Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe

Crispy and crunchy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside—you will want to cook all of your chicken tenders in the air fryer from now on.
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  • Serves: 3 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Add the chicken tender pieces to a bowl or plastic bag. Pour the dill pickle juice over the top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 hours. Do not marinate overnight.
  3. Step 3

    Whisk together the egg, milk, and 1 teaspoon of the salt in a shallow bowl. 
  4. Step 4

    Whisk together the flour, confectioners' sugar, black pepper, onion powder, paprika, and remaining 1 teaspoon of salt in a shallow bowl. 
  5. Step 5

    Drain the chicken tenders and dip them into the dry mixture. Shake off the excess flour. 
  6. Step 6

    Dip them into the egg mixture. Coat each tender completely. 
  7. Step 7

    Dip them into the dry mixture again. Shake off the excess flour. Make sure to completely coat with flour. You don't want any wet spots. This will cause the tenders to stick to the air fryer basket.
  8. Step 8

    Preheat the air fryer to 400 F. 
  9. Step 9

    Grease the basket of the air fryer with olive oil generously to prevent sticking. Add a single layer of the tenders and spray them with olive oil spray.
  10. Step 10

    Fry for 15 minutes. Pause half way through and flip the tenders. Spray them again with the olive oil spray and finish cooking. 
  11. Step 11

    Repeat with remaining chicken tenders. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces.