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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders l SimplyScratch.com

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

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Skip the previously deep-fried and frozen aisle and make these healthy crispy air fryer chicken tenders! Lightly breaded and seasoned chicken tenders get golden and crispy in just minutes and will no doubt be a hit at your household!
Course Mains & Entrees
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, chicken, chicken tenders, easy, healthy, kid friendly
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 26 mins
Total Time 31 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 75
Author Laurie McNamara


  • chicken tenders or about 12
  • olive oil spray
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon all-purpose season salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Spray both sides of your chicken tenders with olive oil cooking spray.
  • In a shallow bow, whisk together the breadcrumbs, season salt and pepper. Working in batches, press each tender into the crumbs and turn to coat. Shake off any excess and place onto a clean platter or cutting board and repeat.
  • Lightly spray the chicken tenders and the wire rack/basket (of your air fryer) to prevent sticking and preheat to 390°.
  • Once preheated, work in batches of 3 or 4 tenders at a time, keep them from touching to avoid sticking. Cook for 3 minutes, use clean tongs to turn and repeat for 3 more minutes more. Transfer to a cooling rack before repeating with the remaining chicken tenders.
  • To reheat, add all of the crispy (cooked) chicken tenders to the basket and heat at 390° for an additional minute or so.


Serving: 3tenders | Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 357mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg