Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Tenders

January 10, 2021
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No more freezer burnt chicken tenders or take out, get the crisp your kids (and you!) will love right at home with the air fryer.

I think that if I had to pick one FAVORITE thing to make in my Air Fryer, it would have to be Crispy Chicken Tenders. And when I say “crispy”, I mean CRISPY! Beyond the technology of the air fryer, I think the thing that contributes to the crispiness of these tenders more than anything else is the combination of both traditional seasoned breadcrumbs and panko breadcrumbs. The traditional breadcrumbs coat the chicken really well and the style of the panko breadcrumb enhances the crispiness with a slightly different texture. Combined they make the perfect Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Tenders!

A Kid Crowd Pleaser

Whether I want to admit it or not, my kids are currently in a phase where they only want to eat “kid food” (mom sighs). While I’m still offering a healthy dose of fruits and veggies, their requests are usually for something crispy and brown. My air fryer has been a great companion for this because I can make literally ANYTHING crispy with a quick spritz of olive oil and a few minutes in a hot air fryer. I couldn’t believe how quickly they gobbled up crispy green beans the other night! This small kitchen appliance has been a lifesaver when it comes to getting good foods in my kids (even if I do have to disguise them in crispy fried goodness).

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Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Tenders


  • Author: Kelsey Nixon
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x

Description

My favorite way to make the world’s crispiest chicken tenders.


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Ingredients

  • 10 chicken tenders (1 lb. )
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • olive oil spray

Instructions

Can’t Have Tenders Without Fries

While we have the air fryer up and running, we might as well throw in chicken tenders best friend: french fries! Russet, sweet, or any other potato work great as a companion to chicken tenders. You can buy the fries pre-cut and frozen or simply cut your own fries. We’ve like experimenting with a few seasonings, but mostly a dash of kosher salt does the trick. I also love a quick toss with minced fresh herbs.

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Sweet Potato Fries


  • Author: Kelsey Nixon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Description

Frozen French Fries have never tasted good! 


Ingredients

  1. 2 medium peeled sweet potatoes (12 oz total)

  2. 2 teaspoons olive oil

  3. 1/2 tsp kosher salt

  4. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  5. 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika

  6. fresh black pepper (to taste)


Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400°F 8 minutes.

  2. Lightly spray the fryer basket with oil.

  3. Slice each potato into even 1/4 inch thick fries.

  4. Toss with oil, salt, garlic powder, black pepper and paprika.

  5. Cook in 2 or 3 batches, without overcrowding the pan 8 minutes, turning half way.