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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Say bye-bye to grease with these Air Fryer Chicken Tenders! Made with a simple dredge, these tenders are just as crispy as their deep-fried counterparts. They're bound to be a hit at your table for kids and adults alike.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer chicken tenders, chicken tenders
Servings: 4
Calories: 302kcal


  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs like Panko
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste
  • ½ tsp pepper or to taste
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour


  • Prepare the dredge: Preheat the air fryer to 400F. Grab 3 shallow plates. Mix the breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in one of the plates. Beat the eggs in the second plate, and add the flour to the third plate.
  • Dredge the tenders: Coat each tender in flour, then the beaten egg, and finally the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Air fry the tenders: Add the tenders to the air fryer basket and lightly spray them with cooking spray. Cook for 8 minutes, flip the tenders, spray with cooking spray, and cook for another 7 minutes or until golden brown. You might have to do this in batches if you can’t fit all the chicken in one go.
  • Serve: Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.


  1. Store leftover tenders in an airtight container or large resealable bag in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  2. To reheat them and keep the crispiness, you can use your air fryer. Preheat it to 350F and cook the tenders for 5-10 minutes, flipping halfway through, until they're hot.


Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 231mg | Sodium: 582mg | Potassium: 521mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 264IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 3mg