Healthier Alternatives to Your Favorite Fried Foods

Apr 16, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. ET
Baked chicken, egg rolls and pickles
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Fried food is kind of hard not to love. Crispy fried chicken, french fries — don’t forget about doughnuts! Oh, and churros too. It’s all delicious and is basically the ultimate comfort food. But with that crunchy comfort comes a lot of extra calories. As much as we love it, fried food is not always kind to our waistlines or kitchens — that oil splatter!  As we inch closer to warmer weather and further away from loose, drapey sweaters and bulky coats, why not try to keep it on the healthier side with some lighter versions of our favorite fried foods? I mean, after all, fewer calories in our dinner means more room for margaritas and ice cream later, right?

We rounded up some delicious alternatives (seriously) to your favorite fried foods. These dishes don’t compromise on crunch or taste and will satisfy your deep-fried desires without all the greasy regret. From crispy oven-fried chicken to baked egg rolls and General Tso's chicken, these lightened-up dishes deliver on flavor.

1 /9: Baked Fried Chicken

1/9 :Baked Fried Chicken

2 /9: Old-Fashioned Baked Cake Doughnuts

2/9 :Old-Fashioned Baked Cake Doughnuts

3 /9: Oven-Baked Fried Pickles

3/9 :Oven-Baked Fried Pickles

4 /9: Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

4/9 :Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

5 /9: Oven Fries

5/9 :Oven Fries

6 /9: Southwestern Baked Egg Rolls

6/9 :Southwestern Baked Egg Rolls

7/9 :Baked Churros

8 /9: Oven Baked Onion Rings

8/9 :Oven Baked Onion Rings

9 /9: Lighter General Tso's Chicken

9/9 :Lighter General Tso's Chicken