Crispy Perfection: Homemade Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe

Feb 28, 2024 | Main Courses




15 minutes
12-14 minutes

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History of Chicken Tenders

Legend has it that the concept of chicken tenders, also known as chicken fingers or chicken strips, originated in the United States during the 1950s. These breaded and fried pieces of chicken became a staple in American fast food culture, loved by both kids and adults alike.


Ingredients Image

  • 1 lb chicken tenderloins
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the breading station. In a shallow dish, place the flour. In another dish, beat the eggs. In a third dish, combine the bread crumbs with garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  2. Dip each chicken tenderloin into the flour, shaking off any excess. Then, dip it into the beaten eggs, allowing any excess to drip off. Finally, coat the chicken tenderloin with the seasoned bread crumbs, pressing gently to adhere the crumbs.
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
  4. Place the breaded chicken tenders in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure not to overcrowd them. You may need to cook them in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  5. Cook the chicken tenders in the air fryer for 10-12 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time, until they are golden brown and crispy.
  6. Serve the Air Fryer Chicken Tenders hot with your favorite dipping sauce or in a salad for a wholesome meal.

Cooking Instructions Image


  • For extra crunch, you can spray the breaded chicken tenders lightly with cooking spray before air frying.
  • You can customize the seasoning in the bread crumbs to suit your taste preferences. Add some parmesan cheese or dried herbs for a different flavor profile.
  • These Air Fryer Chicken Tenders can be stored in the freezer once cooked. Simply reheat them in the air fryer for a quick and easy meal.

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I hope this recipe brings joy and deliciousness to your table just as it has to mine. Enjoy the crispy perfection of these homemade Air Fryer Chicken Tenders!

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