Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Tenders Recipe

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Tenders Recipe

The kids will love these crispy air-fried BBQ chicken tenders breaded and dunked in a sweet, fiery BBQ sauce! Serve them with some corn on the cob or a big salad.

PREP TIME: 10 mins

COOK TIME: 20 mins

TOTAL TIME: 30 mins

YIELD: 4 servings


3 tablespoons favorite BBQ sauce

olive oil spray

12 chicken tenderloins (1 1/2 lbs total)

1 teaspoon kosher salt and black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 large egg (beaten)

1 large egg white

1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs* (or gluten-free crumbs)

1/2 cup seasoned panko (plain or gluten-free)

1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder

olive oil spray

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Tenders Recipe


Combine BBQ sauce in a small bowl with 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of water, to thin down.

Season chicken with salt, garlic powder and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.

Combine egg and egg white in a medium bowl. In a shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, panko and cayenne pepper.

Dip chicken in the egg wash, 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.

In batches, cook the chicken 400F 5 to 6 minutes on each side, turning halfway, until the chicken is cooked through and crispy and golden on the outside. Brush or drizzle chicken with sauce until fully coated. Serve right away.


Chicken: If you can’t find chicken tenders, buy a package of breasts and cut them into strips.

BBQ Sauce: Make homemade BBQ sauce instead of buying it.Spiciness: If you prefer chicken fingers with less of a kick, omit the cayenne.

Breadcrumbs: If you don’t have seasoned breadcrumbs or panko, add spices, like garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and paprika.

No air fryer? Bake these chicken fingers in the oven at 400°F for 18 to 20 minutes.

*1/4 cup of crumb mix gets tossed, it is deducted from n.i.

Nutritional Info:

Serving: 3pieces, Calories: 312kcal, Carbohydrates: 17.5g, Protein: 43g, Fat: 6.5g, Saturated Fat: 1.5g, Cholesterol: 171mg, Sodium: 751.5mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g – WW Points: 4

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