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Making Chicken Tenders in an air fryer is a delicious way to get dinner on the table fast. These chicken tenders come out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside every single time, ready to be dipped in your favorite sauce.

Dunking a chicken tender into ketchup.

These crispy and juicy chicken tenders are the perfect meal for busy weeknights, which is just about every weeknight around here. We know you all love the air fryer, and we are here to deliver one of our favorite ways to use it! They come out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside – ready to be dipped in your favorite sauce. Whether you’re looking for a quick and tasty dinner or a satisfying lunch option, these chicken strips are sure to hit the spot. Give them a try and see for yourself just how delicious and satisfying they can be.

Tips and Tricks

Air fryers are a great appliance for making crispy and delicious chicken tenders. Here are some tips for achieving the crispiest results:

  • Preheat your air fryer: It’s important to preheat your air fryer before adding the chicken strips. This will help to quickly cook the chicken and give it a crispy texture.
  • Use the right temperature: The temperature you cook your chicken strips at will affect the final texture and crispiness. For the crispiest chicken strips, cook them at a high temperature, such as 400-450°F.
  • Use breading or a coating: To give your chicken strips an extra crunch, try coating them in breadcrumbs or a flour-based coating before cooking. This will create a crispy outer layer and help to seal in the moisture of the chicken.
  • Avoid overcrowding the basket: Be sure to spread the chicken strips out in a single layer so that they can cook evenly and get crispy on all sides. You may need to cook the chicken in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer and the amount of chicken you are cooking.
  • Shake the basket: Halfway through cooking, try shaking the basket to help distribute the heat and ensure that the chicken cooks evenly. This will help to ensure that all sides of the chicken strips are exposed to the heat and get crispy.
  • Watch closely: Keep an eye on the chicken as it cooks. The cooking time will vary depending on the size and quantity of the chicken, as well as the exact temperature of the air fryer. You can check the chicken for doneness by piercing it with a fork or knife. If it is tender and crispy, it is ready to be enjoyed.

Using Chicken Breasts in Place of Chicken Tenders

If a recipe calls for chicken tenders but you only have boneless, skinless chicken breasts on hand, don’t worry! You can easily use chicken breasts as a substitute.

Chicken tenders, also known as chicken strips or chicken fingers, are thin strips of chicken that are usually made from the tenderloin, a small strip of muscle that runs along the breast of the chicken. These tenders are tender, juicy, and easy to cook.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, on the other hand, are the most common cut of chicken used in cooking. They are versatile, lean, and easy to work with, but they can sometimes be less tender and juicy than chicken tenders.

To use boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a recipe that calls for chicken tenders, simply slice the chicken breasts into thin strips. You can use a sharp knife to do this, or you can use a meat tenderizer to pound the chicken breasts into thinner pieces. This will help the chicken breasts cook faster and more evenly, and it will also make them more tender.

Once you have sliced the chicken breasts into strips, you can cook them according to the recipe instructions. The cooking time may be slightly longer than the recipe calls for, as boneless, skinless chicken breasts are thicker than chicken tenders. Be sure to check the internal temperature of the chicken to make sure it is cooked through and safe to eat.

Chicken tenders.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Chicken tenders are best eaten fresh. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

To reheat your chicken tenders, you have a few options:

  • Reheat in an air fryer: Preheat the air fryer to 350°F. Place the chicken tenders in the air fryer basket and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until heated through.
  • Reheat in the oven: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the chicken tenders on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until heated through.
  • Reheat in the microwave: Place the chicken tenders on a microwave-safe plate and microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until heated through.

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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
Servings

4 people

Dunking a chicken tender into ketchup.
Making Chicken Tenders in an air fryer is a delicious way to get dinner on the table fast. These chicken tenders come out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside every single time, ready to be dipped in your favorite sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Ingredients

Chicken Strips

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds chicken tenders trimmed of fat
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour divided
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • cooking oil to spritz the chicken
Instructions
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 5 minutes. Be sure that the air fryer reaches its full temperature before using for best results.
  • In a shallow dish, mix together 1/2 cup of flour. In a separate dish, beat together the egg and milk. In a third dish, mix together the breadcrumbs, 1 cup of flour, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and paprika.
  • Working one at a time, coat each chicken tender in the plain flour, then the egg mixture, and then the breadcrumb mixture. Make sure each tender is thoroughly coated.
  • Place 3-4 chicken tenders in the air fryer basket, being careful not to overcrowd it. Spritz the tenders with cooking oil to help them crisp up.
  • Cook the chicken tenders at 400°F for 5-6 minutes, then flip them over and cook for an additional 5-6 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Serve the chicken tenders hot with your favorite dipping sauce.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 699kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 93g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 296mg | Sodium: 1160mg | Potassium: 1585mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 5mg
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Chicken Tender
Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
Servings

4 people

Dunking a chicken tender into ketchup.
Making Chicken Tenders in an air fryer is a delicious way to get dinner on the table fast. These chicken tenders come out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside every single time, ready to be dipped in your favorite sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Ingredients

Chicken Strips

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds chicken tenders trimmed of fat
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour divided
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • cooking oil to spritz the chicken
Instructions
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 5 minutes. Be sure that the air fryer reaches its full temperature before using for best results.
  • In a shallow dish, mix together 1/2 cup of flour. In a separate dish, beat together the egg and milk. In a third dish, mix together the breadcrumbs, 1 cup of flour, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and paprika.
  • Working one at a time, coat each chicken tender in the plain flour, then the egg mixture, and then the breadcrumb mixture. Make sure each tender is thoroughly coated.
  • Place 3-4 chicken tenders in the air fryer basket, being careful not to overcrowd it. Spritz the tenders with cooking oil to help them crisp up.
  • Cook the chicken tenders at 400°F for 5-6 minutes, then flip them over and cook for an additional 5-6 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Serve the chicken tenders hot with your favorite dipping sauce.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 699kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 93g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 296mg | Sodium: 1160mg | Potassium: 1585mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 5mg
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Chicken Tender
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