Lemon Pepper Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Lemon Pepper Air Fryer Chicken Tenders With a crunchy coating and a creamy citrusy sauce on top, the zesty chicken with lemon flavour makes for a delectable appetiser known as lemon pepper chicken tenders. With a few basic supplies, it can be assembled in less than forty minutes. Make it using my simple air fryer recipe.

With just a few basic ingredients, you can make these delicious appetisers in less than 30 minutes: lemon pepper chicken tenders.

Recipe By: Neha whiskaffair

Prepared in ten minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Time Spent: forty minutes

Servings: six individuals


Ingredients for Lemon Pepper Air Fryer Chicken Tenders:

Regarding The Tenders;

  1. One tablespoon of lemon pepper seasoning
  2. Two pounds (1 kg) of chicken tenders
  3. One cup panko bread crumbs (or ordinary bread crumbs)
  4. ½ cup all-purpose flour
  5. Two big eggs (beaten)
  6. Cooking oil or oil spray (as needed)

Needed for the sauce;

  1. Two tablespoons salted butter
  2. Two teaspoons all-purpose flour
  3. One cup of chicken broth, or chicken stock
  4. Two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  5. One teaspoon of Italian or cajun seasoning
  6. Half teaspoon of ground paprika
  7. Half teaspoon of red pepper flakes

As a garnish, add three tablespoons of freshly chopped parsley.

Instructions for Lemon Pepper Air Fryer Chicken Tenders:

Chicken Coat;

  • After rinsing, thoroughly drain the chicken tenders.
  • Paper towels are used to pat them dry.
  • Combine the chicken tenders with the lemon pepper seasoning in a mixing dish and well mix.
  • Advice: At this point, add ¼ teaspoon of baking soda to make the tenders extremely juicy and tender.
    Put up three small bowls at a breading station. Place the eggs, breadcrumbs, and all-purpose flour into separate bowls.
  • Select a tender and coat it with flour. Next, thoroughly coat it with the egg mixture, allowing any excess to fall off. Apply a thick layer of panko.
  • Do this again.
  • Apply the same coating to each chicken tender, then place them on a platter.

Air-Fry the Chicken;

  • Put the cooked chicken tenders in the air fryer’s basket in a single layer.
  • Note: If they don’t fit in one go, fry them in batches.
    Use a lot of oil while brushing or spraying.
  • Bake at 360°F (180°C) for ten minutes.
  • After ten minutes, flip, and continue air fry until golden brown.
  • To keep the tenders warm, move them to a serving plate and cover with aluminium foil.

Prepare the sauce;

  • Prepare the sauce while the chicken tenders are frying.
    Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat.
  • Stir the all-purpose flour into the pan and heat, stirring constantly, for one minute, or until the flour turns light brown.
  • Turn off the heating system.
  • Add lemon juice and chicken stock and whisk.
  • Turn the heat down to medium and swirl constantly for a minute or until the sauce thickens.
  • Cook for a further minute after adding the red pepper flakes, paprika, and cajun seasoning.
  • If the sauce seems thick, add extra stock. It ought to have a pourable texture.
  • Inspect for salt and pepper, adding additional as necessary.
  • Serve the chicken tenders immediately after pouring the sauce over them.

Note for the recipe: You can simply double or quadruple this recipe to suit your needs. Ensure that the chicken is air-fried in batches.

Storage Advice;
  1. These chicken tenders with lemon pepper can be refrigerated for two to three days when kept in an airtight container.
  2. Place back into an air fryer and reheat for a couple more minutes. After adding sauce, serve.


Nutrition Facts; 

333 kcal; 20g carbs; 38g protein; 10g fat; 4g saturated fat; 1g polyunsaturated fat; 3g monounsaturated fat; 0.2g trans fat; 163 mg cholesterol; 360 mg sodium; 689 mg potassium; 1g fibre; 2g sugar; 544 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 45 mg calcium; 2 mg iron

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