Weight Watchers Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Chicken is a delightful dish that combines the indulgent flavors of crispy Parmesan coating with the convenience of air frying. This recipe offers a healthier twist on a classic favorite, making it perfect for those following a Weight Watchers plan or anyone looking to enjoy a delicious meal without the guilt. With lean boneless, skinless chicken breasts as the star ingredient, this dish is packed with protein to keep you feeling satisfied.

The magic happens when the chicken breasts are generously coated in a mixture of light mayonnaise and minced garlic, providing a moist and flavorful base for the crunchy coating. Using whole wheat Panko breadcrumbs seasoned with reduced-fat Parmesan cheese and a touch of salt adds a satisfying crunch without excess calories. By opting for whole wheat Panko breadcrumbs and reducing the amount of high-fat ingredients like regular mayonnaise, this recipe keeps the SmartPoints value in check while still delivering on taste and texture.

Cooked to golden perfection in the air fryer with just a light spritz of olive oil, the result is tender and juicy chicken breasts encased in a flavorful Parmesan crust. The air fryer not only cuts down on added fats from traditional frying methods but also ensures an evenly crispy exterior without the need for excess oil. Garnished with fresh parsley for a pop of color and freshness, this dish is as visually appealing as it is delicious.

Whether served alongside roasted vegetables, atop a bed of mixed greens, or sliced and tucked into a whole wheat wrap, Weight Watchers Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Chicken is sure to become a go-to favorite in your meal rotation. It’s a guilt-free indulgence that proves healthy eating can be both satisfying and flavorful. So fire up your air fryer and enjoy a delicious meal that’s sure to please the whole family while staying on track with your wellness goals.

Weight Watchers Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Chicken


  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup seasoned whole wheat Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Olive oil spray
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped, for garnish


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the light mayonnaise and minced garlic.
  3. In another bowl, combine the seasoned whole wheat Panko bread crumbs, reduced-fat Parmesan cheese, and salt.
  4. Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board and pat them dry with paper towels.
  5. Spread the mayonnaise mixture evenly over both sides of the chicken breasts.
  6. Coat the chicken breasts evenly with the breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to adhere.
  7. Lightly spray the breaded chicken breasts with olive oil spray.
  8. Place the chicken breasts in the air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving space between each piece for proper air circulation.
  9. Air fry the chicken breasts for 15-20 minutes, or until they are golden brown and cooked through, flipping halfway through the cooking time.
  10. Once cooked, remove the chicken breasts from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes.
  11. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley before serving.
  12. Serve the Weight Watchers Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Chicken hot with your favorite sides or atop a salad for a delicious and satisfying meal.

Enjoy your WW-friendly crispy and flavorful chicken!