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Plate of breaded air fryer chicken breasts with sauce on the side and a parsley garnish.

Breaded Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

These Breaded Air Fryer Chicken Tenders are crispy, juicy, and delicious. Tons of flavor and no grease, you're going to love this yummy chicken.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
marinate 3 hours (optional) 0 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 338kcal
Author Dina


Chicken Marinade

Breading mixture


Make the marinade and add the chicken

  • Combine the 1/4 mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, and 1 pressed garlic clove in a large bowl and place the 1 pound of chicken tenders inside. When pressing the garlic, I highly recommend using this grater. Its my favorite tool in my kitchen.
  • Toss the chicken around in the marinade. You can begin dredging the chicken tenders right away or let them marinate for a few hours or even overnight for the best flavor.

Dredge in bread crumb mixture

  • Now make the breading by combining 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs, 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.
  • Then generously coat the chicken tenders in the breading mixture.
  • Place the breaded chicken on the air fryer basket (about 4 tenders at a time). Then lightly spray the bottom of the basket and the top of the breaded chicken with avocado oil spray from your own oil mister or cooking spray.

Bake in the air fryer

  • Bake in the air fryer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 4-5 minutes per side. A good way to know that your chicken is done is by inserting a meat thermometer into the center of the chicken. It should read at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.



Can I freeze them?
Yes! After you are done cooking the air fryer chicken tenders, let them thoroughly cool and then place them in a ziplock bag in the freezer. They will last for about 1 month. The chicken can then be reheated in the air fryer.
What goes well with breaded chicken tenders
These breaded air fryer chicken breasts taste delicious with a dipping sauce. You can try this tangy ranch, tasty Chick-Fil-A sauce, or this sweet and smoky barbecue sauce.
How long will it take to cook frozen chicken tenders?
Frozen chicken tenders will take about 12 minutes total to cook, flipping halfway through. Then they will be thoroughly cooked and ready to serve.


Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 803mg | Potassium: 461mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 2mg