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Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Tenders (Strips)

This Easy Air Fryer Parmesan Breaded Fried Chicken Tenders (Strips) is a quick recipe that includes cook time for how long to cook crispy, crunchy chicken fingers fresh or frozen.

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There’s really nothing better than fried chicken! I can eat it in all forms. These parmesan breaded chicken tenders are no exception. What I love most is they are so quick and easy to make!

Can You Air Fry Chicken?

Absolutely! Air fryer chicken is amazing because it produces crispy chicken with little to no oil. Check out my Air Fryer Buttermilk Fried Chicken Wings, Air Fryer Buffalo Wings, and Thai Chili Chicken Wings.

ingredients for air fryer fried chicken tenders

What Type of Chicken to Use

You can use actual chicken tenderloins. Tenderloins are far smaller than a chicken breast, and much thinner too. Tenderloins are half the size of a chicken breast.  The chicken tenderloin is a strip of muscle distinct from but lying alongside the inner breast of the chicken closest to the bone.

Many people like tenderloins as they’re more tender than any other part of the chicken. This is because it’s a muscle that the chicken doesn’t use very often in comparison to its breast muscle.

You can also use chicken breasts and slice them into strips. Breasts are considered a lot healthier than tenderloins as chicken breasts are packed full of vitamins. You can read more about The Difference Between Breasts and Tenderloins here.

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Place breadcrumbs, eggs, and flour in separate bowls.
  2. Add grated parmesan, Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper to taste to the bowl with the breadcrumbs. Stir.
  3. Dredge the chicken.
  4. Add the chicken tenders to the air fryer basket.
  5. Air fry.
chicken tenders in air fryer

Cook Time/How Long to Cook

I cook mine for 15 minutes, about 7 or 8 minutes each side.

How Long to Cook Frozen Tenders

I suggest 15-18 minutes for frozen cook time. Each air fryer brand is different. Cook time will vary based on the brand that you use.

How to Get them Crispy

The breadcrumbs provide the perfect crunch. I also like to spritz these with a little olive oil. That will help get them crispy and crunchy as well.

chicken tenders in air fryer

How to Reheat

Reheat these in the air fryer on 350 degrees for a few minutes until warm.

Freezer Tips

You can freeze these tightly sealed for up to a few months. Defrost in the fridge overnight and reheat using the air fryer. Follow the tips above to cook from frozen.

air fryer fried chicken tenders on a white plate with ranch

What to Pair with the Tenders

Air Fryer French Fries
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
Air Fryer Onion Rings
Air Fryer Tortilla Chips
Roasted Ranch Potatoes

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air fryer fried chicken tenders on a white plate
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Easy Air Fryer Breaded Fried Chicken Tenders (Strips)

This Easy Air Fryer Parmesan Breaded Fried Chicken Tenders (Strips) is a quick recipe that includes cook time for how long to cook crispy, crunchy chicken fingers fresh or frozen.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer chicken tenders, healthy chicken tenders, low fat chicken tenders
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 239kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the breadcrumbs, eggs, and flour in separate bowls.
  • Add the grated parmesan, Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper to taste to the bowl with the breadcrumbs. Stir.
  • Coat the sliced chicken breasts in flour, then egg, and then the breadcrumbs.
  • Spray both sides of the chicken tenders with cooking oil.
  • Add the chicken tenders to the air fryer basket. Do not stack the tenders. Cook in batches if needed. Cook for 8 minutes on 400 degrees.
  • Open the basket and flip the tenders. Cook for an additional 6 to 8 minutes or until the chicken tenders are crisp. Exact cook time will vary based on the air fryer brand that you use. Check in on the tenders to monitor the appropriate cook time necessary.
  • Ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.
  • Serve!

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Notes

  • If you don’t want parmesan flavor, omit the cheese.
  • To make keto chicken tenders omit the breadcrumbs or substitute almond meal (different from almond flour)
 
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 9g
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Recipe Rating




KyLynn

Monday 11th of March 2024

Wow! These were so tender and tasty. I've made other chicken tenders in the air fryer, but never thought about spraying olive oil on them to brown. Loved that tip!

Made some homemade honey BBQ sauce to go with them. Even my picky, elderly father loved them! He gave 2 thumbs up!

staysnatched

Tuesday 12th of March 2024

That sounds so good!

Nancy

Thursday 21st of December 2023

Perfect! These were so easy and delicious! To keep the mess down, I used tongs. ๐Ÿ˜€ Also whipped up the egg and water in a bowl with a seal, placed the tenders in the bowl and gently tossed them. I put the crumbs and seasoning in a gallon size plastic bag and using the tongs placed three or four at a time in the bag and shook to coat them. I dipped them individually for the second coating, but really kept the mess down and went quickly. I will definitely be making these often! Thank you so much!

staysnatched

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

You're welcome.

Randy Carlson

Sunday 9th of July 2023

So, does the almond meal replace the flour or the bread crumbs? Or both?

Noreen Cunningham

Wednesday 15th of November 2023

@staysnatched, hi great recipe do y happen to have recipe for the sauce used to dunk chic finger in!

staysnatched

Sunday 9th of July 2023

Both

Linda

Monday 30th of January 2023

I don't have an air fryer. Can I fry them in oil?

staysnatched

Monday 30th of January 2023

Yup!

Linda

Sunday 29th of January 2023

What if you don't have an air fryer. Can you just fry them in oil?

staysnatched

Sunday 29th of January 2023

Yup!