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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders


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Air Fryer chicken tenders are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. These crunchy tenders will make you never want to eat fried chicken again!

I’ve always been a big fan of fried chicken strips. However, when I started trying to cut out fried foods, I had to start looking for another way to make my favorite crispy chicken strips. That’s where this Air Fryer Chicken strips recipe comes in. This recipe gives me my favorite cravings without all the grease! 

This Air Fryer chicken recipe is so easy to make, and cooks in less than 35 minutes. All you need for this kid friendly dish is chicken breasts, flour, eggs, milk and some seasonings.

air fryer chicken tenders on a white plate with a glass of iced tea and an air fryer in the background

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Air Fryer Chicken fingers are the perfect way to get dinner on the table quickly. School is back in full swing, and with it comes sports nights, and dance and all the other demands on our time.

This Air Fryer chicken fingers recipe comes in handy when you are in a hurry to get dinner on the table quickly.  Plus using an air fryer is so much healthier than frying your chicken tenders.

Why I Love This Recipe

Crispy on the outside and juicy in the center, these air fryer chicken tenders make for an amazing dinner in a hurry.

a closeup of Air Fryer Chicken Tenders on a white plate

Ingredients

You only need simple and basic kitchen staple ingredients. You don’t even need to put on pants and head to the grocery store to make this easy dinner.

  • Chicken breast – Sliced into strips
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Paprika
ingredients needed to make Air Fryer Chicken Tenders, and an air fryer

Substitutions

Chicken Tenders: Chicken tenders can save you from having to slice your chicken breasts, and save you a little time.

Cayenne Pepper: Double your cayenne pepper if you want your chicken strips a little on the spicy side.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

Aside from the ingredients above, you’ll need a few other items from your kitchen to make these chicken tenders.

A knife and cutting board is not needed if you are using chicken tenderloins instead of chicken breasts.

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

This Air Fryer chicken strips recipe is so simple to make. All you need to gather is a few basic ingredients and your chicken, then you are ready to put this meal on the table in under 35 minutes.

Step 1: Prep your egg wash and flour

Whisk eggs and mix the milk in a medium sized bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and spices together.

Step 2: Bread your chicken strips

Dunk one chicken strip into the egg mixture and then coat it in the flour mixture. Repeat for all strips.

cut up raw chicken breasts, a bowl of flour, a bowl of egg, a coated chicken breast slice in the air fryer

Step 3. Air Fry your chicken tenders

Place battered strips in the air fryer basket and spray generously with oil. Then cook at 380 for 10 minutes. Flip chicken tenders, spray with oil and cook at 380 for 8 minutes. 

coated chicken breast strips being cooked in an air fryer

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Garlic Parmesan: Instead of using cayenne pepper and paprika, add in garlic powder and grated parmesan cheese for a different twist. 

Seasoned Salt: Don’t like cayenne pepper? Use seasoned salt in its place.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve this dish with your favorite dipping sauce, we like ranch or honey mustard.
  • I like to serve my air fryer chicken strips on top of a salad for a chicken tender salad. The kids like a side of fries and fruit or fresh vegetables as their side.
close up of a hand holding an Air Fryer Chicken Tender with a bite taken out of it, with a plate of Air Fryer Chicken Tenders blurred in the background

Tips

  • For crispier chicken tenders, repeat step 2 once per strip. You may need to add an additional egg and milk.
  • Be sure to space your chicken tenders out in the air fryer so that they are not touching, this will allow them to crisp up nicely. 
  • If you are using chicken tenders, remove the tendon by holding the tip of the tendon with your fingers and then sliding a fork down the chicken tender. This keeps your chicken tenders from being tough. 

FAQs

How to store

Store leftover air fryer chicken strips in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

How to reheat

Preheat your air fryer to 320 degrees. Place your chicken tenders in your air fryer basket and reheat for three to four minutes or until they are warm all the way through. 

Can I use frozen chicken?

Yes, however you will need to add an additional 3 to 5 minutes to your cook time.

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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe

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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Air Fryer chicken tenders are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Strips
Calories 202 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 chicken breast cut into strips or you can use chicken tenders
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 cup milk
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions
 

  • Whisk eggs and mix the milk in in a medium sized bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and spices together.
  • Dunk one chicken strip into the egg mixture and then coat it in the flour mixture. Repeat for all strips.
  • Place battered strips in the air fryer basket and spray generously with oil.
  • Cook at 380 for 10 minutes. Flip chicken tenders, spray with oil and cook at 380 for 8 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 2StripsCalories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 17gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 667mgPotassium: 289mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 390IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 2mg
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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders on a plate with an air fryer at the background


2 thoughts on “Air Fryer Chicken Tenders”

  1. 5 stars
    We love chicken nuggets at home. I will definitely try these Air Fryer Chicken Tenders to kinda “change” what we’ve been used to. 🙂 Looks good!

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