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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe

Crispy air fryer chicken tenders

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders with Zesty Dipping Sauce

Are you ready to take your taste buds on a crispy adventure? Look no further than these mouthwatering Air Fryer Chicken Tenders! This recipe combines perfectly juicy chicken with a crunchy coating, all cooked to perfection in your trusty air fryer. And to kick things up a notch, we've got a zesty dipping sauce that'll have you coming back for seconds. Let's get frying!

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tender Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 pound chicken tenders

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (Panko or regular)

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

For Zesty Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat Your Air Fryer: Set your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) to preheat while you prepare the chicken tenders.

  2. Prepare the Coating: In a shallow bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to create your crispy coating mixture.

  3. Coat the Chicken: Dip each chicken tender first into the beaten eggs, allowing any excess to drip off, and then coat it thoroughly with the breadcrumb mixture. Press gently to ensure the coating sticks.

  4. Air Fryer Magic: Place the coated chicken tenders in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Make sure to leave some space between them for proper air circulation. You might need to cook them in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.

  5. Crisp It Up: Slide the basket into your preheated air fryer and cook the chicken tenders for about 10-12 minutes. Halfway through, pause and give the basket a gentle shake to ensure even cooking. The chicken tenders should be golden brown and crispy when done.

  6. Whip Up the Dipping Sauce: While the chicken is air frying, it's time to make the zesty dipping sauce. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, honey, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Adjust the seasonings to taste.

  7. Serve and Savor: Once the chicken tenders are ready, remove them from the air fryer and let them cool for a minute. Serve them alongside the zesty dipping sauce, and get ready to indulge in crispy, flavorful goodness!

Pro Tip: Feel free to customize the seasoning mix to your taste. Add a dash of cayenne pepper for a spicy kick or experiment with your favorite herbs for an extra layer of flavor.

There you have it – a recipe that's guaranteed to make your air fryer your new best friend. These crispy chicken tenders with zesty dipping sauce are perfect for a quick weeknight meal, game day snacking, or anytime you're in the mood for a flavor-packed treat. So, fire up that air fryer and get ready to savor the crunch!

For more delicious Chicken Recipes for your Air Fryer, head over to our Chicken Main Page.



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