Chicken fritters are a delicious and versatile dish that can be served as an appetizer, snack, or main course. However, many traditional recipes call for deep-frying, which can add unnecessary calories and unhealthy fats to the dish. However, this version of Weight Watchers Chicken Fritters makes healthy chicken fritters that are still crispy and flavorful.
These healthy chicken fritters are a great alternative to traditional deep-fried fritters. By using a little bit of oil instead deep frying and by using light cheese instead of full fat cheese, you can reduce the amount of calories and unhealthy fats in the dish.
Plus, the addition of fresh herbs and garlic adds flavor and nutrients to the dish.
Overall, making healthy chicken fritters is easy and delicious. With a few simple substitutions and cooking techniques, you can create a healthier version of this classic dish that your family and friends will love.
Three reasons why you need to try this Healthy Chicken Fritters recipe
- The effort is low, the reward is high.
The flavor you get out of these 2 point WW fritters is amazing compared to the amount of work it actually takes to make them. Anytime you can make a recipe that really doesn’t take that much effort, but tastes amazing, it’s worth adding to the weekly rotation.
- It’s a fun lean protein source.
We know we need lean protein in order to be healthy. But ground turkey and chicken breast can get old fast. These chicken fritters are lean, low carb, and high in protein. It’s a much more fun way to get your protein in.
- It’s basically healthy chicken nuggets!
Who doesn’t love chicken nuggets? They take up way too many points though. These chicken fritters will give you that chicken nugget fix you need, without using up your daily points. Even your kids will eat these!
Ingredients you need to make Weight Watchers Chicken Fritters:
- 16 oz boneless skinless chicken breast, weighed raw
- 1 egg
- 3 Tbsp flour
- 1 ½ Tbsp parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 garlic clove, diced
- Few tbsp of fresh basil, chopped
- 1 Tbsp dried chives
- 1 Tbsp dried parsley
- Pinch of salt & pepper
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 2 tsp cooking oil or cooking spray
How to make this cheesy chicken fritters recipe:
- Cut the chicken into very small pieces (the smaller the better) and place chicken pieces in a bowl. Add in the egg, flour, parmesan, mozzarella, garlic, and seasonings. Using a spoon, mix well.
- Heat a large frying pan over medium to low heat, and add the oil. You may also need to spray the pan with non-stick spray since you are not using much oil.
- Once pan is hot add in about 1/4 cup of chicken mixture per fritter. Don’t overcrowd the pan too much. Cook about 3 at a time.
- Cook fritters about 10 minutes each, turning a few times. Don’t have the temp too hot or they will cook too much on the outside and not enough on the inside.
Makes 6 chicken fritters. Nutrition info per fritter: Calories 154, Fat 6.5g, Carbs 2.9g, Fiber 0.1g, Sugar 0g, Protein 22.4g.
- Chicken breast 0 points
- Egg 0 points
- Flour 2 points
- Parmesan cheese 1 point
- Reduced-fat shredded mozzarella cheese 5 points
- Garlic, basil, chives, parsley 0 points
- Chili powder, salt, pepper 0 points
- Cooking oil 3 points
2 points per fritter based on the WW app recipe creator.
If you’re using an older version of WW, check out these points below.
Personal Points- 1-3 depending on your 0PP foods
Freestyle SP- (blue & purple) 1 using WW recipe builder
Smart Points- (green) 3 using WW recipe builder
Points Plus- 4 using PP calculator
Chicken Fritter variations:
- Air Fryer Version: Pop these chicken fritters in an air fryer for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. You won’t need to use the cooking oil, which will save you some points! They’ll be 1 point per fritter instead of 2.
- Mexican Version: Instead of basil and mozzarella, add some chopped green onion and light Mexican cheese blend. You can even throw in some diced bell peppers for more volume without extra points.
- Buffalo Ranch: Use a ranch seasoning packet in place of all the herbs and spices. Don’t add buffalo sauce to the mixture though- it will make the fritters too soggy. Once cooked, dip the fritters in buffalo sauce for a classic buffalo ranch version.
- You can substitute almond flour for the flour if you need a gluten free version. It will change the points, so make sure to check your WW app recipe creator.
- This is a great recipe to hide some veggies in! Grate zucchini onto paper towels. Let sit for a few minutes so the paper towels soak up excess water from the zucchini. You will also have to squeeze out any remaining water. Add to the mixture before making into fritters. The addition of the veggies won’t change the flavor, but it will add more volume, so you can get 8-10 fritters out of the recipe instead of 6.
Tips and Tricks.
- Chop the chicken really small. If your chicken chunks are too big, the patties won’t stick together. They won’t cook evenly either. It’s very important to make sure the chicken pieces are dime size to pea size.
- Save time: use lean ground chicken instead of using chicken breast. The texture won’t be exactly the same, but the flavor will be just as good. And you’ll save plenty of time by not having to chop all of that chicken into small pieces.
- Save effort: Use a food processor to chop chicken if you have one. It will save you a good bit of time and effort doing it this way. And the clean up is way easier. Just make sure to stop the food processor before the chicken gets too fine. You don’t want a paste.
Similar recipes you’ll enjoy:
- 27 Best Weight Watchers Chicken Recipes
- Weight Watchers Chicken Parmesan
- Olive Garden Grilled Chicken Margherita (copycat!)
And if you are looking for even more weight watchers recipes check out this collection of 30 of my favorite ww recipes.
Cheesy chicken fritters
- 16 oz boneless skinless chicken breast (weighed raw)
- 1 egg
- 3 Tbsp flour
- 1.5 Tbsp parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese (I used Trader Joe's)
- 1 garlic clove (diced)
- Fresh basil (chopped (I used a few Tbsp))
- 1 Tbsp chives (I used dried)
- 1 Tbsp parsley
- Pinch of salt & pepper
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 2 tsp cooking oil (I also used some cooking spray)
- Cut the chicken into very small pieces (the smaller the better) place chicken pieces in a bowl and add in the egg, flour, parmesan, mozzarella, garlic, and seasonings. Using a spoon, mix well.
- Heat a large frying pan over medium to low heat, add the oil *I also sprayed the pan with some cooking spray to help them not stick to the pan since you are not using much oil.
- Once pan is hot add in about 1/4 cup of chicken mixture per fritter, don't overcrowd the pan too much, I cooked 3 at a time. Cook fritters about 10 minutes each, turning a few times, don't have the temp too hot or they will cook too much on the outside and not enough on the inside.
- Store chicken fritters in the fridge and they will freeze well.
Do you think I could use ground chicken breast in this recipe? Thanks!
Yes I think so, it will be more of a burger style but still delicious 🙂
These look really good. Thinking about using ground chicken in my freezer.
I’m in Ontario as well – where are you finding Trader Joe’s LF cheese?
I cross the border to shop at TJ’s it is a U.S store only unfortunately
Made these tonight and oh wow!!! I used ground chicken breast and they were delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe!!!
So glad you enjoyed them 🙂
Will the uncooked mixture freeze alright? I’d like to freeze mixture & fry them fresh.
Go to Loblaws in their dairy section. If you’re concerned about quality (ie: organic), then check out their organics section, or any store that sells organic foods. If you’re not concerned about quality, then just grab a block of any low fat cheese.
Could you use ground chicken?
Yes I think so, will be slightly different in texture but still delicious 🙂
Do you think you could make these in an air fryer?
I think so, I was going to try it next time I make them .. If you try it let me know how they turn out please 🙂
I made these in the air fryer tonight. 350 degrees for 10 minutes in a single layer. They were really good, thanks for the recipe!
Hi Lisa, glad you enjoyed them, thanks for the air fryer tips 🙂
Thanks Jane, so glad you are enjoying them 🙂
I did and they came out great!
Could thrde be made in an air fryer?
Yes I would think so
Hi are the chicken fritters 3 points for 3 fritter or 3 points for 1 on smart points.
Hi the fritters are 1SP each on freestyle
Curious if anyone did make them with ground chicken and what they thought.?.?
Hopefully someone can give you some insight. I think they would be good, more like a burger 🙂
Excited to make these! When do we use the 3Tbsp of flour?
Sorry I forgot to add it in the instructions but it is with everything else as seen in the picture, I just updated it thanks for letting me know 🙂
The chicken fritters were delicious. What’s the difference between smart points and freestyle points. I wasn’t sure how many points the fritters were
Freestyle is still smartpoints however before freestyle it was smart points beyond the scale (WW should have changed it up to make it less confusing) so when I list both freestyle and smart points you want freestyle, the Sp is for people that still follow old smart points
Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now but this is my first time commenting. I’ve made many of your recipes (especially love the bubble ups, and now regularly customize my own!) but I have to say that this one was so incredibly delicious. I made some small flavor changes to use what I had at home (green onion instead of basil, a Mexican cheese blend instead of mozzarella, and added some bell pepper) but followed your technique exactly. They were scrumptious! My wife and I both enjoyed them for dinner and then for lunches throughout the week. We loved them with a squeeze of lime on top and a nice big green salad. My mom made them exactly as written and also loved them, with a squeeze of lemon in her case! She said she also wants to try my southwest-inspired version. Anyway. This is a very long comment but I just had to tell you and also thank you! Thanks so much for all of the inspiration your site gives.
Hi Savannah, Thank you so much for taking the time out (never complain about a long comment, I love reading them) it is always humbling to see the appreciation from my followers, so glad you all enjoyed the fritters and hope you continue to enjoy the recipes 🙂
Using 1/4 cup batter per fritter, how many fritters does this make?
Hi, the recipe states that it makes 6 fritters
Boy – either I’m off or you’re off or the WW recipe builder in the app (late Jun , 2019) is off. I ran it through the recipe builder on the app, so it would be easier to track, and made only 1 change: I subbed Kraft fat free mozzarella (½ cup/1 FSP), for the TJ’s reduced fat mozzarella (½ cup/4 FSP), and it came out to 2 Freestyle Smart Points per fritter. With reduced fat cheese instead of fat free, it came out to 3 FSP per fritter! I will probably make them, but 6 points for two is a big difference from 2 points for two!
HI Laura, I always use my WW recipe builder.. here is my breakdown on my App.. Flour 2SP, Parm 1SP, oil 3SP cheese 2SP (the TJ mozza is 2SP for 2oz)
This recipe looks fantastic! I am going to make them today. I think the point discrepancy the reader mentioned above may come from the shredded cheese which you say is 2SP for 2 oz, but the recipe calls for 1/2 cup or 4 oz. Do you use 2oz or 4oz of cheese in the recipe?
Hi Lisa, actually 2oz of shredded cheese is 1/2 cup, 1oz is 1/4 cup.. Google it or weigh it out.. I always remember buying the Trader Joes light shredded mozzarella and they had nutritional info on the package per 1oz which weighed out to 1/4 cup 🙂 I hope you enjoy the fritters
Oh Kate!! These are so so good! My family loves them! I’ll probably be making these quite a bit now so I will want to change it up sometimes so my family doesnt get bored. What do you think about adding in some Ranch seasoning packet. How do you think that would taste? I started WW a year and a half ago and your site has been a lifesaver. We love your recipe’s!
HI Rhonda, so glad everyone enjoys them 🙂 I think the ranch would be a delicious addition 🙂 if they like spicy you could also go that route, add in some franks and maybe cajun/cayenne 🙂
Update….i just made them and added the ranch seasoning packet and they are superb!!! I doubled your recipe so I would have some for lunch this week except I only did 5 Tbsp of flour and then added 1 packet of ranch seasoning. They come out to 2 points each (freestyle) but you can have 3 for 5 points.
That is awesome, thanks so much for sharing 🙂
Hello, just found your blog….do you have a cookbook?! Great recipes! ?
No I don’t but would love to one day.. Thanks, I hope you enjoy them 🙂
This looks wonderful! Do you think almond and/or coconut flour would work ok?
Probably since you don’t use much, I know baking with almond flour is a lot different but it should be ok in these
How would you reheat from frozen? As a single person the recipes for 4 can be a lot but are often tough to half or quarter small amounts. This looks amazing.
Hi Missi, you could probably freeze this before cooking as well. then dethaw and cook as normal, or to reheat I’d use oven or even air fryer
I made these cheesy chicken fritters last night for dinner with a steamed vegetable medley on the side and 1/4 cup instant mashed potatoes and they were delicious! I am eating leftovers for lunch and I’m enjoying the chicken fritter all over again. I will for sure be making these again!
Yay, so glad you enjoyed them, they really are a delicious simple low point meal 🙂
Made these tonight with Ground turkey and they are a hit! Not sure about points but they are delicious thanks for sharing all these wonderful recipes!
Hi Lindsay, so glad you enjoyed them 🙂 they would be the same points since both turkey/chicken are a zero point food 🙂
Awesome! Quick and easy to make! They were a hit here in my house, too! I air-fried them and that went really well. Thank you for all of your help!
Yay, so glad you all enjoyed them 🙂
These are amazing! Thank you! Thank you!
Glad you enjoyed them Jill 🙂
Made these tonight……. delicious. I will try the ground chicken next time. Thanks whoever made that suggestion
So glad you enjoyed them Mary 🙂
These were fantastic. I used ground chicken and added onion powder and a sprinkle of paprika. SOOO good.
So glad you enjoyed them Lisa 🙂
Do you think I could fix the mixture, mold into patties & freeze them without frying, then just fry up a couple of patties from the freezer as I want them or should they be completely cooked before freezing? Love your site. Follow your recipes all the time.
Hi, yes I think that would work just fine 🙂
Hi! These look delicious? Do you think these could be baked instead of pan fried?
Hi Michelle, I don’t see why not, you could also possibly air fry them too
I made these today and they turned out great! Not sure this size recipe would feed 6. I think it would be more like 3, maybe 4. I can’t have garlic and spices right now so I removed the garlic and chili powder and added onion powder and cumin instead. I cooked them in the air fryer too so cut the oil from 2 tsp to 1 tsp which is always nice. Plan on serving with baked sweet potatoes and salad. Cutting up the chicken into tiny pieces wasn’t that fun. I’ve made similar recipes with ground chicken and can say that I like the chunky aspect to the texture of these fritters. So in the end, it was worth taking the time to cut it up. Definitely worth making.
Hi Erica, the serving size doesn’t necessarily mean it feeds that many, it is so you know the points/nutritional number per serving
Hi! Just to clarify this recipe makes 6 fritters total, correct? Just wondering if I should double the recipe for meal prep! Thanks!
Hi Kimmy, yes it makes 6 fritters, and 1 fritter is a serving simply for nutritional and point reference, not saying that one fritter is enough for a serving if that makes sense
I made these for dinner tonight. My husband and I loved them. Only thing I did differently is I used Kirkland Premium canned chicken. OMG theynwere beyond delicious. Mthank you for this recipe. Can’t wait to find more delicious WW recipes on your site.
Hi Barb, I am so happy you both enjoyed them 🙂
I’m not sure if the question was asked already.. but do you think you could bake them in the oven instead of pan frying? What temp and time do you think? If so… I live in an RV and things tend to turn out better in my convection oven. Thanks for your knowledge!! Your recipes look great!
Hi Laree… I think so yes, I’d cook about the same time you’d cook a chicken breast for, I usually do 350F for about 20-25 min, maybe check them around 15 min and flip over
OMG…..so amazingly delicious!!
🙂 so glad you enjoyed them Joanne
I made these last night, in an effort to save time I fried some as the recipe suggest and I baked some. Wow, they were amazing and definitely one I’ll be doing again. We actually found the baked ones had even more flavor, used some of the leftovers on a salad today without dressing.
Hi Robin, so glad to hear you enjoyed the fritters 🙂
Hi there! Instead of frying can I bake these instead? Thank you!
Hi Lauren, I think they will still cook ok in the oven, I know the air fryer works well
SO GOOD! I used my food processor the 2nd time I made these and what a difference in the labor involved with chicken.
Thanks for sharing that tip, so glad you enjoyed them 🙂
Hi there! Do you think corn could be added to them? They sound amazing. (ps: your garden salad looks way more appetizing than any I ever make ?)
Haha.. I’m not a huge fan of salad so I kept it pretty simple 🙂 I think you could definitely add corn to these fritters
Do you think the Kirkland cans of chicken would work for this recipe? Curious if anyone has ever tried it
I know some others have used canned chicken and it has worked out for them
Just saw this recipe and made them tonight. Excellent!
Hi Margie, so glad you enjoyed them 🙂
Hi! We love these.
If I wanted to make these ahead of time and RE-heat the next day, what’s the best way to re-heat?
HI Sarah, sorry for the late reply, I like popping them in the air fryer to re-heat, if you don’t have one then either the oven or in a frying pan will work just as well
These are sooo good! In the past month I have made these three times and me and my husband love them! So easy and delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and no changes need to be made. Perfect every time! Thank you for the great recipe!!
Hi Jodi, that is so great to hear, I’m so glad you both enjoyed them 🙂
Made these tonight for the first time and my entire family loved them! My daughter even asked me to pack some for her lunch tomorrow. This is the first recipe of yours that I have tried, and I’m so excited to try more! Thank you very much!