Baked Fried Chicken

Just because you are a weight watcher doesn’t mean you have to give up the good foods. The trick is just finding healthier, low calorie, low point total versions of your fattening favorites. And this Buttermilk Ranch Fried Chicken Recipe will be sure to satisfy your craving for fried chicken, but will use up only 6 of your daily points. We all know that traditional fried chicken recipes are loaded with fat and calories giving them very high Weight Watchers Points Values. I’ve seen some as high at 16 Points for ONE piece of chicken! Crazy. Instead, try this version, and you’ll be in fried chicken heaven. The key is that this Ranch Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe is not actually fried – it’s baked. But trust me when I tell you that this chicken is so yummy, you won’t miss the grease! And though it’s not an official one of Weight Watchers Chicken Recipes, it’s still a great meal idea for anyone who wants to enjoy tasty food at a lower calorie count.

Buttermilk Ranch Fried Chicken Recipe

– 12 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
– 2/3 cup reduced-fat buttermilk
– 1/3 cup Fiber One bran Cereal
– 1 packet Ranch Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix
– 1/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
– 1 tsp salt
– 1/2 tsp black pepper
– 1 tsp dried parsley flakes
– non fat cooking spray, butter flavored

In a Tupperware container, or large Ziploc bag, mix the buttermilk, salt, pepper and dried parsley flakes. Add the chicken, and coat it well. Refrigerate overnight or at least 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Lightly coat a large baking sheet with the butter flavored nonstick, non-fat cooking spray. In a food processor or blender, and grind the Fiber One cereal to a breadcrumb-like consistency. Pour the crumb mixture into a large bowl and add in the Panko bread crumbs and Ranch Salad Seasoning Mix. Remove each individual piece of chicken from the buttermilk, and dip it into the crumb/seasoning mixture. Make sure to coat each piece thoroughly. Lay each coated piece on the baking sheet. Give them all a quick once over spray with the butter flavored non-fat cooking spray. Bake for about 1-12 minutes on each side, or until the edges are crispy.

Entire recipe makes 2 servings
Each serving = 6 Points

photo credit: Food Network


  1. I just want to thank you for all the wonderful recipes that you have so diligently posted on your blog. Because of medical problems, I absolutely must change to healthier eating. I am aware that points have changed on recipes due to new Weight Watchers programs, but I am sure that I can make a lot of these recipes work for me. I know that it would be a huge task but it really would be helpful if nutritional information was included. I saw a scale advertised recently that SUPPOSEDLY calculates nutritional value when food information is entered. I may try to splurge and get one. Again, THANK YOU for all your dedication to your blog and for the help and information that you are bringing to your readers!!!!!

  2. i'm glad i found your website, but i joined WW almost 2 months ago using the new PointPlus system, so if you could convert the points or add the nutritional values, that would be great. Thanks!

    • With all my old recipes, I never included the nutritional stats…only the Points value. But when Weight Watchers started their new PointsPlus plan, I started to include the nutritional information for all of my recipes so that readers could use it to calculate the old Points value if they were still following it. As for all of my old recipes, I'm working on converting them over time so that they have the new PointsPlus value and the nutritional stats.

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  4. I tried this recipe and it was very good! I will make this one again. Instead of using a food processor (which I hate to get out and then clean), I put the Fiber One in a baggie and rolled it with a rolling pin until it was crushed. It only took 2-3 minutes.

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