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Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders - T4tasty

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders are the best appetizer or dinner option for the whole of your family. The air fryer crisps them up nicely from the outside while keeping them juicy and delicious inside. You will enjoy crispness without any deep frying that's the magic of the air fryer.

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders

In my recommendation, an air fryer is an awesome kitchen appliance that gives the perfect results in no time. The first time I cooked Buffalo Chicken Tenders Air Fryer, everyone loved it and everyone has been a fan ever since. I am very hopeful that you will also face the same situation.

Here, we will explore how to make buffalo chicken tenders in air fryer, tips for best results, serving ideas, variations, and much more.

Try my Frozen Chicken Tenders In Air Fryer and enjoy this yummy food at your home.

Why Make Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders?

Irresistible Crispness: Air frying ensures that the tenders come out irresistibly crispy and provide the perfect texture that elevates the overall eating experience.

Healthy Option: If we compare to traditional deep-frying, air frying requires no extra oil, which makes these tenders a healthier alternative without compromising on taste.

Versatility: Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders can be enjoyed in various ways – as a snack, appetizer, or even a main course. Their versatility makes them a go-to choice for different occasions.

Family-Friendly: This dish is a crowd-pleaser and is a favorite of both kids and adults. That's why it is an ideal option for family dinners, gatherings, or game-day celebrations.

Tender and Juicy: The air fryer ensures that the chicken remains tender and juicy on the inside while making their exterior crispy.

Required Ingredients

  • Chicken Tenders - 1 pound
  • Large Egg (beaten) - 1
  • Sea Salt - 1 teaspoon
  • Ground Black Pepper - 1/2 1 teaspoon
  • Bread Crumbs (panko) - 1 cup
  • Buffalo Sauce - 1/4 cup
  • Paprika - 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic Powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Olive oil spray
  • Blue Cheese or Ranch Dressing - for dipping

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Tongs
  • Kitchen Thermometer (optional)

How To Cook Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders (step-by-step)

  • Preheat your air fryer to the recommended temperature (400°F or 200°C).
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together egg, buffalo sauce, paprika, and garlic powder until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, combine panko breadcrumbs, sea salt, and ground black pepper.
  • Dip each chicken tender into the egg and buffalo sauce mixture and ensure an even coating on all sides.

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders

  • Roll the coated chicken tender in the panko breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to adhere the crumbs to the chicken.

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders

  • Place the breaded chicken tenders on a plate.
  • Lightly grease the air fryer basket with olive oil spray to prevent sticking.
  • Arrange the breaded chicken tenders in a single layer in the air fryer basket, and make sure they are not overcrowded.
  • (Optional) Spray the top of the chicken tenders with olive oil for a crispy finish.
  • Cook in the air fryer for 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until the tenders are golden brown and cooked through.

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders

  • Plate the Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders, garnish with chopped fresh parsley, and serve hot.
  • Your homemade Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders are ready to enjoy!

Tips For The Best Results

  1. Before dipping the chicken tenders into the egg mixture, pat them dry with a paper towel. This step helps to achieve a crisp texture.
  2. Ensure your air fryer is preheated before placing the breaded chicken tenders inside. It kickstarts the cooking process and provides a more even and crispy exterior.
  3. Arrange the breaded chicken tenders in a single layer in the air fryer basket, leaving space between each piece. Overcrowding can prevent proper air circulation which can affect the crispiness.
  4. For an even crisp on both sides, flip the chicken tenders halfway through the air frying process. This ensures a uniform golden brown color.
  5. Use a kitchen thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the chicken reaches a safe 165°F (74°C). This step guarantees that the tenders are fully and safe to eat.

Serving Ideas

Place the crispy chicken tenders on a platter, drizzle extra buffalo sauce for a bold kick, and garnish with fresh parsley.

Place a few Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders in a soft tortilla. Add shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and a drizzle of ranch dressing. Roll up the tortilla for a delicious Buffalo Chicken Wrap experience.

Place a tender on slider buns and top with coleslaw or lettuce. Secure with toothpicks for mini buffalo chicken sliders and serve at parties or casual gatherings.

Serve your air fryer buffalo chicken tenders with your favorite dipping sauces. Dipping sauce boosts the overall taste and flavor.

Recipe Variations

Brush the cooked chicken tenders with a mixture of honey and barbecue sauce for a sweet and tangy glaze. Garnish with chopped green onions for an extra burst of flavor.

Drizzle the cooked tenders with a teriyaki sauce for added flavor. Top with sesame seeds and chopped cilantro for a unique twist.

Drizzle the cooked tenders with a sweet chili sauce and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Garnish with chopped cilantro for a more flavorful option.

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Storage And Reheating Tips

Refrigeration: If you have leftovers, store the cooled chicken tenders in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days for the best quality.

Freezing: Arrange the tenders on a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze until solid, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. Label the container with the freezing date and use them within 1-2 months for optimal taste and texture.

Reheating: For the best results, reheat the chicken tenders in the air fryer at 375°F (190°C) for 5-8 minutes. This helps maintain their crispiness.

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How Do I Prevent The Breading From Becoming Too Soggy?
To prevent sogginess, ensure the air fryer is preheated, and don't overcrowd the basket. Use a light olive oil spray to maintain crispiness.

Can I Make These Tenders Ahead Of Time For A Party?
Yes, you can! Prepare the tenders in advance and refrigerate them. Reheat them in the air fryer just before serving for the best texture.

What Sides Pair Well With Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders?
Classic sides include celery sticks, carrot strips, and a side of blue cheese or ranch dressing. You can also serve them with a fresh salad or coleslaw.

What's The Best Way To Store Leftover Buffalo Chicken Tenders?
Store the cooled tenders in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Consume within 3-4 days for the best quality.

How Do I Know When The Tenders Are Fully Cooked In The Air Fryer?
The tenders are fully cooked when they reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Use a kitchen thermometer to ensure thorough cooking.
Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders

⏱️Cook Time

  • Prep Time: 05 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

🥘Ingredients

  • Chicken Tenders - 1 pound
  • Large Egg (beaten) - 1
  • Sea Salt - 1 teaspoon
  • Ground Black Pepper - 1/2 1 teaspoon
  • Bread Crumbs (panko) - 1 cup
  • Buffalo Sauce - 1/4 cup
  • Paprika - 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic Powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Olive oil spray
  • Blue Cheese or Ranch Dressing - for dipping

📝Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to the recommended temperature (400°F or 200°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together egg, buffalo sauce, paprika, and garlic powder until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine panko breadcrumbs, sea salt, and ground black pepper.
  4. Dip each chicken tender into the egg and buffalo sauce mixture and ensure an even coating on all sides.
  5. Roll the coated chicken tender in the panko breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to adhere the crumbs to the chicken.
  6. Place the breaded chicken tenders on a plate.
  7. Lightly grease the air fryer basket with olive oil spray to prevent sticking.
  8. Arrange the breaded chicken tenders in a single layer in the air fryer basket, and make sure they are not overcrowded.
  9. (Optional) Spray the top of the chicken tenders with olive oil for a crispy finish.
  10. Cook in the air fryer for 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until the tenders are golden brown and cooked through.
  11. Plate the Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders, garnish with chopped fresh parsley, and serve hot.
  12. Your homemade Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders are ready to enjoy!

📝Recipe Notes

  1. Before dipping the chicken tenders into the egg mixture, pat them dry with a paper towel. This step helps to achieve a crisp texture.
  2. Ensure your air fryer is preheated before placing the breaded chicken tenders inside. It kickstarts the cooking process and provides a more even and crispy exterior.
  3. Arrange the breaded chicken tenders in a single layer in the air fryer basket, leaving space between each piece. Overcrowding can prevent proper air circulation which can affect the crispiness.
  4. For an even crisp on both sides, flip the chicken tenders halfway through the air frying process. This ensures a uniform golden brown color.
  5. Use a kitchen thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the chicken reaches a safe 165°F (74°C). This step guarantees that the tenders are fully and safe to eat.

🔍Nutrition

Calories: 732kcallFat: 38Saturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 130mgCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 35gSodium: 742mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4g

These values are approximate and can differ based on the specific recipe and ingredients.

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