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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders – Easy, Flavorful Tenders Recipe

Do you and your family enjoy chicken tenders? If so, you have got to try this air fryer chicken tenders recipe.

It is easy to make and could be made quickly for any weeknight meal. You will also find that this is a juicy and flavorful recipe that everyone is sure to love.

air fryer chicken tenders
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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Ingredients

If you are interested in making chicken tenders in air fryer, you won’t need many ingredients at all. You may already have many of these ingredients.

You will need the following:

Chicken Tenderloins


Panko bread crumbs

Seasonings (garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, paprika, chicken bouillon, and seasoning salt)

Cooking spray

Once you have these ingredients, you can start cooking these delicious air fryer chicken tenders.

How Do I Cook Air Fried Chicken Tenders?

This is an easy, weeknight meal recipe that you and your family will love. To cook chicken tenders in air fryer, you need to do the following:

Season your chicken.

Mix the chicken tenders with mustard.

In a shallow bowl, you will dredge the chicken tenders in the panko bread crumbs.

Put the tenders on a wire cookie sheet until you have breaded all of them.

Spray your chicken tenders on both sides with your cooking spray.

Place the chicken tenders in your air fryer.


If you follow these steps, you can have delicious, air-fried chicken tenders in no time.

How Long Do You Cook Chicken Tenders in the Air Fryer?

If you are planning to make chicken tenders, one of the easiest and quickest ways is with an air fryer. You will only need to air fry the tenders for 5 minutes on each side.

You will turn the tenders halfway through the process. You will know they are done because the tenders will be crispy and golden on the outside.

What to Serve with the Air Fryer Chicken Tenders?

There are many tasty foods that would be great with air fryer chicken tenders.

However, some of the best things that would go great with these tenders are the following:



Pasta salad

Once you have your air fryer chicken tenders and side made, you can eat a delicious meal.

Why Do You Need an Air Fryer?

There are many ways that you can make chicken tenders. You need an air fryer because it makes your tenders crispier than it would if you cooked them in the oven.

In addition, air frying food is healthier than deep-frying them.

How to Store Leftovers?

If you don’t happen to eat all of your air fryer chicken tenders or you purposely make more, so you have some for the next day, you will need to properly store the leftovers.

You should store your leftover chicken tenders in an airtight container. You could use a larger resealable bag.

These tenders would be good in the fridge for up to 3 or 4 days.

When reheating the air fryer chicken tenders, heat them up for 5 to 10 minutes in the air fryer. Flip them halfway through this process.

If you love chicken tenders, you are going to love them even more after making chicken tenders in air fryer.

Tools used to make this Air Fryer Chicken Tender Recipe:

I used my Power XL Air Fryer. I like how the basket has a lot of space and it heats up super fast.

air fryer chicken tenders

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air fryer chicken tenders

Air Fryer Chicken Tender

Do you and your family enjoy chicken tenders? If so, you have got to try this air fryer chicken tenders recipe.It is easy to make and could be made quickly for any weeknight meal. You will also find that this is a juicy and flavorful recipe that everyone is sure to love.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 245 kcal


  • Air Fryer


Breading Mixture

  • 1 1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon chicken bouillon
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/3 cup of mustard
  • 1 lb chicken tenderloins
  • Cooking spray for misting


  • Preheat Air Fryer to 400 degrees.
  • In a small bowl whisk, together panko bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper.
  • Season chicken with garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, paprika, chicken bouillon,  and seasoning salt.
  • Add mustard to chicken and toss to coat evenly.
  • Add chicken strips a few at a time to the panko mixture, pressing to help it adhere.
  • Place chicken strips on a lined baking sheet.
  • Spray chicken tenders with cooking spray.
  • In two batches, arrange chicken with space in between strips.
  • Air Fry for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side flipping halfway through.


Calories: 245kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 28gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 687mgPotassium: 521mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 110IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 2mg
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  • Reply Alison 2020/11/18 at 5:27 pm

    5 stars
    These chicken tenders look perfectly crispy on the outside, and juicy on the inside! I love using my air fryer to make recipes in such an easy way!

    • Reply Dionne 2020/11/19 at 6:55 am

      Thank you! I love the air fryer it’s so convenient.

  • Reply Marie-Charlotte Chatelain 2020/11/18 at 5:44 pm

    5 stars
    Santa is bringing me an air fryer so I guess this one is due on December 26th! Cannot think of a better way to inaugurate !

    • Reply Dionne 2020/11/19 at 7:04 am

      Yay! I’m so excited for you!

  • Reply Jess 2020/11/18 at 6:32 pm

    5 stars
    The air fryer is life-changing! Make recipes like this so easy!

  • Reply Priya Lakshminarayan 2020/11/18 at 6:51 pm

    5 stars
    wow that looks perfect! Doesn’t look air fryed at all!

  • Reply Lisa Huff 2020/11/18 at 7:01 pm

    5 stars
    Whoah these chicken tenders look so crispy! Love that you coat them in mustard. Yum!

  • Reply Crystal @ The Holliday Collective 2020/11/19 at 4:21 pm

    Yum! I don’t own an air fryer but I guess I should into one. This looks like an easy lunch at home for my family. Thanks Dee!

    • Reply Dionne 2020/11/19 at 9:53 pm

      It definitely is easy which I love! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Reply Alexa 2021/06/02 at 9:25 am

    5 stars
    Thanks Dionne for this awesome recipe! I tried it last night and they turned out great 🙂 Will definitely make them again!

  • Reply Elly 2021/06/02 at 9:48 am

    5 stars
    This recipe is SO easy and the kids love it! A total lifesaver on our busy weeknights. And the air fryer cooking chart is one of my favorite kitchen resources!

    • Reply Dionne 2021/06/03 at 9:37 pm

      It is a winner with the kids. Thank you.

  • Reply Wanda 2021/06/02 at 10:56 am

    5 stars
    These look so crispy and easy to make! I really need an AF!

    • Reply Dionne 2021/06/03 at 9:38 pm

      Yes, you should get one. Thank you.

  • Reply Angela 2021/06/02 at 11:34 am

    5 stars
    These chicken tenders quickly became a favorite at my house. The chicken is so flavorful and cooking them in the air fryer is easy.

    • Reply Dionne 2021/06/03 at 9:39 pm

      I’m so happy to hear. Thank you.

  • Reply Michelle 2021/06/02 at 11:54 am

    5 stars
    The chicken is seasoned perfectly, and I love how much easier it is to make these in the air fryer than frying in oil.

    • Reply Dionne 2021/06/03 at 9:40 pm

      Yes, I love when we can make our favorite dishes in a healthy way.

  • Reply Ally 2021/07/14 at 7:56 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Dionne, these are the best and easiest chicken tenders. I love my air fryer. Thank you for the recipe. Blessings!

    • Reply Dionne 2021/07/26 at 3:30 pm

      You’re welcome and thank you for trying them.

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