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Parmesan Air Fried Chicken Tenders are a fast weeknight chicken dinner recipe made in the air fryer. A cheese breadcrumb coating makes these versatile and kid friendly. Easy beginner recipe.
Parmesan Air Fried Chicken Tenders in an air fryer basket

These Parmesan Air Fried Chicken Tenders are a perfect fast and easy weeknight meal recipe that the entire family will love! Ready in less than 30 minutes and a versatile dinner option.

Parmesan Air Fried Chicken Tenders in an air fryer basket

Easy Chicken Dinner

I just love how fast and easy it is to make these chicken tenders, and I love that they can be cooked in the air fryer without oil!

The Parmesan cheese is a unique touch that adds a ton of flavor while keeping the chicken versatile and kid friendly.

A white plate with Parmesan Air Fried Chicken Tenders, green beans, and Zucchini Corn Fritters
Served with Air Fryer Parmesan Garlic Green Beans, Corn and Zucchini Fritters, and White Gravy

Can you put raw chicken in an air fryer?

Yes! And since chicken tenders are smaller pieces, it will cook fast!

I find that the air fryer cooks faster than an oven as well making dinner ready in a flash.

Four Parmesan Air Fried Chicken Tenders on a white plate

Ingredients Needed

This is what you need to make the chicken:

I use panko breadcrumbs because they have a better coarse texture than regular breadcrumbs, which are much finer.

Close up of a chicken piece

How do I make chicken tenders and fries in an air fryer? – Instruction Overview

First you want to set up your dredging stations by combining the egg and flour in one bowl, and the remaining ingredients in another bowl.

The dredging stations set up for coating the chicken

Pat dry the chicken and season with salt and pepper.

Then coat it in the egg mixture followed by the breadcrumb mixture.

Coating the meat in the egg mixture
Coating the meat in the breadcrumb mixture

Get them in your air fryer basket in a single layer and then air fry at 400F for 5 minutes per side.

If you have large tenders like I did, they will take a little longer!

Picking an Air Fryer

There are a lot of air fryer options out there. Many air fryers are designed as single-use appliances, as in they air fry and not much else.

If you are looking at purchasing an air fryer, you want to consider how you will likely be using it.

Not only does the batch size vary with how large the air fryer is, but some have small and deep baskets while other have shallow and wide frying baskets.

I prefer and recommend something that has a wide and shallow basket because you can fit more in it without the food overlapping on itself, which especially matters sometimes as with these Air Fryer Asparagus.

I have the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven which is wonderful because it also bakes, toasts, and more all in one appliance. With the shallow and wide basket.

And it works FAST which means chicken nuggets for the kiddos are ready in a flash!

Parmesan Air Fried Chicken Tenders with White Gravy on top on a white plate

Serving Options and Sides

Want a sauce? White Gravy is very fast and easy to make, and a perfect neutral flavor for the chicken.

It also works great with Corn and Zucchini Fritters as a side and/or one of our Air Fryer Green Beans (3 Ways).

Parmesan Air Fried Chicken Tenders on a plate
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Parmesan Air Fried Chicken Tenders in an air fryer basket

Parmesan Air Fried Chicken Tenders Recipe

Parmesan Air Fried Chicken Tenders are a fast weeknight chicken dinner recipe made in the air fryer. A cheese breadcrumb coating makes these versatile and kid friendly. Easy beginner recipe.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: International
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Chicken/Turkey
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 266kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pat the chicken dry and lightly season with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the egg and flour and whisk with a fork to combine and break up the egg.
  • In a second medium bowl, combine the cheese, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, oregano, black pepper, and salt. Stir to combine.
    The dredging stations set up for coating the chicken
  • Dredge the chicken in the egg mixture, covering both sides, and letting extra egg drip off.
    Coating the meat in the egg mixture
  • Then dredge the chicken on all sides in the breadcrumb mixture.
    Coating the meat in the breadcrumb mixture
  • Place in your air fryer basket and repeat with the remaining chicken.
  • Air fry at 400°F for 5 minutes until turning a light golden brown. Flip the chicken and cook another 5 minutes until cooked through. Cook in batches if needed.

Notes

If you have large tenders, you will need to cook longer until the chicken is cooked through and reaches 165F internal temperature.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 637mg | Potassium: 485mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 267IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 238mg | Iron: 1mg
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By on October 16th, 2021

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