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.
- Serves: 3 persons
- 1pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1-inch wide strips)
- 1cup dill pickle juice
- 1cup milk
- 2teaspoons salt (divided)
- 1 ½cups flour
- 1tablespoon powdered sugar
- 2teaspoons ground black pepper
- ½teaspoon onion powder
- ½teaspoon paprika
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Add 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.
Step 3Whisk together the egg, milk, and 1 teaspoon of the salt in a shallow bowl.
Step 4Whisk together the flour, confectioners' sugar, black pepper, onion powder, paprika, and remaining 1 teaspoon of salt in a shallow bowl.
Step 5Drain the chicken tenders and dip them into the dry mixture. Shake off the excess flour.
Step 6Dip them into the egg mixture. Coat each tender completely.
Step 7Dip 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.
Step 8Preheat the air fryer to 400 F.
Step 9Grease 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.
Step 10Fry for 15 minutes. Pause half way through and flip the tenders. Spray them again with the olive oil spray and finish cooking.
Step 11Repeat with remaining chicken tenders. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces.