Cheesecake Factory Southern Fried Chicken Sliders | A Copycat Recipe

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A guilt-free copycat recipe for crispy baked chicken.

These two things probably don’t come to mind when you think of healthy food: Cheesecake Factory and fried chicken. And yet, here we are. This skinny version of the Cheesecake Factory’s Southern Fried Chicken Sliders lets you enjoy Southern comfort food without any of the guilt.

Cheesecake Factory Southern Fried Chicken Sliders

cheesecake factory southern fried chicken sliders

The Cheesecake Factory Southern Fried Chicken Sliders are a delicious way to enjoy fried chicken. They are served on a mini brioche bun and topped with creamy coleslaw and pickles.

They are made with 100% all-natural chicken and are seasoned with a blend of herbs and spices for an unforgettable flavor. You can enjoy these sliders as a snack or as an appetizer before your main meal. However, we’ve got the skinny on an alternative, healthier way of recreating these bad boys at home!

Our healthy Cheesecake Factory Southern fried chicken sliders are great because they don’t sacrifice flavor while remaining a healthy dinner! The chicken provides protein, the accompanying veggies provide important micronutrients, and the bun provides carbs. They are the ideal dinner for every occasion due to the blend of flavors and textures.

Whether you’re a Cheesecake Factory fanatic, a Southern fried chicken lover, or both, this recipe will put your favorite comfort food back on the table. Thank goodness for skinny copycat recipes!

Baked, Not Fried

The key to making the Cheesecake Factory Southern Fried Chicken Sliders more health-conscious? Ditch the fried chicken. For this skinny copycat recipe, we’ve swapped out fried chicken for a healthier baked chicken breast. Dipped in buttermilk and coated in a flavorful mix of Panko and spices, this chicken has all the crispy goodness of classic fried chicken without all the fat, calories, and overall heaviness. Once you taste this healthy baked chicken alternative, you may never go for real fried chicken again.

Even better: This chicken only needs about 10 minutes in the oven to cook. How much easier is that than  making traditional fried chicken at home? No need to worry about heating up all that oil and figuring out how to dispose of it later.

This skinny take on Cheesecake Factory’s Southern Fried Chicken Sliders wouldn’t be complete without the perfect combination of toppings. Whole wheat slider buns keep this recipe healthy (and, honestly, they’re tastier and more flavorful than traditional white bread buns, anyway). Place the crispy “fried” chicken on the buns and top it off with crunchy lettuce, sliced tomato, and (of course) a few dill pickle slices.

Comfort Food Made Skinny

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The Cheesecake Factory is known for a lot of things. Catering to the health conscious? Not so much. Fortunately, this skinny copycat recipe is here to resolve that minor issue. Each of these skinny sliders is just over 200 calories.

Enjoy a couple of them as a meal or serve ’em up as a tasty game day appetizer. And, since a good slider isn’t complete without a side of fries, why not serve these tasty southern fried chicken sandwiches with our healthy crispy oven fries? These sliders also go well with some of our other healthier alternatives, like baked sweet potato fries or crispy grilled rosemary fries.

You can also feel free to enhance these sliders with the healthy sauce or spread of your choice. Low fat mayo, a spicy chipotle sauce, or your favorite aioli will all go well with these crispy “fried” chicken sliders. Enjoy the perfect combination of comfort food, totally guilt free.

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Cheesecake Factory’s Southern Fried Chicken Sliders | Copycat Recipe

These wonderful sliders are baked to crispy perfection.
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 2 sliders
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American


  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat panko bread crumbs lightly pulsed in a food processor
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts cut in half to make 8 pieces (about 4 to 6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk low-fat
  • 8 whole-wheat slider buns
  • 4 lettuce leaves large, cut in half to make 8 pieces
  • 2 roma tomatoes sliced into 1/4 inch circles
  • 1 dill pickle large, sliced into 8 circles


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the panko, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Mix well.
  • Dip the chicken into the buttermilk and then dip the chicken into the panko and spices mixture. Place the coated chicken onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown and chicken is firm and cooked through.
  • Once cooked, place a piece of chicken onto each slider bun. Top with lettuce, tomato, and a pickle slice. Finish with the top slider bun. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2sliders | Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 789mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9
Keywords Budget-Friendly, High Protein, Kid-Friendly, Quick and Easy

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Chef Nichole

Nichole has a culinary degree from Great Lakes Culinary Institute and has worked in the culinary industry for 10 years. She also has the knowledge to write recipes using the most nutritious, fresh, and balanced ingredients. Nichole enjoys creating healthy and tasty recipes anyone can prepare, no matter their cooking skill level.

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