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Air Fryer Chicken tenders on a plate with BBQ sauce
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5 from 3 votes

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

These easy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders come together quickly for a crispy, tasty, family-friendly weeknight meal!


  • 4 teaspoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1.25 lbs (20 ounces) raw boneless skinless chicken breast tenderloins, (you can also buy breasts and cut them into strips)
  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • ½ cup cornflake crumbs, (these are sold by the other bread crumbs in stores, no need to crush your own!)
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder


  • In a small dish, mix together the flour and paprika. Place the chicken strips into a gallon Ziploc bag and add the flour/paprika mixture. Seal the bag and shake to coat the chicken.
  • In a shallow dish, beat the egg thoroughly and set aside. In a separate shallow dish, stir together the cornflake crumbs, parsley, salt, pepper, cayenne, onion powder and garlic powder until thoroughly mixed.
  • One at a time, take the flour-coated chicken strips and coat them in the beaten egg whites. Allow any excess egg to drip off and then press the chicken tender into the dish of corn flake crumbs and flip so that both sides are coated in crumbs. Transfer the crumb-coated strips to the basket of your air fryer in a single layer without the tenders touching each other. My air fryer basket fit six tenders comfortably with space around them, so I was able to cook the tenders in two batches of six (12 tenders total).
  • When you have a batch of chicken tenders positioned correctly in the air fryer basket, lightly mist them with cooking spray. Set the air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for 5-6 minutes. Flip the tenders over and continue to cook your tenders for another 5-6 minutes until cooked through.


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Nutrition Information per serving*:
229 calories, 12 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 4 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 35 g protein, 0 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
MyWW SmartPoints per serving*: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 4 SmartPoints/ Blue: 2 SmartPoints/ Purple: 2 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
6 per serving* (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition information below)
*Since people may cut/buy different sized chicken tenders, I recommend determining the servings by weight. My finished tenders weighed a little over 21 ounces, so each serving was about 5.25 ounces by weight. For me this was around 3 tenders.