Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe

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This Air Fryer Chicken Tenders recipe makes crispy, tender, and delicious chicken fingers that bake to perfection in the air fryer. 

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe - These crispy, tender and delicious chicken fingers are baked to perfection in the air fryer. // addapinch.com

If you are looking for something to serve with these air fryer chicken tenders, try my sweet potato wedges. I recommend serving them both with buttermilk ranch dressing, comeback sauce, or the Avocado dressing included in the sweet potato wedges recipe!

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

These easy chicken tenders are so flavorful and delicious! They marinate in a buttermilk marinade and are then coated in a light, crispy flour coating and then baked in the air fryer to golden brown perfection. Since they are cooked in the air fryer, they are not greasy but have a crispy exterior and a tender juicy inside.

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe - These crispy, tender and delicious chicken fingers are baked to perfection in the air fryer. // addapinch.com

I start by seasoning my buttermilk with a little bit of hot sauce. You can add as little or as much as you like. I generally use about 1/2 teaspoon per cup of buttermilk, but again, if you like a little more of a spicy kick for your chicken tenders, you can add a little bit more. I would recommend experimenting before adding a great deal more, especially if you are serving to children or to someone that doesn’t like much spice in their foods.

Once you’ve added the hot sauce, give it a quick stir into the buttermilk and then add your chicken tenders. If you can, cover them with wrap or a tight fitting lid and then let them soak in the buttermilk mixture overnight. It makes them even more delicious! If not, let them soak in the buttermilk mixture while you are preparing all of the other ingredients. Every little bit helps!

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe - These crispy, tender and delicious chicken fingers are baked to perfection in the air fryer. // addapinch.com

When ready to cook, mix together your flour and Stone House Seasoning in a bowl or dish that you’ll use for dredging your chicken tenders. Once I have both in my bowl, I like to run a whisk through them to mix them together well and remove any of those lumps in the flour! 🙂

Next, add just about 1/4 cup of your buttermilk mixture into your flour mixture and whisk together.

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe - These crispy, tender and delicious chicken fingers are baked to perfection in the air fryer. // addapinch.com

Next add a few of your chicken tenders at a time to the flour mixture and make sure that they are well coated. I like to gently press the flour mixture into the chicken tenders to make sure that as many of the clumps adhere to the chicken as possible. This is messy business at this point. I recommend being close by to a sink for washing your hands. Another recommendation is to have a wet hand (the hand you take the chicken from the buttermilk with) and a dry hand (the hand that you handle the flour and coated chicken tenders with). It makes it a little bit less messy, but you’ll still want to be close to a sink! 🙂

Once I have them well coated. I spray my air fryer basket well with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil spray. I then add my chicken tenders to the preheated air fryer basket. Then, spritz the  chicken tenders with the olive oil spray or cooking spray.

I like to work in batches only cooking the amount of chicken tenders at a time that will allow for good air flow around them so that they cook evenly and quickly. The number will depend on the size of your chicken tenders and the size of your air fryer.

And for me, it works out fine. I start serving as soon as the first batch is cooked and then pop the second batch into the air fryer basket to cook while we begin supper. Then, if anyone wants more chicken tenders, they are freshly cooked and warm straight from the air fryer!

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe - These crispy, tender and delicious chicken fingers are baked to perfection in the air fryer. // addapinch.com

Cook your chicken tenders at 370º F for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through and spritzing the top side again with olive oil or cooking spray. Once your chicken tenders have cooked through, remove them from the air fryer and serve with your favorite dipping sauces! We like homemade ranch dressing, comeback sauce, and honey mustard to name a few! A few delicious suggestions for side dishes that we always love are sweet potato fries, coleslaw, potato salad, or fruit salad! Yum!

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe - These crispy, tender and delicious chicken fingers are baked to perfection in the air fryer. // addapinch.com

Here’s my Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe. I hope you love them as much as we do!

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe – These crispy, tender and delicious chicken fingers are baked to perfection in the air fryer. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, or more, if desired
  • 2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Stone House Seasoning
  • olive oil spray

Instructions 

  • Add hot sauce to buttermilk and whisk together to combine. Add chicken tenders to the buttermilk mixture and refrigerate overnight, if possible. If not possible, allow the chicken tenders to soak in the buttermilk as you prepare your other ingredients. 
  • Preheat air fryer to 400º F. 
  • Add flour and Stone House Seasoning to a bowl or a large, shallow dish. Whisk to combine. Pour in 1/4 of the buttermilk mixture and whisk to incorporate.
  • Remove half of chicken tenders, a few at a time, from the buttermilk and place into the flour mixture. Coat all sides of the chicken tenders with the flour mixture. Lightly press the flour mixture onto the chicken tenders to make sure that the clumps of the breading adhere to the chicken tender. 
  • Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil spray. Arrange chicken tenders in the air fryer basket, making sure that they are not touching so air can flow around the chicken tenders as they cook. Spritz the chicken tenders with the olive oil spray (or nonstick cooking spray) and set the timer for 10 minutes. 
  • Using tongs, turn the chicken tenders over in the air fryer basket and spritz the chicken tenders with the olive oil spray (or nonstick cooking spray) and set the time for another 10 minutes. 
  • As the first batch of chicken tenders finishes, prepare the second half of the chicken tenders for cooking and repeat the steps for cooking.

Nutrition

Serving: 4tenders | Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 953mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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34 Comments

  1. Alice says:

    I am having a hard time doing the chicken tenders recipe. I can only place 3 tenders in the basket, flour is every where. I have all of these tenders prepare to cook and not able to do so. Help is needed

  2. Marcie Dunn says:

    I tried them and the taste was good but they were dry and hard as rocks. The chicken inside was tender. Perhaps not the right fit for my family. 

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I’m sorry that happened when you made them Marcie. I’ve never had a problem like that with this recipe, so I can’t be sure what happened – perhaps difference in air fryers. Thanks!

  3. Sarah O'Neill says:

    Was so excited to try these but unfortunately they did not work out well. My batter was thick and gloopy and was impossible to turn them over half way through. The chicken was very tasty though and moist and loved the stone house seasoning. But I’m sure it will be trial and error with these and I’ll just keep trying. I think I will try flour/egg/breadcrumb mixed with the stone house seasoning next time and see how these turn out. Definitely going to try out your ranch dressing with the next batch. I done mine in 2 batches and on the second batch I lined my basket with parchment paper and pierced a few holes in it to let the air circulate and these ones I was able to turn better as they did not stick. They probably would’ve been better only for the gloopy batter. As I said trial and error. **Do not preheat with parchment** only use while cooking if needed!! Thanks again. 

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi Sarah,
      I’m so glad that you loved the Stone House Seasoning and the taste and tenderness of the chicken tenders. They are fabulous with the ranch dressing! That was great thinking about using the parchment paper and great advice about not using when preheating your air fryer. As I was testing my air fryer, I discovered that a lot of things do stick and really have to spray mine well with nonstick cooking spray or with my olive oil mister. Then, they release really easily. The thickness of the batter is to give that really crunchy, crispy coating for chicken tenders, but you can definitely change it up to your flour, egg and breadcrumb recipe! xo

  4. Catherine Pfister says:

    5 stars
    I have never used an Air Fryer, but the more recipes I see, the more I want to try this new machine. I have heard others talk about how wonderful they are, and as I have gotten older, and my health issues won’t allow me to each “fried” foods, I think this is something I need to look into and try!
    I always look forward to seeing your recipes and trying them!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thank you so much, Catherine!

  5. Stella says:

    5 stars
    This is such a great idea! Great to prepare on a Sunday for days in the week when you don’t have time! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Liz says:

    Robyn!
    Help follow the recipe and flavor was good but they look more like burnt, what am I missing?

    1. Kara Mariotti says:

      Mine did too.  I have a Ninja Foodi and reduced the temp to 350.  It helped. 

  7. Nicky E says:

    5 stars
    Hi, Robyn!

    Great recipe! I’ve been hearing a lot of good benefits by air frying food. I’m now convinced to get one! Thanks a lot for sharing with us this recipe! 🙂

  8. Jann Forrest says:

    I have one never used and am sorry I bought it. It is so big no good place to store it and recipes are not all that simple. I have asked several people if they want one and they mostly tell me I had one and gave it away.
    I do love your recipes though but just had to say this.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Aww! I hate that you didn’t enjoy your air fryer. I will admit that they do take up a bit of room on the countertop. I had to make a special place in my pantry to store mine when it isn’t in use (alongside my blender, instant pot and slow cooker!) and I’m running out of space! 🙂

  9. Sanju says:

    Stone house seasoning not available here any other seasoning

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi Sanju,
      Stone House Seasoning is my own seasoning blend recipe. In the chicken tenders recipe, I have the link to the Stone House Seasoning for you! I hope you enjoy it!

  10. BettyAnne says:

    Would you please share which air fryer you use?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi BettyAnne,
      Absolutely! I use the Philips Avance XL Air Fryer.

    2. Robert Green says:

      I unfortunately did not have much luck with this recipe. The batter did not brown at all; it still looked like white, uncooked flower when I pulled the tenders out of the airfryer. Not sure what I’m doing wrong, considering I’ve made battered wings before with no problems. Has anyone else had this issue and if so, did you find a way to fix it?

    3. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi Robert,
      I’m not sure what went wrong with your chicken tenders since I have not had this problem. Did you preheat the air fryer before placing the chicken tenders in, add buttermilk to the flour and seasoning, spray the air fryer basket well with non-stick cooking spray, and spritz the chicken tenders well with the olive oil spray or cooking oil spray before cooking? Hope you try this recipe again and it turns out well for you.

    4. Charlotte says:

      Did these tonight and I had dry spots too. They were still good but they weren’t golden like I had expected.