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Crispy air fryer chicken tenders on a plate with copycat chick-fil-a dip
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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

These air fryer chicken tenders are quick, easy, and super crispy. Served with ranch, bbq, or copycat chick-fil-a sauce, the whole family will love them. See post for gluten/egg-free options.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 488kcal
Author: Alicia


  • Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid or Air Fryer


  • 1.5 pounds boneless chicken tenders
  • ¼-1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons regular or dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon paprika (smoked is fine too)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1.5 cups panko
  • olive oil or cooking oil spray


  • If you're using chicken breasts, pound them out to a little less than ½" thickness and then slice into tenders OR slice the breast in half width-wise and then into strips.
  • Spread all purpose flour in a shallow dish, then in a separate shallow dish, combine mayo, mustard, kosher salt, paprika, and garlic powder. In a 3rd dish or plate, add panko.
  • Dip the chicken tenders into the flour, coating both sides and shaking off any excess, then place them in the mustard/mayo mixture. Finally, coat them in panko, patting both sides and shaking off excess. Place them on a plate or foil till ready to cook.
  • Preheat air fryer lid to 400 degrees, spray both sides of the chicken lightly with oil spray and place into the raised rack of your air fryer. Cook 8 minutes on the first side, flip and cook another 7 minutes on the next side. They're done when they're golden brown on the outside and 165 degrees F on the inside (using a meat thermometer).
  • Since you have to do this in batches. Place a wire rack over a baking sheet and put the finished chicken tenders on top. You can leave them in a warm oven till the rest are done and they should stay crispy.


  • This recipe serves between 3-4 people depending on how hungry they are. Or one pregnant lady and one guy who does a lot of crossfit. 
  • See post for detailed oven baking instructions - 425 at 15-17 minutes.
  • For gluten free, use GF panko and all purpose flour
  • For egg free, use my aquafaba mayo recipe. 


Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 1044mg | Potassium: 912mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 232IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 3mg