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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders! Made with strips of chicken tenders, and spice seasoned panko breadcrumbs. No deep frying, yet still absolutely delicious!

healthy breaded chicken tenders

AIR FRYER CHICKEN TENDERS

Air fryer chicken tenders are the ultimate finger foods for kids and grown-ups alike. Each chicken strip is coated with a perfectly seasoned breadcrumb crust and then cooked in the air fryer until crispy and tender.

I like making homemade air fry chicken strips, because they are so much healthier than the deep fried versions. The great thing about the air fryer is that the tenders get super crispy with way less oil. This air fryer recipe for beaded chicken tenders only requires a little olive oil spray.

Ingredients for Breaded Chicken:

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Chicken Tenders: or chicken breasts sliced into strips.

Paprika: Adds a nice color and a mild, savory earthiness.

Garlic powder: Extra flavor.

Salt: The essential.

Panko Breadcrumbs: Adds a lighter breadcrumb coating that crisps up perfectly in the air fryer.

Eggs: Helps the breadcrumbs adhere to the chicken tenders.

Olive Oil Spray

LOOK HOW CRISPY!

air fryer chicken tenders

How to Make Chicken Tenders in the Air Fryer:

  • Pat dry the chicken with paper towels and season with salt.
  • Place egg and beat in a shallow bowl. In a second shallow bowl, combine the Panko breadcrumbs and seasonings.
  • Dip chicken in the egg, then into the breadcrumb mixture and shake off excess.
dredging the tenders
  • Place on a large baking sheet or cutting board.
place on a large baking sheet or cutting board.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400 F.
  • In batches, place breaded raw chicken tenders in the air fryer basket and spray generously with olive oil spray.
  • Cook the chicken 5 to 6 minutes on each side (spray again with olive oil spray when you flip them) until the chicken is cooked through and crispy and golden on the outside.
  •  Repeat with remaining chicken.
  • Serve these panko chicken air fryer tenders with lemon wedges and a side salad and enjoy!
breaded and dredged chicken strips

Sauces to Serve with Air Fryer Tenders

There’s endless options here. This is a list of ideas to get you started:

  • Ketchup
  • Ranch
  • Honey mustard
  • BBQ sauce
  • Marinara sauce
  • Sweet chili sauce
  • Or just spritz with lemon juice right before serving.

Possible Variations and Tips:

  • If you don’t own an air fryer, you could bake these breaded chicken tenders. Bake in preheated oven at 425 F until chicken is cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes, turning half way through.
  • If your grocery store doesn’t sell chicken tenders, you can make your own from a boneless skinless chicken breast, by slicing it lengthwise into strips (about a 1/2-inch thick).
  • For more intense garlic flour use 1 tablespoon minced garlic (add to the panko breadcrumbs) rather than using garlic powder.
  • Use an instant read thermometer to test for doneness in center of the chicken. Temperature should read 165 degrees, don’t cook over or they’ll start to dry.
  • If some chicken tenders are smaller you may want to check those first and remove early.
air fryer chicken tenders

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate chicken tenders in an airtight storage container for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat. Rewarm leftovers at 350 degrees F in the air fryer or oven.
  • To Freeze. Lay cooked chicken tenders in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze until solid, then transfer the frozen tenders to an airtight, freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Reheat directly from frozen.

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NOTE: This recipe was made using the Cosori Air Fryer. If you’re using a different air fryer, you may need to adjust your cooking time accordingly. Thinner chicken will cook faster than larger wings.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are Tenderloins and Tenders the Same?

Chicken tenders and chicken tenderloins are the same thing coming from the same portion of the bird. They just have a slightly different

name, you’ll see them labeled either way and can use either one.

HOW LONG DO YOU COOK CHICKEN TENDERS IN THE AIR FRYER?

Air fry chicken strips for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, turning halfway. Until the chicken is cooked through and crispy and golden on the outside. *Temperature should read 165 degrees, when measured by an instant read thermometer.

More Air Fryer Recipes, you’ll Love:

Air Fryer Salmon

Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

Air Fryer Tilapia

Air Fryer Chicken Breast

Air Fryer Steak Tips

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

You’re going to love this air fryer crispy chicken tenders recipe so much you’ll never want to have them any other way again. Let me know in the comments below how it turned out for you? I’d love to know!  

The Best Homemade Chicken Tenders in Air Fryer:

air fryer chicken tenders

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders! Made with strips of chicken tenders, and spice seasoned panko breadcrumbs. No deep frying, yet still absolutely delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds chicken tenders, about 12
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • Olive oil spray

Instructions

  1. Pat dry the chicken with paper towels and season with half tablespoon of salt.
  2. Place egg and beat in a shallow bowl. In a second shallow bowl, combine the Panko breadcrumbs, seasonings and rest of salt.
  3. Dip chicken in the egg, then into the breadcrumb mixture and shake off excess and place on a large baking sheet or cutting board.
  4. Preheat air fryer to 400 F.
  5. In batches, place chicken in the air fryer basket and spray generously with olive oil spray.
  6. Cook the chicken 5 to 6 minutes on each side (spray again with olive oil spray when you flip them) until the chicken is cooked through and crispy and golden on the outside. *Temperature should read 165 degrees, when measured by an instant read thermometer.
  7. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  8. Serve with lemon wedges and enjoy!

Notes

  • To Store. Refrigerate chicken tenders in an airtight storage container for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat. Rewarm leftovers at 350 degrees F, in the air fryer or oven.
  • To Freeze. Lay cooked chicken tenders in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze until solid, then transfer the frozen tenders to an airtight, freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Reheat directly from frozen.
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 346Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 321mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 37g

    Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

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