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crispy breaded air fried chicken tenders
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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Crispy, juicy buttermilk air fried chicken tenders in under 15 minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Marinate15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fried chicken tenders, air fryer recipes, chicken strips, chicken tenders, chicken fingers
Servings: 4
Calories:

Equipment

  • Air fryer

Ingredients

The Marinade:

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders breasts may be used - slice into 1 1/2" strips
  • 1 cup buttermilk see post for How to Make Homemade Buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

The Breading:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  • If you’re using chicken breasts, slice them into about 1 1/2″ strips then add the marinade ingredients to a bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Add the chicken to the marinade then cover and refrigerate 15 minutes up to 2 hours.
  • Add the breading ingredients to a shallow bowl then whisk to combine. 
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Remove the tenders from the marinade one at a time then add them to the breading, pressing firmly to coat them. Transfer the breaded tenders to the waiting baking sheet then continue until all the chicken is breaded.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400° then spray generously both sides of the tenders with cooking spray. Working in batches, add the tenders to the air fryer basket cooking 10-12 minutes total (4-6 minutes per side) or until the chicken is cooked through, turning halfway. Cooking times vary depending upon the air fryer and exact size of the tender.