Air Fryer Parmesan Chicken Tenders

This Air Fryer Parmesan Chicken Tenders recipe is a delicious and healthier alternative to traditional fried chicken. The combination of crispy panko breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese creates a flavorful coating, while the air fryer ensures a crispy texture without the need for deep frying. It’s a quick and easy meal that’s perfect for a family dinner or a casual snack.


  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs (or regular breadcrumbs)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs. chicken tenderloins
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Prepare the Coating:
    • In a shallow bowl, mix together the panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, thyme, dried parsley, paprika, salt, and black pepper until well combined. Set aside.
  2. Dredge the Chicken:
    • Pour olive oil into another shallow bowl.
    • Dredge each chicken tenderloin in the olive oil, then coat it in the breadcrumb mixture. Ensure both sides are fully coated.
  3. Preheat the Air Fryer:
    • Preheat the air fryer to

400°F (200°C).

  1. Air Fry the Chicken:
    • Place the coated chicken tenders in the air fryer basket in batches. Make sure they are not touching to ensure even cooking.
    • Air-fry the chicken tenders for about 6 minutes per side, or until the outside is crispy and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  2. Serving:
    • Remove the chicken tenders from the air fryer.
    • Optionally, sprinkle with fresh parsley for garnish.
    • Serve warm with your choice of dipping sauce, such as ketchup or honey mustard.

FAQ Section:

Q1: Can I use chicken breasts instead of tenderloins? A1: Yes, you can use chicken breasts cut into strips. Adjust the cooking time as needed based on the thickness of the chicken.

Q2: Is it necessary to preheat the air fryer? A2: Preheating the air fryer helps cook the chicken evenly and achieve a crispy texture.

Q3: Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

A3: Yes, you can make it gluten-free by using gluten-free breadcrumbs or a suitable alternative like crushed gluten-free cereal or almond flour.

Q4: How do I store and reheat leftovers? A4: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer or oven to maintain crispiness.

Q5: Can I add different spices to the breadcrumb mixture? A5: Absolutely! Feel free to customize the spice mix according to your preference. Adding Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, or onion powder are great options.

Enjoy your Air Fryer Parmesan Chicken Tenders, a delicious and healthier alternative to traditional fried chicken, perfect for a quick and satisfying meal.