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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Forget the frozen or fast food version! Make crispy chicken tenders right at home in your air fryer.

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Chicken nuggets and/or tenders are the one thing nearly all my kids eat. Out of 5 kids, 4 of them eat them in some form or fashion. 4 out of 5?! That sounds pretty good to me. 😉

Making them in the air fryer is a lot less messy than oil frying, less expensive than take out and much healthier than the frozen version.

Ingredients List:

  • Boneless chicken breasts
  • Egg whites
  • Flour
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Bread crumbs

Chicken: Usually, I buy a one pound package of boneless chicken breasts, then, cut them into about 12 strips. However, you can use the pre cut boneless chicken tenders in your meat section.

Air Fryer Chicken Tender dipping

How to Make:

  • Make an assembly line with 3 pie plates or flat rimmed dishes. The first, fill with flour, the second, with egg whites and the final dish with bread crumbs.
  • Pat the chicken strips dry, then, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Coat the tenders with flour. You can do this individually or as a group in a plastic storage bag. Simply add the flour into large “ziploc” type storage bag, then, add a few tenders. Close the bag and shake to coat.
  • After coating with flour, dredge through the beaten egg whites. Finally, coat them in bread crumbs.
  • Working in batches, cook breaded chicken tenders in your air fryer for 10 minutes. About halfway through cooking, remove the basket and give them a light toss.

Important Note:

  • Cooking time may vary. This depends on your brand of air fryer and size/thickness of the chicken tenders. For your first batch, cook just 1 or 2 tenders to test.

Dipping Sauce Options:

Air Fryer Chicken Tender pin image
Yield: 12 tenders

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Table for Seven

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders- Forget the frozen or fast food version! Make crispy chicken tenders right at home in your air fryer.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2-3 boneless chicken breasts, cut into
  • strips (about 12 pieces)
  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs whites, lightly beaten with a fork
  • salt/pepper, to taste preference


  1. Pat chicken strips dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  1. Set up an assembly line 3 pie plates or flat rimmed dishes.
  2. Fill one plate with flour. Another with beaten egg whites and then, the final with bread crumbs.
  3. Coat chicken well with flour mixture. Then, take each piece of flour-coated chicken and coat in egg/mixture. Then, coat in bread crumbs.
  4. Spray basket of air fryer with non stick cooking spray.
  5. In batches, cook chicken strips at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. About halfway through cooking, remove basket and shake gently.


cooking time may vary, depending on the size/thickness of your tenders

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 181mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 13g

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