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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

These air fryer chicken tenders are crispy, full of flavor, and SO easy to make! I have been trying to perfect this chicken tenders recipe since my kids love the chicken tenders so much.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2 persons


  • Air Fryer


Chicken Tenders:

  • 1 large Egg
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 lb Chicken fillets
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Cheese crackers (crushed)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 2 tsp Garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp Parsley (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper (cracked)

Garlic Lemon Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup Dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup Heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 4 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp Parsley (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper


Chicken Tenders:

  • Marinade chicken fillets with egg wash mixed with garlic, parsley, lemon juice, salt, pepper and a splash of oil
  • In a shallow bowl, combine bread crumb, cheese crackers, and Parmesan cheese, onion powder, and garlic powder together.
  • Dredge the egg coated chicken in the breadcrumb/parmesan mixture, lightly pressing to evenly coat. Lightly season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Spray the air fryer basket lightly with oil. Arrange the chicken tenders in a single layer onto the air fryer basket. Cook in batches if required.
  • Cook for 15 minutes until the coating is golden brown and chicken is no longer pink.
  • Once the chicken tenders are cooked, serve with homemade lemon and garlic butter sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.

Garlic Lemon Sauce:

  • In a small saucepan, add some olive oil and the minced garlic. Cook on a low heat until soft.
  • Then add the white wine, increase the heat to medium, and let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes until reduced by approximately 1/3. 
  • Remove the pan from the heat and add the butter, stir to combine, then add the cream.
  • Return the pan to the heat and stir until it begins to bubble. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice and chopped parsley.
  • Stir, taste the sauce and add salt and pepper to taste.
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