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Easy Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Tenders

These Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Tenders are delicious and so easy to make! With just 3 ingredients, these chicken tenders will be done in just 15 minutes.

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Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Tenders

These lemon pepper chicken tenders have the perfect amount to kick to them. They are one of my new favorite flavorings for chicken tenders.

These lemon pepper chicken tenders are super versatile! Have them for dinner, an easy lunch or make a large batch and use them for meal prep.

Lemon pepper has been one of my favorite go to seasonings; I have done Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings, Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs, and Lemon Pepper Chicken Breast.

If you’re as obsessed about chicken tenders as me, check out these other easy chicken tender recipes: Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Tenders, Air Fryer Shake N Bake Chicken Tenders, Air Fryer Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Chicken Tenders, and Air Fryer Honey BBQ Chicken Tenders.

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❤️ Why you’ll love this easy air fryer recipe

  • Budget Friendly – with only three simple ingredients its very cost efficient. You can always buy chicken tenders in bulk and freeze what you don’t need to use right away.
  • Quick and Easy Recipe – This recipe only calls for three ingredients and only has a few steps to follow.
  • Meal Prep – This recipe is a great idea for meal prep. Eat them by themselves or add them to the top of your salad.
  • Delicious – This recipe is mouthwatering! It will leave you wanting more.

Ingredients

  • Chicken Tenders – I used chicken tenders but you can buy chicken breast and cut them into strips as I did here with this Air Fryer Chicken Breast Strips.
  • Avocado oil – I always use avocado oil for high-heat cooking.
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning – I used store-bought seasoning but you can make your own seasoning.
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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.
  • If you don’t want too big of a kick use less of the seasonings.

Tools to make this Lemon Pepper 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 Lemon Pepper Chicken Tenders

  1. Add chicken tenders into a gallon-size ziplock bag. Pour the avocado oil over the chicken and toss the chicken around.
  2. Then add the lemon pepper seasoning to the chicken and seal the bag shut. Removing all the air from the bag. Toss the chicken around to make sure they all get coated in the seasoning.
  3. Transfer the chicken tenders to the air fryer basket and cook at 390F for 12 minutes.
  4. Once the timer goes off check the internal temperature and make sure it’s 165F.
  5. Remove from the air fryer basket and serve.

Oven Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Add chicken tenders into a gallon-size ziplock bag. Pour the avocado oil over the chicken and toss the chicken around.
  3. add the lemon pepper seasoning to the chicken and seal the bag shut. Removing all the air from the bag. Toss the chicken around to make sure they all get coated in the seasoning.
  4. Transfer the chicken tenders to a baking sheet and spray the top with avocado oil.
  5. Cook for 20-22 minutes flipping halfway through.
  6. 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.

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What to serve with Lemon Pepper Chicken Tenders

These lemon pepper chicken tenders are great on top of salads or serve them with mashed potatoes and green beans.

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 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 does it take to cook chicken tenders in the air fryer?

Cook the chicken tenders at 390F for 12-14 minutes depending if they are breaded or not.

Why is my chicken tenders soggy from the air fryer?

You need to cook the chicken in a single layer. If you overlap the chicken it will not cook properly.

Should I put oil on chicken before air frying?

Some recipes call for oil and some don’t. I use avocado oil for high heat cooking.

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More Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipes

If you enjoyed this Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Tenders make sure you check out these other delicious chicken tender recipes.

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Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Tenders

These Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Tenders are delicious and so easy to make! With just 3 ingredients, these chicken tenders will be done in just 15 minutes. 
4.92 from 50 votes
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 208 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 5 chicken tenders
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • ½ tbsp lemon pepper seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Add chicken tenders into a gallon-size ziplock bag. Pour the avocado oil over the chicken and toss the chicken around.
  • add the lemon pepper seasoning to the chicken and seal the bag shut. Removing all the air from the bag. Toss the chicken around to make sure they all get coated in the seasoning.
  • Transfer the chicken tenders to the air fryer basket and cook at 390F for 12 minutes.
  • Once the timer goes off check the internal temperature and make sure it’s 165F.
  • Remove from the air fryer basket and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 27gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 145mgPotassium: 482mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.01gVitamin A: 46IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
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