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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Try healthy air fryer chicken tenders for a quick entrée, snack, or appetizer. They’re easy to make and so much more economical than restaurant or frozen tenders.

Chicken tenders in a basket, one being dipped in sauce.

Crisp, tender, flavorful breaded chicken tenders are a snap to make in your air fryer. With just a few easy ingredients, you can have these popular boneless chicken strips on the table in less than a half hour. 

Chicken tenders, chicken strips, chicken fingers — what do you call them? I always find the thought of chicken fingers kind of weird. I mean, who’s ever seen a chicken with fingers? They don’t even have hands. And really, who wants to eat fingers anyways… Creepy. Sounds like a horror movie or something.

Regardless, whatever name you give ’em, call them delicious! Why make a trip to the Golden Arches and pay top dollar for chicken tenders when you can make them right at home with your (new) toy. Whether you’re an experienced air fryer pro or maybe haven’t even opened the box yet, you’ll be able to turn plain chicken breasts into a crispy treat.

And remember, half the fun is the dipping sauce! Try homemade BBQ sauce, marinara sauce, fry sauce (great with air fryer French fries, too), healthy ranch dressing, or just plain honey (that was always my favorite when I was growing up).