Easy Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Tenders

These Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Tenders come out crispy and golden every time! They pair perfectly with your favorite dippings sauce. Adults and kids will loved these breaded chicken tenders in the air fryer.

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Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Tenders

Chicken tenders are one of my favorite things to make in the air fryer. They can be made in less than 20 minutes and require very little prep! They’re incredibly easy to make.

Chicken tenders are also one of those fun meals that you can get the kids involved with. They’ll love to help you dunk the chicken tenders in the breading.

The nice thing about chicken tenders is, if you don’t have any you can take a chicken breast and cut them into strips. Like I did in this Air Fryer Chicken Breast Strips recipe.

If you enjoy making these air fryer breaded chicken tenders recipe, check out these other ir fryer chicken tender recipes: Air Fryer Shake N Bake Chicken Tenders, Air Fryer Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Chicken Tenders, Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders, Air Fryer Honey BBQ Chicken Tenders, and Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders.

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❤️ Why you’ll love this easy air fryer recipe

  • Budget Friendly – All the ingredients are usually found in your pantry, but are super affordable if you need to pick them up in the store.
  • Easy recipe – This recipe is super easy to follow. Just a few simple steps.

Ingredients

  • Chicken Tenders – if you don’t have chicken tenders you can cut up a chicken breast instead.
  • Eggs – I like to pick up my eggs from farmers markets or local stands when possible
  • Bread Crumbs – Italian Bread Crumbs are preferred, but you can use plain or panko bread crumbs in a pinch.
  • Seasonings – kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper
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✳️ Tips & Tricks

Always use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature of your chicken is 165F. Once the timer goes off, take the chicken out of the air fryer so you don’t dry out the chicken.

Tools to make this Breaded 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
  • Meat thermometer – You always want to make sure the internal temperature of ANY chicken 165F.

How to make Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Tenders

  1. Grab 2 shallow bowls. Add the egg into one bowl and whisk. Add the dry ingredients to another bowl and mix together.
  2. Add the chicken into the egg wash making sure to coat both sides. Immediately transfer to the breadcrumbs coating both sides.
  3. Transfer chicken to the air fryer basket and cook at 390F for 14 minutes. Flipping halfway through.
  4. Once the timer goes off make sure the internal temperature is 165F. Remove from the basket and serve.

How to make breaded chicken tender in the oven

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. In a shallow bowl add the egg and whisk.
  3. In another mixing bowl add the dry ingredients.
  4. Dunk the chicken into the egg wash then transfer to the bread crumbs. Make sure you coat both sides.
  5. Transfer the chicken tenders to a baking sheet and spray the top with avocado oil.
  6. Cook for 20-22 minutes flipping halfway through.
  7. Remove the chicken tenders from oven once the chicken is golden brown. For best results, let the chicken rest for 3-5 minutes before eating.

Substitutions

  • If you don’t have chicken tenders you can take a boneless skinless chicken breast and cut it up into chicken strips.
  • If you don’t have Italian bread crumbs you can use Panko bread crumbs.
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What to serve with

These air fryer breaded chicken tender pair great with french fries. Or you can serve them with some mashed potatoes. You can even serve them on top of a salad!

How to store

  • Store leftover breaded chicken tenders 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 chicken is warm. Alternatively you can transfer to a microwave save plate to warm up.

If you want to warm this up in your air fryer, cook it for 2-3 minutes at 400F.

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❓FAQs

How long do you put chicken tenders in the air fryer?

Cook them at 390F for 14 minutes if they are breaded. If they are nonbreaded cook them for 12 minutes. ALWAYS make sure the internal temperature of the chicken is 165F before serving.

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More Air Fryer Chicken Tender Recipes

If you loved these air fryer breaded chicken tender, check out these other air fried chicken tender recipes.

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Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Tenders

These Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Tenders are a big hit in my household. They come crispy and golden every time. Plus they are super easy to make for dinner!
4.98 from 39 votes
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 758 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Grab 2 bowls. Add the egg into one bowl and whisk. Add the dry ingredients to another bowl and mix them together.
  • Add the chicken into the egg wash making sure to coat both sides. Immediately transfer to the breadcrumbs coating both sides.
  • Transfer chicken to the air fryer basket and cook at 390F for 14 minutes. Flipping halfway through.
  • Once the timer goes off make sure the internal temperature is 165F. Remove from the basket and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 758kcalCarbohydrates: 84gProtein: 65gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 293mgSodium: 3062mgPotassium: 1108mgFiber: 6gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 532IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 259mgIron: 8mg
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