Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Tenders


Nothing says "family friendly" like Chicken Tenders. My version has all the flavor and a lot less fat!


Chicken Tenders

  • 12 chicken tenders (1 1/4 lbs)
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs*
  • 1/2 cup seasoned panko*
  • olive oil spray

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

  • 1 cup Hellman’s Mayo
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch buttermilk dressing
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

Chicken Tenders

  1. Pour buttermilk in a bowl with lid. Add chicken fingers and cayenne pepper. All to soak in fridge for a minimum of 4 hours, up to overnight.
  2. After soaking, take chicken out of buttermilk. Place eggs in a shallow bowl. In a second shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs and panko. Dip chicken in the egg, then into the breadcrumb mixture and shake off excess and place on a large dish or cutting board. Spray both sides of the chicken generously with oil. Preheat air fryer to 400F.
  3. In batches, cook the chicken 5 to 6 minutes on each side, turning halfway, until the chicken is cooked through and crispy and golden on the outside.

Buttermilk ranch Dressing

  1. For the dressing, mix all ingredients into a jar with a lid or bowl.
  2. Shake or whisk together. Enjoy!

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Serves: 4-6