How To Make Air Fryer Chicken Tenders At Home

Crispy and yummy chicken tenders

When you are learning to cook, any recipe can seem intimidating. But, the air fryer chicken tenders recipe will make you pro in the kitchen in no time. These are super crispy and tasty without deep frying and stay incredibly moist and juicy. So, considering this meal as your dinner or lunch is the best choice.

Chicken tenders are also known as chicken strips, chicken fingers, and chicken tempura. According to Manchester, a New Hampshire restaurant called ”The Puritan Backroom”, invented chicken tenders in 1974. When you want to feed your family and friends but don’t know cooking, these quick and easy chicken tenders are sure to impress.

To make air fryer chicken tenders, mix mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and garlic in one bowl. In the same bowl, add chicken and let the chicken marinate. In another bowl, mix breadcrumbs, grated parmesan, salt and pepper. Dip marinated chicken in the bowl and place on the air fry bottom try. Heat for some time and your air fryer chicken tenders are ready to eat.

This is just a snippet of the recipe. But you don’t have to worry, I have mentioned the recipe in detail. So, one who doesn’t know cooking can cook it easily. Then, what are you waiting for, go and check the detailed recipe below. But before you read out the entire recipe, check out other dishes from the starters section of our blog.

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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe

Air fryer chicken tenders are yummy, crispy and healthy food to eat at brunch, lunch and also dinner time. It can be served with zucchini tomato orzo and lemon wedges for squeezing.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Starters
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 302 kcal


  • Two shallow bowls
  • Grater
  • Air Fryer


For Chicken Marination:

  • ½ cup Mayonnaise.
  • 2 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (pressed and use grater for pressing garlic)
  • 2 pounds Chicken

For Breading:

  • 1 cup Plain Bread Crumbs
  • 1 cup  Panko Bread Crumbs
  • ½ cup Parmesan (grated)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)

For Air Fryer

  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil


Prepare Marinade Without Egg:

  • Mix ½ cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard and 2 garlic cloves (pressed) in a large bowl.
  • Add 2 pound of chicken tenders inside the mixture.
  • Let the chicken marinate for 1 hour.

Prepare Breading Mixture:

  • In order to make breading, mix 1 cup plain bread crumbs, 1 cup panko bread crumbs, ½ cup grated Parmesan, salt and pepper to taste in another bowl.
  • Then coat the chicken tenders in the breaded mixture.

Air Fry:

  • Place the breaded chicken on the air fry bottom tray.
  • Spray the bottom of tray and breaded chicken with olive oil.
  • Arrange chicken strips in a single layer on your bottom tray.
  • Set air fryer to 300°F.
  • Heat strip for 12-14 minutes.
  • And let stand 1-2 minutes before serving.



 You can also use homemade breadcrumbs made with whole-wheat bread. 
The air frying time will vary, it all depends upon your Air fryer and the size of your tenders.
Spray oil on the tenders when you flip so that the tenders are nice and crispy.
You can add different spices, depending upon your preference.
If you don’t want to prepare marinate without egg. You can use other ingredients for marination like egg, tomato paste, flour and water, and also milk.
You can increase or decrease the marination timing, according to your choice.


Calories: 302kcalCarbohydrates: 25.5gProtein: 37.8gFat: 6.4gSaturated Fat: 0.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5.9gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 1087mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 2.2g
Keyword Air fryer chicken tenders, American cuisine, chicken tenders
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