Best Air Fryer Chicken Tenders [with Buttermilk]

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Make these extra crispy air fryer chicken tenders today! This the best buttermilk chicken tender recipe for the air fryer!

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It’s been many months and I am still in love with experimenting with with my air fryer. I partnered with Eggland’s Best to share this recipe on Instagram a few weeks ago. It was so good, I couldn’t not share it with you guys on my blog, too! 

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I have made chicken tenders before in the oven. All-though I love making them in the oven as an easy weeknight dinner, the air fryer is a total game changer! 

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Making Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Tenders

We make these chicken tenders extra crispy by double dipping them in egg and breadcrumbs. The extra layer of crispy coating is what makes the breading really stick to the chicken tenders and gives you that restaurant quality chicken tender. 

The air fryer makes the chicken tenders so crispy and crunch on the outside while keeping the chicken super moist and flavorful. If you are looking for more chicken tender recipes, try our recipe for Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders.

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Buttermilk Chicken Tenders

We use buttermilk because it helps to tenderize the chicken, giving it the perfect texture after being air fried. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make your own buttermilk substitute

What to serve with air fryer chicken tenders?

We love serving chicken tenders with ranch for dipping. Here are some recipe ideas to make along side the chicken tenders:

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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe

Aileen Clark
Make these extra crispy air fryer chicken tenders today! This the best buttermilk chicken tender recipe for the air fryer!
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 21 minutes
Course Main Dish Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 442 kcal


  • 1 pound raw chicken tenderloins
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • olive oil spray


  • Place chicken tenderloins in a shallow baking dish and cover with buttermilk. Let sit 1 hour.
  • Preheat air fryer to 390F.
  • Place flour and eggs in separate shallow bowls.
  • Place breadcrumbs, seasoned salt, paprika, parsley, and black pepper in a 3rd shallow bowl and mix to combine.
  • Drain buttermilk from chicken.
  • Working in batches, dip chicken in flour and shake off any excess. Dip chicken in eggs and then in breadcrumbs.
  • Dip chicken in eggs again and in breadcrumbs a second time. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  • Spray inside of air fryer and arrange chicken in a single layer - without touching. You will need to work in batches.
  • Air fry chicken tenders for 6 minutes, flipping half way through.
  • Keep cooked chicken in the oven set at “keep warm” or the lowest setting while cooking the rest of the chicken.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Leftover chicken tenders can be stored in the refrigerator, up to 3 days.


Serving: 2chicken tendersCalories: 442kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 40gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 272mgSodium: 1635mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6g
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    1. Hi Glenda! I’m sorry I missed your comment from a few months ago. I use an olive oil spray in my air fryer. The trick is to look at the ingredients in your non-stick spray. It shouldn’t have anything added to it other than the oil. Some brands add in extra things that can wear off the non-stick coating.