Air Fryer Chicken Tenders – Spoon Fork Bacon
We’ve got our first official air fryer recipe for you all – our Air Fryer Chicken Tenders! Admittedly I gave air fryers a significant facet eye after I first heard of them, however after beginning to use one, I’ve undoubtedly transformed to an air fryer fanatic!
our air fryer hen tenders are tremendous tender and juicy on the within and have an incredible crunch on the surface. They solely require a handful of fundamental components and require no oven or stovetop, which is a large plus! I really like consuming a pair for a fast snack/lunch or chopping a couple of up and tossing them on high of a salad for a easy and scrumptious dinner.
easy methods to make our air fry hen tenders
- Season hen tenders with salt and pepper on either side.
- In a shallow dish, mix the flour, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and onion powder.
- In one other shallow dish, mix the panko and chives.
- Dip the hen tenders into the flour combination, shaking off any extra. then, dip the hen strips into the crushed eggs. shake off any extra. lastly, coat the tenders within the panko combination, urgent the tenders into the panko combination on either side to make sure they’re utterly coated with breadcrumbs.
- Generously spray either side of every tender with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper.
- Preheat fryer to 375˚f and spray fryer basket with cooking spray. add 4 to five hen tenders to the air fryer (relying on the scale of the fryer basket, tenders will have to be air fried in batches) and air fry for five minutes. flip every tender and proceed to air-fry a further 5 minutes or till tenders are cooked by and golden brown on the surface.
- take away fillets from fryer basket and repeat step 9 with remaining hen fillets.
- serve hen tenders with dipping sauces of your alternative.
instruments you will want
- chopping board
- measuring spoons
- dry measuring cups
- shallow mixing bowls or baking dishes
- air fryer (cosori air fryers are our favourite model! They’re very environment friendly and end in a deliciously cooked meal each time!)
- Use panko breadcrumbs as a substitute of Italian breadcrumbs for additional crispy hen tenders!
- Evenly grind the panko breadcrumbs in a meals processor to make the granules finer. this will provide you with a greater mouthfeel and an general lighter crunchiness.
- firmly press panko into fillets whereas dredging. this may assist the coating to stay to the tenders, as a substitute of sliding off as soon as cooked.
- spray the coated steaks and the air fryer basket with cooking spray to make sure the steaks brown and do not follow the basket.
- flip fillets midway by cooking time to air fry to make sure even cooking on every fillet.
- Use boneless, skinless hen breasts if you cannot discover tender ones. merely lower hen breasts into 1-inch-thick strips.
- add completely different spices to the flour combination primarily based on taste preferences, reminiscent of cumin, za’atar, finely floor black pepper, sumac, and cayenne pepper.
- add some finely grated Parmesan cheese or toasted sesame seeds to the breadcrumb combination for a refined nutty/umami taste.
- omit the chives from the panko combination or combine within the herbs by including (or substituting with) chopped cilantro, rosemary, or thyme.
freezing and heating directions
One in every of my favourite issues about our air fry hen tenders recipe is that it freezes so properly!
observe recipe and drain all hen tenders till utterly coated with panko breadcrumb combination. Line every providing on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer, ensuring the choices usually are not touching one another. place the baking sheet within the freezer till the tenders have frozen utterly. switch frozen tenders to a zipper-high freezer bag, take away as a lot air as attainable, and seal. freeze affords for as much as 3 months.
Preheat fryer to 375˚f. spray fryer basket and frozen fillets with cooking spray. place frozen tenders straight in basket and air fry for 7 minutes. flip every tender over and proceed to air-fry for six minutes.
directions for baking within the oven
our air fryer hen tenders can undoubtedly be baked within the oven if you do not have an air fryer! them!
for baked hen fillets
Preheat oven to 375˚f and easily improve baking time to 18-20 minutes, flipping tenders midway by baking. that is all!
suggestions and tips for air fryer hen tenders
our favourite tender hen dipping sauces
watch us make hen tenders within the air fryer!
We mentioned these hen tenders have been straightforward to make and we weren’t mendacity! It is so easy and the fryer will get the job executed shortly! we additionally love how crunchy they’re.