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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders create a healthier option to fried chicken tenders but still a tender piece of chicken that is crispy on the outside. The panko breadcrumb crust creates a crunchy crust on the chicken, but you can sub in regular breadcrumbs, and has great flavor from the spices. These are a kid and adult favorite!
AIR FRYER CHICKEN TENDERS
They are recipes I make time and time again for my family.
They are not only healthy, but easy to make. I have recently been making the chicken finger recipe in the air fryer.
I love Air Fryer Chicken Tenders because I can get them crispy quickly. It takes about 10-12 minutes total in the air fryer.
There are so many reasons I love my air fryer but a few are: it involves very little clean-up, it gets the food extra crispy without the guilt of deep frying the food and it cooks food quickly.
Today’s recipe for chicken tenders in the air fryer serve about 4-5 so if you are feeding a larger group you might want to double the recipe.
My kids go crazy for these so I would suggest doubling the recipe if you have hungry children!
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN AIR FRYER CHICKEN TENDERS?
CHICKEN TENDERS: You can usually find chicken tenders at most grocery stores.
I buy about 1 1/2 pounds for this recipe and it feeds 4-5 people. You can easily double this recipe!
BREADCRUMBS: I like to use panko breadcrumbs because I think it adds more texture and helps to create a crispier crust on the chicken.
You can also use regular breadcrumbs if you want
PARMESAN CHEESE: The Parmesan cheese helps to add savory flavor to the chicken and works well to create the crust we all love so much on chicken tenders.
I use shredded Parmesan cheese but you can use grated too.
SPICES: The spice combination I use is thyme, garlic powder, parsley and paprika.
You can also use Italian seasoning in place of the thyme to get a more herby flavor and if paprika isn’t your thing leave it out.
OLIVE OIL: A lot of recipes uses egg to bind the ingredients together but I have always used olive oil and works great.
If you would prefer egg you can swap that for the olive oil but I suggest giving the olive oil a try to see if you like it.
HOW DO YOU MAKE AIR FRYER CHICKEN TENDERS?
In a shallow bowl mix the panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, thyme, parsley, paprika, salt and pepper and stir until combined. Set aside.
Pour the 1/4 cup olive oil into another shallow bowl.
Dredge the chicken in the olive oil and then into the dry ingredients making sure both sides are coated.
Preheat air fryer to 400F.
Work in batches to cook the chicken for about 6 minutes per side, or until the outside is crispy and the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
You want to make sure that the chicken tenders aren’t touching in the air fryer and have a small space between each one.
Remove from the air fryer and sprinkle with fresh parsley if you want and serve warm with ketchup or honey mustard dipping sauce.
HOW DO I STORE LEFTOVER AIR FRYER CHICKEN STRIPS
You can store the leftovers in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
WHAT IS AIR FRY COOKING?
A lot of people might be wondering how an air fryer works. It is similar to an amped-up countertop convection oven. Its compact space promotes even faster cooking.
The top of the unit holds a heating mechanism and a fan. Hot air rushes down and around the food which is placed in a basket.
The rapid air circulation helps crisp up food.
A lot of people compare it to deep frying food but much, much healthier! It also requires very little clean-up and most of the time the basket in the air fryer can go in the dishwasher.
IS AIR FRIED FOOD HEALTHY?
My favorite part of using the air fryer is that the food can get that crispy outer layer that happens when you deep fry food.
When you air fry food it can cut 70 to 80% of the calories from the food and has less fat. You also are using no vegetable oil when using the air fryer which is much healthier.
WHAT SHOULD I SERVE WITH THESE AIR FRYER CHICKEN TENDERS?
You can swap and use regular breadcrumbs if you want. Feel free to use any combination of spices that you like.
You can swap and use regular breadcrumbs if you want.
Feel free to use any combination of spices that you like.