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Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders

These Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders are coated in crispy breading, spicy buffalo wing sauce and loaded with flavor. Serve this delicious recipe as a main dish for lunch or dinner or as an appetizer with a side of blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing.

plate of air fryer buffalo chicken tenders on a plate with a cup of ranch dip

How to Make Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders

To start, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. While air fryer preheats, combine buffalo wing sauce and mayonnaise in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine to two together. Then, add chicken tenders to buffalo wing sauce mixture and stir to coat. Next, place bread crumbs in a small bowl.

Individually remove chicken tenders from wing sauce mixture and coat all over in bread crumbs. Set aside. Once air fryer is preheated, spray the air fryer basket with non-stick spray and add chicken tenders in a single layer.

Cook for 8-12 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Remove chicken tenders from basket and make second batch if needed. Serve immediately with dipping sauces such as ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing. If desired add a drizzle of buffalo wing sauce on top to kick up the heat!

plate of air fryer buffalo chicken tenders with a cup of dip

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use chicken breasts for this recipe instead of chicken tenders?

Yes! Simply take your boneless skinless chicken breast and slice them into chicken strips that would be a similar thickness to chicken tenders.

How hot are these buffalo chicken tenders?

The heat level of these will depend on what type of buffalo sauce you use. I personally prefer the mild wing sauce but you can use any heat level you like! Also, you can add a drizzle of more sauce on top after they cook for extra heat.

Can I make these gluten free?

Yes, all you need to do is swap out the breadcrumbs for a gluten free breadcrumb and make the recipe as written.

air fryer buffalo chicken tenders

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plate of air fryer buffalo chicken tenders on a plate with a cup of ranch dip

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Yield: about 1 pound
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

These Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders are crispy, spicy and loaded with flavor. Serve as a main dish or an appetizer with a side of blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce (mild or hot)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 lb chicken tenders

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. While air fryer preheats, combine buffalo wing sauce and mayonnaise in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add chicken tenders to buffalo wing sauce mixture and stir to coat.
  4. Place bread crumbs in a small bowl.
  5. Individually remove chicken tenders from wing sauce mixture and coat all over in bread crumbs. Set aside.
  6. Once air fryer is preheated, spray the air fryer basket with non-stick spray and add chicken tenders in a single layer.
  7. Cook for 8-12 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  8. Remove tenders from basket and make second batch if needed.
  9. Serve immediately.

Notes

To make these gluten free just swap out the breadcrumbs for your favorite gluten-free breadcrumbs!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4th recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 583Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 1920mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 26g

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