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Easy Air Fryer Blackened Chicken Tenders

Air Fryer Blackened Chicken Tenders is delicious and easy dinner idea. Have dinner ready in under 20 minutes. These blackened chicken tenders have just the right amount of kick to them.

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Air Fryer Blackened Chicken Tenders

These blackened chicken tenders are the perfect meal prep or dinner idea. Making these chicken tenders is super easy. You can also use our Homemade Ranch Seasoning to make ranch dressing to cool them off if you’re not a fan of spicy..

If you enjoy making chicken tenders as much as I do, check out these other chicken tender recipes: Air Fryer Ranch Chicken Tenders, Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Tenders, Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders and Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders.

white plate with chicken tenders with parsley.

❤️ Why you’ll love this easy air fryer chicken tender recipe

  • Budget Friendly – Aldi’s is the place to go for chicken! I bought a large pack of Chicken Tenderloins for $8.53 there were 12 tenderloins in the pack so roughly 0.71 cents per tender.
  • Easy Recipe – With only a few steps this recipe is super easy to make.
  • Paleo and Keto Recipe – These blackened chicken tenders are very low in carbs. It’s a perfect dish if you’re following a low-carb or keto diet.
  • Delicious – This recipe is not only healthy it’s super delicious.

Ingredients

  • Chicken Tenders – You can buy chicken tenders or you can buy chicken breasts and cut them up into chicken strips as I did in this air fryer chicken breast strips recipe.
  • Seasoning: salt, paprika, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder
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✳️ Tips & Tricks

To ensure that the chicken stays moist, check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Once they reach 165F, remove them from the air fryer. Don’t overcook.

Tools to make these Blackened Chicken Tenders In the Air Fryer

  • Cosori Air Fryer – this is my favorite air fryer. The large air fryer basket makes it so easy to cook your favorite recipes
  • Tongs – tongs are easiest to remove and flip the chicken tenders.
  • Meat thermometer – You always want to make sure the internal temperature of ANY chicken 165F.

How to Make Air Fryer Blackened Chicken Tenders

  1. Place the chicken tenders in a bowl and sprinkle the seasonings over the chicken.
  2. Toss the chicken tenders around to make sure the chicken tenders are coated in the seasoning.
  3. Transfer chicken tenders to the air fryer basket.
  4. Cook at 390 for 14 minutes flipping halfway through.
  5. Once the timer goes off make sure the internal temperature is 165F before removing.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Oven Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Spray avocado oil on a cooking sheet.
  3. Place the chicken tenders in a bowl and sprinkle the seasonings over the chicken.
  4. Toss the chicken tenders around to make sure the chicken tenders are coated in the seasoning.
  5. Transfer to the baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes. Making sure the internal temperature is 165F.
  6. Remove from the oven and serve.

Substitutions

If you don’t have chicken tenders, you can slice a large chicken breast into strips to mimic chicken tenders. You can also use chicken cutlets as well.

white plate with chicken tenders with parsley. parsley in the back with a towel.

What to serve with Blackened Chicken Tenders

This is my favorite meal prep chicken, so I usually pair it with a side salad. Another great one is this Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts. I know they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but trust me, these are good.

Air Fryer Zucchini is another one of my go-to’s. Super easy to make and packed with flavor.

How to store

  • Store leftovers in an airtight glass container for up to 5 days.

♨️ How to reheat

Remove the lid from the container and microwave on high for 1 to 1.5 minutes or until the chicken is warm. Alternatively, you can transfer to a microwave save plate to warm up.

To warm this up in your air fryer, cook it for 2-3 minutes at 400F.

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❓FAQs

How long should you cook chicken tenders in the air fryer?

I cook mine at 390F for 14 minutes flipping halfway through.

What temperature should I cook chicken tenders at?

390F I feel like has been the perfect temperature for me.

white plate with chicken tenders with parsley. parsley in the back with a towel.

More Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipes

If you love chicken tenders, check out these other chicken tender recipes.

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white plate with chicken tenders with parsley. parsley in the back with a towel.

Air Fryer Blackened Chicken Tenders

Air Fryer Blackened Chicken Tenders is the perfect goto dinner idea. Have dinner done in under 20 minutes. These blackened chicken tenders have just the right amount of kick to it, but you can cool them down with some ranch.
5 from 37 votes
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 363 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Place the chicken tenders in a bowl and sprinkle the seasonings over the chicken.
  • Toss the chicken tenders around to make sure the chicken tenders are coated in the seasoning.
  • Transfer chicken tenders to the air fryer basket.
  • Cook at 390 for 14 minutes flipping halfway through.
  • Once the timer goes off make sure the internal temperature is 165F before removing it.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 363kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 43gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 1397mgPotassium: 803mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 780IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg
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