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Crispy chicken tenders piled on a plate with fresh parsley
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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Crispy air fryer chicken tenders are juicy, flavorful, and so much tastier than store-bought! Simple to prepare, requires very little oil, and devoured by kids.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 188kcal


  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/16 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Heat air fryer to 390°F / 200°C.
  • Brush chicken tenders lightly with olive oil on both sides.
  • Stir together the breading. Using tongs, dredge the chicken in the breading, flipping over and repeating multiple times until the tenders are completely coated. Shake off excess breading and place in the air fryer right away.
  • Cook in batches of 3-4 at a time, making sure the chicken strips don't touch each other. Cook for 3 minutes, flip, and 2 minutes on other side before checking that they've reached an internal temperature of 165°F and removing from the air fryer.

To prepare ahead

  • These chicken tenders can be cooked 2-3 days ahead and stored in the fridge. To re-heat, place in the air fryer and heat for 2-3 minutes until they are crispy again.


Chicken may be cooked up to 3 days ahead, and re-heated in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes until heated through and crispy.
Chicken may be breaded ahead and frozen raw: first freeze on a baking sheet 2-3 hours, then transfer to a freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months
Thaw in the fridge overnight. It would be smart to transfer frozen chicken to a plate so the breading doesn't get disrupted when removing raw tenders from the bag.


Serving: 1/4 batch | Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 432mg | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.8mg