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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
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4.43 from 14 votes

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside! These homemade breaded chicken strips are marinated in buttermilk to make them extra tender and have a crispy flavorful panko breadcrumb crust seasoned with a KFC-copycat spice mix.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 316kcal


  • 1 lbs chicken tenders (10-12 tenders)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp melted butter or oil spray


  • Place the chicken tenders in a ziplock bag and pour the buttermilk into the bag. Squeeze the air out and seal the bag. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes minimum up to several hours.
  • In a shallow bowl combine the panko breadcrumbs, flour, baking powder, and spices.
  • Preheat Air Fryer to 350°F (180°C).
  • Remove the chicken strips from the buttermilk with a fork, shake off excess buttermilk, and dredge in the breadcrumb mixture to coat on all sides.
  • Put the chicken fingers in the Airfryer basket and air fry for 10-12 minutes until internal temperature reads 175°F and the chicken tenders are golden brown and crispy. Pause the AirFryer after 4 minutes and brush chicken with melted butter (or use oil spray) on one side then turn it carefully over and brush the other side.


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 876mg | Potassium: 536mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1.7mg