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Juicy Faux Fried Chicken

by Skinny Ms.

Juicy Faux Fried Chicken

It’s the southern classic.  With that juicy, savory goodness, it’s the much-craved entreé called deep fried chicken. The only problem is that most fried chicken recipes are loaded with unhealthy fats. Not this one. Our Juicy Faux Fried Chicken is better then most fried chicken recipes because it isn’t fried at all, but you’d never guess that from its taste. This recipe is sure to be a classic at your house. Enjoy!

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Juicy Faux Fried Chicken

Juicy Faux Fried Chicken

Serves: 6 | Serving size: 1 chicken breast | Calories: 262 | Total Fat: 5 g | Saturated Fats: 1 g | Points Plus: 6 | Previous Points: 5 |Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 121 mg | Sodium: 358 mg | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Dietary fiber: 1 g | Sugars: 0 g | Protein: 42 g|


  • 1/2 cup non-fat buttermilk, OR 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice(or vinegar) mixed with (1/2 cup) 1 percent milk
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 6 medium to large (2 to 2 1/2 pounds) chicken breasts (not boneless), skin removed
  • 1/2 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

In a wide and shallow bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, mustard, garlic and hot sauce. Add chicken and flip to coat on both sides. Cover and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or for up to 8 hours.

Line a baking sheet with foil. Coat a wire cooling rack with olive oil or canola oil cooking spray.

Whisk the flour, paprika, thyme, baking powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Place the seasoned flour in a bowl with an airtight lid. Add the chicken 2 pieces at a time and shake with the lid on. Remove the chicken, shake off any excess flour, and place it on the rack.

Coat the top and sides of the chicken with cooking spray. You can make your own cooking spray, if desired, by filling this oil spray pump with canola or olive oil. Bake the chicken until golden brown and no longer pink in the center, 40 to 50 minutes.


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