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Golden brown chicken tenders inside air fryer.

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Course Appetizer, Dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer chicken tenderloins, air fryer chicken tenders
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 334kcal
Author Victor


  • 1 lb chicken tenders about 10 pieces
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil or olive/vegetable oil

Chicken rub

  • 1 tsp kosher salt or sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp onion powder or granulated onion
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper


  • 1 cup bread crumbs Italian seasoned
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil


  • In a medium bowl, mix the bread crumbs and the oil with a fork, until the mixture is homogeneous and crumbly.
    Bread crumbs mixed with olive oil.
  • Combine chicken rub ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Rub the chicken with sesame oil, then season with the chicken rub. Pat down to make the seasonings stick.
    Seasoned chicken tenders on a white plate.
  • Roll chicken tenders in bread crumbs and place on the air fryer rack, leaving some space between chicken pieces. Sprinkle leftover crumbs on top of the tenders.
    Chicken tenders dredged in bread crumbs, on an air fryer rack.
  • Air fry, without preheating, at 400F for 10 minutes. Your air fryer may cook differently so start checking for doneness at 8 minutes. For more crunch, cook an extra minute. The chicken will still be tender and juicy on the inside but mighty crunchy on the outside.
    Golden brown chicken tenders inside air fryer.
  • Remove the chicken and serve hot with you favorite side dish.


Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 912mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg