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Southern-Style Fried Chicken

Points® value
Total Time
30 min
20 min
10 min
Buttermilk makes our chicken tender, a just-right seasoning blend adds extra zing, and the air fryer brings the crispy.


1% low-fat buttermilk

¾ cup(s)

Tabasco pepper sauce

3 tsp(s), or Frank's brand, (1-2 tablespoons), mild

Garlic powder

1 tsp(s)

Poultry seasoning

¾ tsp(s)

Uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast

1¼ pound(s), 4 (5-ounce) breasts

All-purpose flour



1 tsp(s)

Onion powder

1 tsp(s)

Kosher salt

1 tsp(s)


1 pound(s)

Cornflake crumbs

1 cup(s)

Cooking spray

4 spray(s)


  1. Stir together buttermilk, pepper sauce, garlic powder, and poultry seasoning in 2-cup glass measure until blended. Put chicken in large zip-close plastic bag; add buttermilk mixture. Squeeze out air and seal bag; turn to coat chicken. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  2. Mix together flour, paprika, onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt on sheet of wax paper. Beat egg in small bowl. Place crushed cornflakes on separate sheet of wax paper. Drain chicken in colander, discarding buttermilk; sprinkle chicken with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Dredge chicken in flour mixture, then dip in egg, allowing excess to drip off. Coat chicken with cornflakes, lightly pressing so they adhere. Spray nonstick spray all over chicken.
  3. Depending on air fryer settings, preheat 6- to 8-quart air fryer to 350°F or 360°F for 3 minutes. Spray bottom and side of basket with nonstick spray. Arrange chicken in basket, leaning pieces against side of basket as needed to fit. Air fry 5 minutes. Turn breasts being careful not to disturb coating. Air fry until crust is golden and crispy and instant-read thermometer inserted into chicken registers 165°F, 5 minutes longer. Serve with hot sauce.
  4. Per serving: 2 pieces chicken


Fried chicken demands coleslaw! Use packaged coleslaw mix, a splash of vinegar, a sprinkling of chopped fresh parsley, salt and pepper to taste, and a big dollop of plain fat-free yogurt for richness and tang (all for zero Points).