You’ll love this crispy, juicy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders recipe. Skip the drive-thru and make the best chicken tenders at home!
Air fryer chicken tenders are so easy to make and are ready in 20 minutes! Serve them as an appetizer or as a family-friendly meal. They are delicious with waffle fries and chipotle ranch or can be sliced and served on a salad.
Air Fryer Chicken Tender Ingredients
To make air fryer chicken tenders you’ll need chicken breasts, melted butter, and breading ingredients. You can use different kinds of breadcrumbs and spices to make various kinds of chicken tenders. Scroll down for the complete recipe with ingredient measurements.
- Chicken: We used boneless, skinless chicken breasts that we cut into strips. You could also use chicken tenderloins.
- Butter: The melted butter makes the breading stick to the chicken, adds flavor, and helps the chicken get crispy.
- Breadcrumbs: We used two kinds of breadcrumbs to make these chicken tenders. Panko bread crumbs are larger in size and are more crispy. The other kind is breadcrumbs with Italian seasonings added.
- Parmesan: The grated parmesan cheese adds flavor and helps the breading get crispy.
- Seasonings: We seasoned the breading with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and salt.
How To Make Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
To make this recipe you’ll need to slice the chicken into strips, coat it with breading, and then cook it in the air fryer. Scroll down for the printable recipe card and complete instructions.
- Prep: To prep the chicken, start by placing the chicken breasts between sheets of parchment paper and pounding them to an even thickness. Then, cut each one into four strips.
- Coat: Dip the strips into the melted butter and then coat them with the breading.
- Cook: Place the chicken tenders in a lightly greased basket and bake them for 18-20 minutes.
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Frequently Asked Questions
Cook chicken tenders in a single layer for 8-10 minutes per side (to an internal temperature of 165˚F).
Preheat your air fryer to 380˚F and then cook the chicken tenders at 380˚F for 16-20 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 165˚F.
Yes, bake them in an oven at 400˚F for 20-25 minutes, until cooked through.
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