Recipes // 09.24.13 // 2 Comments

Comfort Food Made Healthy: Skinny Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is an indulgence just about everyone loves… but we all know it's not the best choice if we want to fit into an amazing dress in the back of the closet.

Comfort Food Made Healthy: Skinny Fried Chicken

QVC's David Venable has a tasty work-around in the form of his famous Skinny Fried Chicken. It tastes as good as the real thing, but won't pack on the pounds.


12 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2'' thick
2 cups buttermilk
1 Tbsp hot sauce
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups cornflake crumbs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp poultry seasoning

Bethenny suggests trying the same recipe with tofu!


Rinse the chicken in cold water, then place it in a zip-top plastic bag. Add the buttermilk and hot sauce. Close the bag, shake until the chicken pieces are fully coated, and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

Place the oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F.

Spray or brush a cooling rack with cooking oil and place it in a roasting pan or on a baking sheet. Set aside.

Pour the flour onto a plate. Set aside.

Mix the cornflake crumbs, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and poultry seasoning well in a medium-size bowl until the ingredients are evenly distributed.

Pull the chicken breasts out of the bag and place them onto a plate. Pour the marinade into a medium-size bowl. Dredge each breast through the flour until fully coated, but shake off any excess. Then, coat the chicken in the reserved marinade followed by the cornflake crumb mixture.

Arrange the chicken pieces onto the prepared cooling rack. Bake for 15 minutes at 400°F, then lower the oven temperature to 350°F and cook for another 15–20 minutes, or until cooked through and crispy.


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312 days ago

Bethenny, what brand of hot sauce do you use in your recipes?

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330 days ago

Would love to know, for the tofu option, if the baking temperatures and times are the same. Also, what type of tofu is best to use... firm, extra firm?

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