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BBQ Chicken Tenders in Air Fryer

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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.

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Tenders

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Tenders

If you love your air fryer as much as I do, you’ll love this easy chicken recipe! I made these Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Tenders for my family, and they loved them. They have a bit of a kick, are covered with BBQ sauce, and are air fried until crispy with minimal oil. These easy chicken fingers are great for lunch, dinner or a quick family dinner. More chicken tenderloin recipes you may also enjoy are these Air Fryer Chicken Tenders, Chicken Tenders Parmesan, and Buffalo Chicken Strips.

BBQ Chicken Tenders in Air Fryer

Why This BBQ Chicken Tenders Works

  • Healthy: These chicken fingers are much lighter because they aren’t fried and only require a small amount of oil.
  • Delicious: Using shortcut ingredients, like BBQ sauce, seasoned panko, and seasoned breadcrumbs, pack these chicken strips with so much flavor.
  • Kid-Friendly: For a kid-friendly dinner, skip the cayenne and serve these chicken fingers with fries for a meal the whole family will enjoy.
  • High Protein: 3 chicken tenderloins are 43 grams of protein!
Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Fingers ingredients

BBQ Chicken Finger Ingredients

  • BBQ Sauce: I usually try to find a BBQ sauce that’s lower in sugar.
  • Chicken Tenders: You’ll need 12 chicken tenders.
  • Seasoning: Salt, black pepper, garlic powder, cayenne powder
  • Eggs: Use one large egg and one egg white to keep the breadcrumbs on the chicken.
  • Breadcrumbs: Combine seasoned breadcrumbs and panko for the crispy coating.

How to Cook BBQ Chicken Tenders

  1. BBQ Sauce: Mix the BBQ sauce with some water to thin it.
  2. Season the chicken with salt, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  3. Dredging Stations: Next, combine the egg and egg white in a bowl and the breadcrumbs, panko, and cayenne in another.
  4. Bread the Chicken: Then, dip the chicken strips into the egg wash and then the breadcrumbs, shaking off the excess. Place them in a large dish and spray both sides with oil.
  5. How Long to Cook Chicken Tenders in Air Fryer: Air fry the chicken fingers at 400°F for five to six minutes on each side, turning halfway. Once they’re cooked through and golden and crispy on the outside, remove them and brush or drizzle the chicken with BBQ sauce until fully coated.
BBQ Chicken Fingers

Variations

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

What to Serve with BBQ Chicken Tenders

Storage

Store chicken strips in an airtight container for up to four days. To reheat, you can microwave them, but air frying will result in crispier chicken.

What kind of chicken is used for chicken fingers?

Chicken tenders are used for chicken fingers. Tenders are cut from the tenderloin muscle, which is underneath the breast, and are more tender than breast meat.

What is the best temperature to cook chicken tenders at?

For crispy BBQ chicken tenders, cooking them at a higher temperature, like 400°F, is best.

BBQ Chicken Fingers

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Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Tenders

5 from 12 votes
4
Cals:312
Protein:43
Carbs:17.5
Fat:6.5
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.
Course: Dinner, Lunch, main dish
Cuisine: American
Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Tenders
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 3 pieces

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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.

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Notes

  • 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.
 
 
 
 

Nutrition

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

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