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These Air Fryer Chicken Tenders are delicious and extra crispy! A fraction of the fat and calories of fried chicken tenders! The breading is also gluten-free!

Air fryers are a miraculous new invention. If you haven’t made the leap to air fryer cooking, now is the time to do so. Air frying takes a fraction of the time that baking does, and the results you get are just as, if not more, effective at achieving that ever-elusive crispy crust that we all long for in fried foods.

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We love foods that are cooked in the air fryer. Although recipes require a bit of fine-tuning, once you get the hang of your new air fryer, you can apply things that you have learned through creating other dishes to new foods. Each air fryer is different, so at first, constantly monitor your food so that it does not burn.

Are air-fried chicken tenders healthy?

Air-fried chicken tenders will have considerably less fat than chicken tenders that are cooked in oil. 4 grams, as opposed to about 20 grams.

The key to using your air fryer to make meals healthier for your family is to consider the fact that the keyword in air fried is fried.

Although air-fried foods require very little fat to get crispy, these are still breaded, so they will be less healthy than foods that are broiled without the added carbohydrates.

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Are these tenders gluten-free?

Yes. These Chicken Tenders are both gluten-free and Dairy / Lactose-Free for those of you on special diets. I prefer them to other breading because the cornflakes get extra crunchy.

Don’t buy packaged cornflake crumbs, either. All you have to do to make your own is grind cornflake cereal in your food processor for a few moments. Store them in an air-tight bag in your pantry, and you will have homemade breading at your fingertips.

Ingredients you need

  • Fresh chicken tenders or chicken nuggets.
  • Crushed cornflakes – grind your own. It’s cheaper.
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Paprika
  • Black pepper – freshly cracked is best
  • Kosher salt or sea salt

Here’s how to make them

  1. Mix flour with salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Crack an egg in another bowl. Whisk.
  3. Mix cornflake crumbs, salt, pepper, and paprika in a third bowl.
  4. Dip chicken pieces in flour. Shake off excess.
  5. Dip in egg mixture, again, shake off excess.
  6. Press chicken down in cornflake mixture to adhere.
  7. Place on a clean tray.
  8. Place chicken tenders in an air fryer basket. Spray both sides with cooking spray.
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Preheat the air fryer to 425°F. Cook for 5-8 minutes on the first side until browned. Flip with tongs and continue to air fry another 5-8 minutes until internal temperature reaches 165°F.

What dipping sauces go well with chicken tenders?

Now tell me you wouldn’t rather serve these to your kids instead of going to Mickey D’s!

You don’t even have to feel bad serving them these chicken tenders and chicken nuggets with a nice salad and some sweet potato fries!

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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

These Air Fryer Chicken Tenders are delicious and extra crispy! A fraction of the fat and calories of fried chicken tenders! The breading is also gluten free!
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Course: entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 323kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $3

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 425°F.
  • Dip chicken tenders in flour, shaking off excess. Then dip in whisked egg, letting excess drip off. Next dip in corn flake crumbs, pressing down to adhere crumbs.
  • Place in air fryer basket, so that they do not touch. Spray with cooking spray on both sides.
  • Cook on first side 5-8 minutes, depending on your air fryer. Check often.
  • Once browned on the first side flip over carefully with tongs. Continue cooking for 5-8 additional minutes, until lightly browned, crisp. Internal temperature should be 165°F.
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Notes

Air Fryers vary in wattage, and therefore in cooking times. This recipe is based using my Cuisinart TOA60. If your air fryer is different, carefully watch food the first time you make it, so that it doesn’t burn.
Preheating your air fryer will give you the best, crispiest result. Check your brand of air fryer user manual to see if preheating is recommended.
Air fryers preheat in about 3-4 minutes.
Use cooking spray or a fine mist sprayer to spray food prior to cooking, with the exception of baked goods.
Don’t overcrowd foods so air can circulate all around. 
Flip foods over half way through cooking. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 434mg | Potassium: 512mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 800IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 12.5mg
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Originally published 4/1/19 Updated 1/25/2022.

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14 Comments

  1. 2 stars
    Very soggy, even following the recipe to the letter. Needed an extra seven minutes to be edible. First time visitor, last time trying this website.

    1. Hi Elven, I’m sorry your tenders weren’t done. I have clearly stated in the recipe card and in the article that air fryers differ in wattage, and therefore, in cooking times. If they needed additional time, you just should have cooked them for longer and they would have been crispy. Also, notice in the recipe that the internal temperature of the chicken must be a minimum of 165°F.

    1. I just love mine Matt! Everything we have made in it turned out fantastic! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. We just love our air fryer! Everything we cook in there comes out perfect! Even doughnuts! Thanks Tisha!

  2. 5 stars
    I love air fryer recipes and these chicken tenders look so crispy and delicious! Really can’t wait to try these!

  3. 5 stars
    This came together so quickly and was a big hit with my kids! I will definitely be making these again in the near future! So yummy!

  4. 5 stars
    I just got an air fryer. I have been searching for recipes and stumbled across your site. Are you planning to do air fryer shrimp recipes? That would be fun to see what you do.

    1. I definitely am doing shrimp recipes! Several of them that I can think of off the top of my head! I have one recipe in testing right now! Stay tuned! And thanks Alexis!

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