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Chicken Tenders

Say bye-bye to oil with these Air Fryer Chicken Tenders! Made with a simple dredge, these tenders are simply as crispy as their deep-fried counterparts. They’re sure to be successful at your table for teenagers and adults alike. You can check Best Air Fryer.

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Who else genuinely thinks about ordering themselves chicken tenders off the kids’ menu when they’re out at a restaurant? I can never bring myself to order them, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t cross my mind every time I see those words; “Chicken Tenders and Fries”. Ah, to be a kid again.

Well, the problem has been solved! I can just make chicken tenders within the comfort of my very own home. I’ve been obsessed with my air fryer after I tried out these chicken wings and discovered how crispy the results are without using copious amounts of oil.

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Chicken tenders, Breadcrumbs, Salt and pepper, Garlic powder, Eggs, Flour. The recipe card for the complete ingredient amounts are below.

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

I kept this recipe simple. You can add different spices to the breadcrumbs like some flavorer, jerk spice, cajun mix, Italian seasoning, etc. Mix it up if you’re feeling creative!

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How to make air fryer chicken tenders

  1. 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 on the second plate, and add the flour to the third plate.
  2. Dredge the tenders: Coat each tender in flour, then the beaten egg, and finally the breadcrumb mixture.
  3. 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 an additional 7 minutes or until golden brown. You might need to do that in batches if you can’t fit all the chicken in one go.
  4. Serve: Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
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How to store leftovers

Store leftover tenders in an airtight container or large resealable bag in the fridge for 3–4 days.

To reheat them and keep them crispy, 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.

How to freeze homemade chicken tenders

This is a great recipe to prep and freeze for future use! You can freeze them either cooked or uncooked. Line the tenders on a baking sheet, freeze for two hours, then transfer them to an out sized freezer bag or container.

For frozen uncooked tenders, preheat the air fryer to 375F. Cook the tenders for 25–30 minutes or until golden brown, flipping halfway through. For frozen cooked tenders, preheat the air fryer to 390F and cook the tenders for 10–15 minutes or until hot, flipping halfway through.

The best air fryers are the right tool to crisp up your food without being too unhealthy about it.