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A plate of air fryer chicken tenders served with ketchup.

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

These air fryer chicken tenders are fresh chicken tenderloins coated in breadcrumbs, spices and parmesan cheese, then air fried until golden brown and crispy. A lightened up version of classic chicken fingers with less fat and just as much flavor.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 277kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1 1/4 pounds raw chicken tenders also sometimes called tenderloins
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper plus more to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • cooking spray


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  • Place the flour in a medium sized bowl. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Place the eggs in another medium bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of water and whisk until smooth.
  • Place the Italian style breadcrumbs, panko breadcrumbs, grated parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl. Mix well.
  • Dredge each chicken piece in flour, then coat in egg, then roll in the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Repeat the process with all the chicken.
  • Drizzle the melted butter over the tenders, then spray the chicken with cooking spray.
  • Place the chicken in a single layer in the air fryer. You may need to work in batches.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking time, or until chicken is cooked through and coating is brown and crispy. Serve immediately.



Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 193mg | Sodium: 697mg | Potassium: 663mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 448IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 4mg