Air Fryer Chicken Tenders No Breading

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These chicken tenders are flavorful and tasty without breading! You’ll love these Air Fryer Chicken Tenders No Breading for a healthy and delicious way to cook chicken.

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No Breading Chicken Tenders

This recipe makes yummy, perfectly cooked chicken tenders with no breading necessary! The air fryer is a fabulous appliance for cooking chicken that retains flavor without any added carbs or oils. You may choose to cook these with olive oil, but it’s totally optional. Either way, you will have delicious chicken tenders that the whole family will love.

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We like to serve these with our favorite dipping sauces: bbq, honey mustard, buffalo sauce, sweet & sour sauce, etc. You can also stay low-carb and slice these chicken tenders to top a hearty salad or cauliflower rice.

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On the lookout for air fryer recipes to cook chicken? We’ve got you covered! Check these out: Air Fryer Chicken Livers, Air Fryer Chicken Wings, or Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas.

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How To Make Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Without Breading

First drizzle olive oil on the chicken tenders, if you are using it. Next, sprinkle on seasonings of your choice. This recipe calls for salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Season chicken tenders, then flip them over and season again. Use your hands or a pastry brush to rub seasonings evenly over chicken.

Add chicken tenders to air fryer basket in a single layer. Replace basket in air fryer.

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Heat air fryer to 400 degrees for 10 mins, pausing halfway through cooking time to carefully flip the tenders over.

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Once cooking time is over, check chicken temperature with a meat thermometer (should be at least 165 degrees). If chicken is done, remove with tongs and place on serving plate.

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders on a serving plate

Cooking Tips

  • Olive oil is completely optional in this recipe, although it does add flavor to the chicken
  • Be sure to flip chicken tenders halfway through cooking time to ensure even cooking/browning
  • Check internal temperature at the end of cooking time. If chicken is not at least 165 degrees, cook in air fryer for a few more minutes and check temperature again

seasoned chicken tenders in air fryer basket

Can You Put Raw Chicken in the Air Fryer?

Absolutely! The air fryer is a wonderful appliance for cooking tender, flavorful chicken that’s golden brown on the outside. Cooking instructions will slightly vary according the cut of meat, but generally speaking– cook at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes, flipping chicken over halfway through cooking time. Be sure the internal temperature of the meat reaches at least 165 degrees before removing from air fryer and serving.

Chicken Tenders without Breading, cooked in air fryer

What To Serve With Air Fryer Chicken Tenders No Breading

If you want to continue the low-carb, keto-friendly theme, try pairing the chicken tenders with these yummy dishes: Zucchini Radish Salad, Instant Pot Keto Stuffed Peppers With Cauliflower Rice, Egg Roll In A Bowl.

For a meal that the kiddos will love, serve these flavorful chicken tenders with dipping sauces and Cucumber Apple Salad, Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples, or Air Fryer Frozen Waffle Fries.

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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders No Breading

These chicken tenders are flavorful and tasty without breading! You'll love these Air Fryer Chicken Tenders No Breading for a healthy and delicious way to cook chicken.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Chicken
Keyword: Air Fryer Chicken Tenders No Breading
Cooking Method: Air Fryer
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 267kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1/4 tsp olive oil optional
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

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Instructions

  • First drizzle olive oil on the chicken tenders, if you are using it.
  • Next, sprinkle on seasonings of your choice. This recipe calls for salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Season chicken tenders, then flip them over and season again. Use your hands or a pastry brush to rub seasonings evenly over chicken.
  • Add chicken tenders to air fryer basket in a single layer. Replace basket in air fryer.
  • Heat air fryer to 400 degrees for 10 mins, pausing halfway through cooking time to carefully flip the tenders over.
  • Once cooking time is over, check chicken temperature with a meat thermometer (should be at least 165 degrees). If chicken is done, remove with tongs and place on serving plate.

Notes

  • Olive oil is completely optional in this recipe, although it does add flavor to the chicken
  • Be sure to flip chicken tenders halfway through cooking time to ensure even cooking/browning
  • Check internal temperature at the end of cooking time. If chicken is not at least 165 degrees, cook in air fryer for a few more minutes and check temperature again
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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 845mg | Potassium: 861mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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