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

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.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer chicken tenders
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 8 tenders
Author Meghan Payne-Hensley


  • Air fryer


  • 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


  • 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.