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platter of Air Fryer Chicken Tenders with honey mustard tipping sauce

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Boneless skinless chicken breasts are easily transformed into the most delicious Air Fryer Chicken Tenders with honey mustard dipping sauce!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 526

Equipment

Ingredients

Chicken Tenders:

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (you can buy chicken tenders or chicken breasts)
  • 2 large eggs (I only used one but you might need two)
  • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¾ cup parmesan cheese (finely shredded from a block)
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic herb seasoning
  • olive oil spray

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce:

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • ¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce (Tobasco recommended, amount can vary)
  • pinch salt (amount varies according to taste)

Instructions

To make the Air Fryer Chicken Tenders:

  • If using chicken breasts, first remove the tender from the under side of the breast. Then, flatten the remaining breast to an even thickness using a rolling pin or meat tenderizer. Slice into long strips that are similar in size to the tender your already removed. Alternately, you can skip this step by buying a pack of chicken tenders instead of chicken breasts.
    chicken breast cut into tenders
  • Add egg to a flat bottom container and slightly beat. I reserve the second egg and will only crack it if the first egg runs out. In another container, combine the bread crumbs, parmesan, and garlic herb seasoning.
    dipping chicken pieces into egg wash and bread crumbs
  • Dip each piece of chicken in the egg wash and fully coat. Shake off any remaining egg and dredge in bread crumb mixture. Set chicken strips in a single layer in air fryer basket.
    coated chicken tenders in air fryer basket
  • Spray tops of all the coated chicken tenders generously with olive oil spray.
    raw chicken tenders sprayed with olive oil
  • Cook in preheated 400°F air fryer for 5-7 minutes. Flip each piece of chicken, cover with olive oil spray, and return to air fryer for another 7-15 minutes. Final cooking time will depend heavily on how thick your chicken is along with how browned and crispy you want them to be. Doneness can be verified with an instant read thermometer and internal temperature should be at least 160°F.
    air fried chicken tenders

To make the dipping sauce:

  • While the chicken is cooking, combine the mayo with the Dijon and honey. Add a dash of hot sauce and a pinch of salt. Taste and adjust ingredients to your liking. If too tart or sweet, add more salt. If you want more heat, add more hot sauce.
    ingredients to make honey mustard aioli
  • Serve warm chicken tenders with honey mustard dipping sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Cooking times: How long your air fryer chicken tenders take to cook will vary depending on the thickness of your tenders as well as your air fryer model and how crowded they are. To determine doneness, look for the golden brown color as well as reaching an internal temperature of 160°F as determined by an instant read thermometer.
  • Crumb coating: I love panko bread crumbs because of the crunch but you can use regular bread crumbs or even crushed up crackers. As far as the parmesan, the finer it is grated, the better it will stick. If you don't have a garlic herb seasoning blend, you can substitute with your favorite herbs and spices.

Nutrition

Calories: 526kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 60g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 257mg | Sodium: 820mg | Potassium: 924mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 362IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 272mg | Iron: 2mg