Just because you are a Weight Watcher doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods! The trick is just learning how to prepare a healthier, lower calorie version that ends up being lower in Weight Watcher Points.

One of my readers requested a delicious Weight Watchers Fried Chicken Recipe, and after looking around and experimenting a bit in the kitchen, I have finally found this super crispy and yummy Southern Style Oven Fried Chicken Recipe that’ll knock your socks off! The crust is so deliciously yummy and savory and the chicken is so tender and juicy, no one will suspect that this is actually a low calorie fried chicken recipe!

By making a few adjustments in the traditional fried chicken recipes, I was able to take this American favorite and turn it from an average of 11 Weight Watchers Points per serving to just 4 Weight Watcher Points, simply by eliminating the chicken skin and the oil – and this chicken is SO good, you won’t miss ’em! The chicken is actually “oven-fried”, so that will save you a TON of calories, but without sacrificing the taste. And I’ve added a few tricks into the recipe to still make you feel like you are eating a “bad” food, so you can enjoy it :).

This Weight Watchers Southern Fried Chicken Recipe is one of the Weight Watchers Recipes that will be a staple in your meal plan for a long time to come!

Weight Watchers Southern Style Oven Fried Chicken Recipe


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pam Butter Flavored Non-Fat, Nonstick Cooking Spray
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp granulated onion powder
  • 3 oz buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup cornflake crumbs, crushed finely
  • 1 pound uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, four 4-oz pieces*

* You can use chicken wings and drumsticks with this recipe as well, just make sure to remove the skin


  1. Preheat oven to 365ºF. Lightly coat an 8 X 8 X 2-inch baking dish with the butter flavored nonstick, non-fat cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Combine flour, salt, pepper, onion powder and cayenne pepper together in a medium-size bowl.
  3. Place buttermilk and corn flakes crumbs in 2 separate shallow bowls.
  4. Roll chicken breast halves in flour mixture and evenly coat each side.
  5. Next dip chicken into buttermilk and then corn flakes crumbs.
  6. Place coated chicken breasts in prepared baking dish.
  7. Spray chicken with a light coating of the Butter Flavored non-fat cooking spray.
  8. Bake until chicken is tender and no longer pink, about 25 to 30 minutes (there is no need to flip the chicken during baking). Makes 4 servings.

Serving size is 1 chicken breast
Each serving = 4 Weight Watchers Points


  1. Hi. If I made this in my airfryer what temperature and how long would you suggest I cook it for?

  2. Cafegirl

    I wish the picture was a more accurate depiction of the recipe! Tried this recipe, it was okay. The breading on the bottom of our chicken turned to mush and was not pleasant at all, ruined the dish for us. We will not be making this again :(

    • This recipe is wonderful. For those of you who say it didn’t turn out right make sure you follow the directions to a T. Cuz this turned out perfect for us. Nice and crispy.

  3. for extra flavour marinate your chicken in a mix of buttermilk, black pepper and a bit of mustard overnight before doing the recipe, your chicken will be even more juicy and tender.

  4. can not wait to try this. love fried chicken. this sounds so much better

  5. Is the measurement for the cornflakes before or after they’re crushed?

    • Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

      After–if it were before, you’d never have enough!

  6. Traci Washington

    OMG!! This was absolutley wonderful. I am totally pleased. I was so impressed i am going to repeat this again tonight.  I have to admit i over cooked and i still enjoyed it. I am new to weight watchers and i am really satisfied.   

  7. Just tried this recipe and it was delicious. My three kids loved it and never knew it was weight watchers.

  8. I tried this recipe last night and was not too impressed. I used Dijon Mustard as a dipping sauce, which made it better. But without it all I could taste was Cornflakes! The chicken was juicy, so next time I would add more cayenne and maybe some chili flakes to mask the Cornflakes taste.

  9. CC greenwell

    i tried this recipe some years ago, and it was ok. I tried it this time with a few changes, and must i say this was the best! My family really liked it! thnks WW.

  10. cheryl squire

    This was fantastic. My family had no idea it was good for them!!

  11. First off, I didn't have any buttermilk so I used an alternative of 2% milk mixed with a tablespoon of white vinegar and I tried it with crushed up Fiber One Honey Cluster flakes instead of regular flakes….OMG! It was sooo good with that extra kick of honey flavor! ^___^

  12. This "fried" baked chicken recipe was AWESOME! Thank you!


  14. This recipe is wonderful. I have been craving fried chicken since I've joined WW and now I don't have to. Pair this with spicy baked fries and this southern girl's heart just sings.

  15. I tried this one but I didn't have any corn flakes so I used Total Whole Wheat flakes. It tasted terrible! All I could taste was the Total wheat flakes and the chicken was lost as well as all the other seasonings. I will try it once more using the corn flake crumbs and see if it's better. I was really excited about this recipe so hopefully it will be much better the second time around.