Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe

The best air fryer recipe is our Instant Pot air fryer chicken tenders. They are wonderfully crispy and done in a matter of minutes without messy oil.
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders is an easy air fryer recipe that you can make in minutes.

You no longer need to wait for the oven to preheat to get that crispy breading that we all love. 

Instant Pot Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe

Air fryer chicken is healthier than cooking them in the traditional fryer, yet, you do not have to pass up having an extremely juicy chicken tender.

You can eat this Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid recipe just as the tenders or make it into a chicken wrap or chopped up on your favorite salad. 

Since my kids love chicken tenders this is such an easy meal to put together for them and then alter for the rest of us. 

If you want to eat the chicken tenders themselves, try them with our Slow Cooker Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Parmesan Ranch Corn, and some tasty yet easy Buttermilk Biscuits.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe

Ingredients Needed For Our Instant Pot Air Fryer Chicken Tenders:

  • Chicken tenders
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Eggs
  • Water
  • Italian bread crumbs
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Dipping sauce (ranch or BBQ sauce are favorites of ours)

How To Make Our Instant Pot Air Fryer Chicken Tenders:

Begin by sprinkling the raw chicken tenders with salt and pepper. 

Then, in a small mixing bowl, mix together the eggs and water and set it aside. 

Eggs  and breadcrumbs in bowls for Instant Pot Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe

In another medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the Italian bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder and mix it all together. 

Make a type of assembly line with chicken tenders, then the egg mixture, and lastly the bread crumb mix. 

Chicken Tenders in Egg Mixture Bowl

Dip each chicken tender individually in the eggs, then bread crumbs. 

Chicken Tenders Dipped in Egg and Breadcrumbs placed on sheet pan

Make sure to cover the tender completely in the bread crumbs and then move it to the air fryer basket. 

Seasoned Chicken Tenders in Air Fryer Basket

Make 4-6 chicken tenders at a time in the air fryer basket. 

Once you have 4-6 in the basket, move the basket to the inner pot of the Instant Pot, then put the air fryer lid on top and set the temperature to 400 degrees for 5 minutes. 

Flip tenders over to cook on other side

After the 5 minutes is up, take the lid off and flip the chicken tenders. Then place the lid back on and cook them for another 5 minutes at 400 or until the chicken is fully cooked through and is golden brown. 

Continue these steps until all of the chicken tenders are done. 

Instant Pot Air Fryer Chicken Tenders dipped in BBQ Sauce

Then, just serve with your favorite sides and dipping sauce.

To Make This Air Fryer Chicken Recipe You Will Need:

  1. Instant Pot with an Air Fryer component (THIS is a great one)
  2. Small mixing bowl
  3. Medium mixing bowl
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Make Your Own Breadcrumbs

Have you ever made your own bread crumbs? I’ve been curious if it is difficult, and it turns out it’s not! Plus, you can use your bread that you didn’t get to use before it went bad! 

To make your own, take a look at how to make homemade plain and Italian breadcrumbs from FIVEheartHOME. They have a wonderful recipe that is easy to follow to make your own breadcrumbs.

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Instant Pot Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe

Serves:
4

Instant Pot Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe

The best air fryer recipe is our Instant Pot air fryer chicken tenders. They are wonderfully crispy and done in a matter of minutes without messy oil.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
20 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 12 Chicken Tenders about 1¼ pounds
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • Favorite dipping sauce (we love BBQ sauce)

Instructions

  • Sprinkle chicken tenders with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, mix together eggs and water.
  • In another medium bowl, mix together bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder
  • Dip each chicken tender into the egg mixture, then into the bread crumb mixture, making sure to shake off any excess mixture.
  • Place a couple of chicken tenders in the air fryer basket. Put the basket into the inner pot, place the air fryer lid on top. Set the temperature to 400 degrees for 6 minutes. Take off the lid, flip each tender over, and cook for another 6 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and is golden on the outside.
  • Repeat with remaining chicken tenders.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Depending on the thickness of your chicken tenders, you may need to cook them a minute or two longer until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Dipping sauce is not included in nutritional calculation.

Nutrition

Calories: 372 kcal
·
Carbohydrates: 21 g
·
Protein: 44 g
·
Fat: 11 g
·
Saturated Fat: 4 g
·
Trans Fat: 1 g
·
Cholesterol: 189 mg
·
Sodium: 1088 mg
·
Potassium: 674 mg
·
Fiber: 2 g
·
Sugar: 2 g
·
Vitamin A: 330 IU
·
Vitamin C: 3 mg
·
Calcium: 214 mg
·
Iron: 3 mg

Equipment

  • Instant Pot with an Air Fryer component
  • Small Mixing Bowl
  • Medium Mixing Bowl

Recipe Details

Course:
Main Course
Cuisine:
American

Instant Pot Air Fryer Chicken Tenders with a side of BBQ Sauce

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