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Frozen Chicken Tenders made in the air fryer arranged on a plate with dipping sauces.

Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

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  • Author: Bailey Sissom
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Quick Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


A step by step tutorial explaining how to make Frozen Chicken Tenders in an Air Fryer. Stock your freezer with these homemade chicken fingers and you've got an easy meal on hand that can be on the table in 10 minutes or less!


  • 2 lbs. raw chicken tenders
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups flour, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 4 cups potato chips
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  •  cooking spray


  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees. Season chicken tenders liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. Add ½ cup of flour + 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper to a medium sized dredging bowl. Set aside. 
  3. In a second bowl, combine eggs, dijon mustard and buttermilk. Whisk until smooth. Set aside.
  4. Into the bowl of a food processor (or blender) add chips, flour, paprika and garlic powder. Pulse until crumbly. Transfer mixture into a third dredging bowl. Set aside.
  5. Create a dredging station by lining up your 3 bowls. Dredge each chicken tender in flour, followed by egg mixture and finally, the chip mixture. 
  6. Spray each coated chicken tender lightly with cooking spray. Arrange into a single layer in the air fryer basket or rack. Cook chicken tenders in a pre-heated air fryer for 6-8 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.  You may have to cook multiple batches. Do not stack chicken tenders.
  7. Once cooked, enjoy chicken tenders immediately OR follow directions below to freeze for later use. 

TO FREEZE CHICKEN TENDERS: Allow chicken tenders to cool completely. Arrange into a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze overnight. Remove chicken tenders and store in an airtight container or bag. 

TO REHEAT AND SERVE FROZEN CHICKEN TENDERS IN AIR FRYER: Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees. Place chicken tenders into the basket and cook 3-5 minutes, flipping halfway through. Cook time may vary. Serve with favorite dipping sauce. 


OVEN DIRECTIONS: Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a baking rack with non stick spray and place it onto a foil covered baking sheet. Arrange prepared chicken tenders into a single layer. Bake for 25-30 minutes (time will vary based on size of tenders) or until the center of the chicken is no longer pink and has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees.