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20 Minute Air Fried Chicken Tenders {Breaded}

Air Fried Chicken Tenders are crispy and cooked to perfection every time in under 30 minutes! Easy enough for a quick weeknight dinner. So easy, even your kids can make them! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer chicken strips, chicken tenders with breading, homemade crispy chicken tenders
Servings: 4
Calories: 287kcal
Author: Lori @ I Heart Air Frying


  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup Panko crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • Olive oil cooking spray

For Serving

  • Ketchup
  • Honey Mustard
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Your Favorite Dipping Sauce


  • Preheat air fryer to 370 degrees F.
  • Rinse and trim the chicken if necessary. Pat dry.
  • Add bread crumbs and seasonings to a plate or shallow bowl and mix together with a fork.
  • Add beaten eggs to a second plate or shallow bowl.
  • Add flour to a third plate or shallow bowl.
  • Dip one chicken tender in flour, then in eggs, and then in breadcrumbs mixture, coating evenly on all sides.
  • Set coated tender on plate or tray and repeat steps with the remaining tenders.
  • Place coated tenders in air fryer basket, making sure to leave adequate space for air circulation. Do NOT crowd or stack the chicken.
  • Lightly spritz the coated tenders with olive oil spray.
  • Cook chicken until golden brown and internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, turning & spraying with oil at the halfway point. Total cook time is about 8-10 minutes depending on the size of the tenders.
  • Repeat with remaining chicken, if needed.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce


  • Store leftover chicken strips in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. 


Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 580mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 154IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg