Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken tenders – boneless chicken breast strips breaded, air fried to crisp and tossed in buffalo sauce. The ultimate, crowd-pleasing appetizer or quick and easy dinner.

black plate with air fryer buffalo chicken tenders, ranch dressing and sliced carrots and celery

If you’ve followed this site for a while, you’ve probably guessed my love of pretty much anything buffalo. Boneless buffalo wings are my new favorite way to satisfy my buffalo chicken craving. Air frying makes them a healthier alternative to deep frying with the same great taste we crave.

Juicy chicken inside, crispy bold-spiced breading outside – this Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken is one you won’t want to miss.

I tested – and retested – this recipe several times using flour, corn starch and a combination of flour and corn starch in the breading process and found they all resulted in the same flavor and crispiness.

I typically use flour (along with egg and Panko) but if you’re following a gluten-free diet, corn starch (which is naturally GF) can be used instead of flour.

black plate with closeup of air fryer buffalo chicken tenders and side of ranch dressing

WHAT’S IN AIR FRYER BUFFALO CHICKEN?

Just a few simple ingredients from the grocery store (plus your air fryer) for this easy recipe and you’ll be enjoying these boneless crispy chicken wings in a snap.

  • boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in strips (may use chicken tenderloins)
  • flour (can substitute cornstarch for gluten-free)
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic powder
  • eggs
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce (or your favorite buffalo sauce)
  • honey
  • cooking spray

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER BUFFALO CHICKEN TENDERS:

Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees then spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray.

Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper for easy cleanup (this is where you’ll place the breaded chicken before air frying).

Set up a dreding station in three bowls:

#1: Blend flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder.

#2: Whisk eggs.

#3: Panko breadcrumbs.

Working one piece of chicken at a time, dredge in the flour mixture, then dip in the beaten eggs and last in the Panko gently pressing the breading. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet then continue until all of the chicken is coated.

Place chicken tenders in the preheated air fryer in a single layer (work in batches for the size of your air fryer). Cook for 8 minutes (flipping them over halfway through cooking) then transfer to the a medium bowl, repeating until all of the chicken is cooked.

In a small bowl, combine the buffalo sauce and honey then pour the spicy hot sauce over the cooked chicken. Gently toss to completely coat all pieces then return to the air fryer for 2-3 minutes or until the coating is crispy and the internal temp is 165 degrees (cooking time will vary with air fryers and the size/thickness of chicken strips).

Remove the Buffalo Chicken from the air fryer then serve right away.

closeup - black plate with air fryer buffalo chicken tenders garnished with sliced green onions

SIDES AND SERVING SUGGESTIONS:

  • Side of ranch dressing
  • Carrot sticks
  • Celery sticks
  • Side of blue cheese dressing
  • Blue cheese crumbles

READER FAVORITE AIR FRYER RECIPES:

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower – crispy air fried Buffalo Cauliflower bites. Crazy good, boldly delicious air fried in minutes for an easy, healthy appetizer or side dish.

Best Air Fryer Salmon – get perfectly cooked salmon every time in just 10 minutes. Juicy inside, lightly cripy outisde. Includes instructions for optional Teriyaki glaze.

Air Fried Sausage and Peppers – delicious, quick and easy weeknight dinner cooks completely in the air fryer in under 20 minutes! Mimics the taste of grilled sausage and peppers.

Crispy Air Fryer Buffalo Wings – bone-in chicken wings – juicy inside with a light, crispy seasoned breading outside. Uses almost no oil and cleanup is quick and easy.

Air Fryer “Fried” Oreos – Oreo cookies wrapped in dough, air fried until golden then dusted with powdered sugar. Whip up this simple fair favorite at home without a drop of oil!

Enjoy!

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black plate with air fryer buffalo chicken tenders, ranch dressing and sliced carrots and celery

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken

Boneless chicken tenders breaded, air fried to crisp and tossed in buffalo sauce. The ultimate, crowd-pleasing appetizer or quick and easy dinner.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories

Equipment

  • Air fryer

Ingredients
  

  • cooking spray
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts cut in strips (or use tenderloins)
  • 1/3 cup flour or use cornstarch for GF
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce or your favorite buffalo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees then spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper (this is where you’ll place the breaded chicken before air frying).
  • Set up a dredging station: Bowl #1: Blend flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Bowl 2: Whisk eggs. Bowl #3: Panko breadcrumbs.
  • Working one piece of chicken at a time, dredge in the flour mixture, then dip in the beaten eggs and last in the Panko gently pressing the breading. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet then continue until all of the chicken is coated.
  • Place chicken tenders in the air fryer in a single layer (work in batches as necessary). Cook for 8 minutes (flipping over halfway through cooking) then transfer to the a medium bowl, repeating until all of the chicken is cooked.
  • In a small bowl, combine the buffalo sauce and honey then pour the spicy hot sauce over the cooked chicken.
  • Gently toss to completely coat all pieces then return to the air fryer for 2-3 minutes or until the coating is crispy and the internal temp is 165 degrees (cooking time will vary with air fryers and the size/thickness of chicken strips).
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  1. Made these tonight. I used franks extra hot sauce and nearly doubled the recipe for the 2ish pounds of tenders I had. When I tossed them in sauce I ended up cooking them about five minutes more to make sure they were cooked through and crispy. They were delightful. Came out just like the picture. Nice and crispy outside and tender/juicy inside. Will definitely make again.