Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

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Air fryer chicken tenders are crispy, juicy, and also super quick and easy to throw together! If you're looking for an alternative to frozen chicken tenders, you are going to love this recipe.


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  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken tenders
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • olive oil spray


  1. Heat air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. In a shallow bowl, combine mayo with Dijon mustard and a couple pinches of salt and pepper.
  3. In another shallow bowl, combine Panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, paprika, and a couple large pinches of salt and pepper.
  4. Pat chicken tenders dry with a paper towel. Add them to the mayonnaise mixture and toss to coat evenly on all sides.
  5. Dredge chicken in the breadcrumb mixture, gently pressing it into each piece of chicken.
  6. Place chicken about an inch apart on the air fryer tray/basket. 
  7. Spray with olive oil cooking spray.
  8. Air fry for 10-12 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the breadcrumbs are dark golden brown.
  9. Garnish with parsley if desired, slice, and enjoy!



  • Lay the chicken tenders out in a single layer. To ensure the chicken tenders cook evenly and crisp up, lay the tenders out in a single layer on the air fryer tray or basket. Depending on your air fryer, you may have to cook the tenders in batches. I have the Instant Vortex which I love because it has two large shelves so I can cook them all at once.
  • Spray the olive oil spray several inches above the tenders so that it doesn't blow all the breading off of the tenders.


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