These golden brown and flavorful air fryer parmesan-crusted chicken tenders come together in no time and will make you a dinner-time hero. The air fryer has made a major resurgence several times since its introduction into the marketplace. Over the past few months, it once again gained popularity with home cooks. I’m super late to the party but I’m so glad that I finally decided to jump on the air fryer bandwagon and try it out. One of the first successful recipes I made in my air fryer were these parmesan-crusted chicken tenders. With simple pantry ingredients, this humble meal packs major flavor and basically blew up my Instagram the day I dropped the how-to video. It makes sense that this recipe was so successful because at the end of the day people just want simple and delicious meals that they can prepare quickly with little fuss.
Here’s how I made these super simple and delicious air fryer parmesan-crusted tenders.
1 1/4 pounds chicken tenders boneless skinless
1/2 cup white flour
Salt and Pepper
6 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter
3 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 cup Panko
2/3 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
Trim the fat from the tenders. Set out three bowls. Fill one with the white flour, about 1/4 teaspoon pepper, & about 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir. Fill the next bowl with the olive oil or butter and minced garlic. Stir. Place the basil, paprika, Panko, and parmesan cheese in the last. Stir.
Place the tenders in the flour mixture, then the garlic oil, then the panko mixture making sure to evenly and thoroughly coat each piece.
Place the tenders in the basket of the air fryer.
Cook at 400 degrees for 9 minutes and then flip the tenders and cook for another 8-9 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F.
Remove and enjoy immediately with the dipping sauce!