Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

White plastic food basket with parchment paper, filled with air fryer chicken tenders and a small glass bowl of barbecue sauce.

Simple Air Fryer Chicken Tenders make a delicious weeknight meal that the whole family will love. And they are done in less than 30 minutes.

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I love an easy dinner that’s healthy and will make the whole family happy. And that is these Air Fryer Chicken Tenders. They are super easy, quick (less than 30 minutes) and tasty.

Keep this recipe in your back pocket for busy weeknights.

Air fryer chicken tenders in a plastic basket with a small glass bowl of barbecue sauce.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

  • Boneless skinless chicken tenders: You’ll need about 1 1/4 pounds. You can also use boneless skinless chicken breasts and cut them into strips.
  • Egg: To help the coating stick.
  • Panko bread crumbs: This gives the air fryer chicken tenders a super crunchy texture. If you can’t find panko, regular bread crumbs can be substituted.
  • Cornflake crumbs: I like the mix of panko and cornflakes for a mix of flavor and texture. It adds a slight sweetness that is delicious.
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Kosher salt and pepper
Hand dipping chicken tender into a glass bowl of barbecue sauce.

Bread the Crispy Chicken Tenders

In a cake pan or pie plate, crack and whisk the egg. In another pie plate, add the panko, cornflake crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

Dip a chicken tender in the whisked egg then move to the bread crumb mixture. Coat both sides well then place on a clean plate. Repeat with the remaining chicken tenders.

Time to Air Fry

Add the tenders to your air fryer in a single layer. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to do this in two batches.

Air fry for 8 minutes, flipping halfway through. They will get super crispy on the outside and stay tender inside.

Chicken tenders in the basket of air fryer.

What to Serve with Chicken Tenders

There are so many delicious options to serve alongside these air fryer chicken tenders. If you want to go the traditional tenders and fry route, these air fryer potato wedges or crispy roasted potatoes would be great options.

If you’re looking for veggies, the best side salad or roasted green beans would be tasty. I also love this pickle potato salad as a creamy, starchy side to these tenders.

Basket of crispy chicken tenders with a small glass bowl of barbecue sauce.

How to Reheat

If you happen to have any leftovers, you’re going to want to reheat them in the air fryer. This will crisp them back up after being in the refrigerator.

Spritz both sides with nonstick spray then air fry at 350 degrees for 2 to 3 minutes, until heated through.

Straight down shot of basket of air fryer chicken tenders with a small glass bowl of barbecue sauce.

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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Simple Air Fryer Chicken Tenders make a delicious weeknight meal that the whole family will love. And they are done in less than 30 minutes.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer chicken tenders
Yield: 8 tenders
Author: Meghan Payne-Hensley

Equipment

  • Air fryer

Ingredients

  • 1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken tenders
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup corn flake crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Grab two pie plates or cake pans (or wide, shallow bowls). Whisk the egg in one of the pans. In the second, combine the panko bread crumbs, corn flake crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  • Dip both sides of a chicken tender in the whisked egg. Move to the bread crumb mixture and turn to coat. Place on a clean plate. Continue with remaining chicken tenders.
  • Place tenders in a single layer in your air fryer. You may need to cook in two batches. Air fry at 400 degrees F for 8 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking time.

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