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3.67 from 96 votes

Air Fryer Grilled Chicken Tenders

Air Fryer Grilled Chicken Tenders are a family favorite at my house! These low carb chicken fingers are homemade, delicious, easy, and only take 10 minutes. All using staple ingredients you probably already have on hand. It's an easy air fryer recipe this whole family will love.
Course Appetizer, dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 177kcal


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 10 chicken tenders
  • 1 teaspoon black ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes. Prepare the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil spray.
  • Remove the tendon from the chicken tenders and then add them to a medium-sized bowl.
  • Add the olive oil to the chicken tenders and toss them so that they are fully coated.
  • Add the seasonings to the chicken tenders and coat them.
  • Place the seasoned chicken pieces in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes, flipping the chicken at the 5 minutes mark. The strips should be perfectly crispy and golden brown.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce such as BBQ sauce, buffalo sauce, or honey mustard sauce.


Can I use Chicken Breasts for this recipe?

Yes! You can also use boneless skinless chicken breasts to make this same grilled chicken recipe. Use two to three chicken breasts and cut each of them into thirds.

How do I remove the tendon from the chicken tender?

If the tendon is thick, you will want to remove it from the tender. I've found the best way is to pierce the nub of the tendon and pull it out with a fork. However, removing the entire tendon can make the chicken fall apart. If the tendon is not thick, just remove the thick nub with a knife and leave the rest of the tendon alone.

What are other seasonings I can use for chicken tenders?

I love to use different seasonings like Italian seasoning, chili powder, blackened seasoning, or ranch seasoning. You can also change up the flavors by serving these with BBQ sauce and honey mustard dipping sauce. Add panko breadcrumbs with an egg wash if you want crispy chicken tenders.


Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 482mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 163IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
**Nutrition facts are based on my best estimation for this recipe. They may not be accurate depending on what brands you use or modifications you might make to the recipe. For most accurate calculations, I recommend using a nutrition calculator with the exact brands and measurements you use with the recipe.
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