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Frozen Chicken Tenders in the Air Fryer are so easy to cook to crunchy perfection!

Kids and grown-ups alike love to eat crispy, crunchy, chicken strips and now they can be made just like at a restaurant right at home! Air fryer frozen chicken tenders are as easy to make as they sound. One appliance and one step is all it takes.

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Tenders with dipping sauce

 Frozen Chicken Tenders in Air Fryer Recipe

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Favorite Air Fryer Meal

  • Frozen and precooked chicken tenders are so easy to make that even the kids can make their own after-school or sleepover party snack!
  • Serve them over a bed of greens as a healthy salad or add them to a wrap or sandwich and have a healthy, hearty workday lunch!
  • Breaded air fryer chicken tenders come out just as crispy and juicy as if they were deep-fried! Save the fat calories and the messy clean-ups!

Frozen Chicken Tenders and an Air Fryer

Ingredients

CHICKEN TENDERS Chicken tenders are the best hand-held snack that is perfect for dipping!

DIP Set out bowls of barbecue sauce or honey mustard! Make some tasty Air Fryer Frozen Taquitos to serve with salsa or sour cream at the same time!

Variations

There are so many varieties of pre-cooked frozen chicken to choose from! This recipe works well as a baseline. Try frozen, breaded chicken wings, drumsticks, or nuggets. There’s a favorite for everyone! Try some new dips like Buffalo, Ranch, Bleu Cheese, or Nacho Cheese.

Frozen Chicken Tenders in an Air Fryer basket

How Long to Cook Frozen Chicken Tenders in the Air Fryer

Place frozen chicken strips in a single layer in the air fryer and cook until they are golden brown and fully heated on the inside. Flip them over halfway through the cooking time.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Always preheat the air fryer to the recommended temperature in the user guide for anything. The heat immediately cooks the outside of the food and seals in the juicy flavors of the food.
  • Space the chicken tenders apart so enough hot air can surround them, creating that crispy exterior everyone loves!
  • Keep leftover chicken tenders in a zippered bag in the refrigerator and they will stay fresh for up to 4 days. Reheat them in a preheated air fryer.

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Tenders cooked in an Air Fryer Basket

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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Tenders with dipping sauce
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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Tenders

Chicken tenders taste better than deep fried when cooked in the air fryer. Crispy, crunchy, tender perfection!
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 8 frozen chicken strips
  • 1 tablespoon bbq sauce for dipping optional
  • 1 tablespoon honey mustard for dipping optional

Instructions 

  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Place chicken tenders in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Cook for 5 minutes, then flip the tenders and cook for another 5 minutes or until crispy.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary by brand.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course, Snacks
Cuisine American

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Holly is a mom of 4 with a love for all things air fryer! Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making recipes for the everyday home cook!
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