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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Air fryer chicken tenders are completely mouthwatering with a tender and juicy inside and a crispy outside coating. A quick to make, perfect weeknight meal recipe your family will love. Healthy to make with less oil and the fried recipe!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 578kcal
Author Lyndsey


  • 2 pounds chicken tenders
  • ½ cup pancake mix
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1.5 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • additional salt + pepper to taste


  • Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Season with salt & pepper
  • Season pancake mix with ½ teaspoon each salt, pepper, onion powder, paprika and garlic powder.
  • Season breadcrumbs with ½ teaspoon each salt, pepper, onion powder, paprika and garlic powder.
  • Whisk egg. Line up three bowls to begin coating.
  • Dip chicken tenders into flour, egg, then breadcrumbs. Move to a side plate.
  • Place tenders into the basket. Cook at 360F for 6 minutes. Flip chicken tenders and cook for an additional 6 minutes. Cook until temperature reaches 165F.


Be sure to pat the tenderloins dry before seasoning.
Cook in a single layer and cook in multiple batches if needed.
Be sure to not overcrowd the basket, allowing space between pieces.
Reheating Instructions: Reheat by cooking at 360F for 5 minutes.
Storage Instructions: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
Serving size:  approximately 3 tenders.


Serving: 4servings | Calories: 578kcal | Carbohydrates: 64.6g | Protein: 29.7g | Fat: 21.9g