For a milder version, reduce the hot sauce, or for more spice, add extra.

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

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Ninja DZ201 Foodi 8 Quart 6-in-1 DualZone 2-Basket Air Fryer with 2 Independent Frying Baskets

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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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