Best Air fryer Chicken Tenders

Air fryer Chicken Tenders

Compared to classic deep-fried chicken tenders, Air Fryer Chicken Tenders have a deliciously crunchy outside and juicy, tender meat inside. This makes them a healthier option. An air fryer is a terrific alternative for a quick and easy lunch since it lets you get the perfect crisp without using a lot of oil. This is how to prepare them at home.


  1. One-pound chicken tenders: If you are unable to locate chicken tenders, you can also cut chicken breasts into strips without the bones and skin.
  2. For the first dredge, use 1/2 cup all-purpose flour.
  3. One teaspoon paprika: Offers a subtle, smokey taste and color.
  4. One teaspoon powdered garlic: To enhance taste.
  5. To taste, add salt and pepper to the chicken and flour mixture to season it.
  6. Two huge eggs that have been beaten wash with eggs.
  7. Mix one tablespoon of water with the eggs.
  8. One cup panko or breadcrumbs: To achieve crunchy exterior. Your texture will be crunchier with panko.
  9. For added taste, combine 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese with breadcrumbs.
  10. Cooking sprayTo give the chicken tenders thin coating before air-frying.


1 Get the Coating Station Ready

  • Establishing Coating Stations Get three shallow dishes ready. Add the garlic powder, paprika, all-purpose flour, and dash of salt and pepper to the first dish. Beat the eggs with tablespoon of water in the second dish. Combine panko or breadcrumbs with grated Parmesan cheese and dash of salt and pepper in the third dish.

2.Dragging the Chicken Out

  • the Chicken Dredged: Add salt and pepper to the chicken tenders’ seasoning. Coat each tender in the flour mixture one at a time, brushing off any excess. Next, dip into the egg mixture; lastly, thoroughly coat with the breadcrumb mixture. To make sure the breadcrumbs stick to the chicken, press them firmly.

3. Warming Up the Air Fryer

  • Warm up the air fryer. For around three minutes, preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C). The chicken cooks more uniformly and develops a crispy coating when it is preheated.

4. Preparing the tender chicken

  • Organize the Chicken: To keep the air fryer basket from sticking, mist it with cooking spray. Make sure the chicken tenders are not touching when you arrange them in the basket in a single layer to allow for air circulation
  • Spray: Gently mist the chicken tenders’ tops with cooking spray. This aids in their crisping and golden browning.
  • Cook: Air fried the tenders for 7–8 minutes, then turn them over, spray the other side gently, and cook for an additional 7–8 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the outside is crispy and golden. When finished, the interior temperature should be 165°F (74°C).

5. Recessing

  • Serve Warm: Right out of the air fryer, serve the chicken tenders hot. They taste fantastic both by themselves and when paired with your preferred dipping sauces, such as ranch dressing, honey mustard, or barbecue sauce.

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