Air Fryer Pecan Chicken Tenders
Perfect Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
These Air Fryer Pecan Chicken Tenders are absolute perfection! This was my first time making chicken tenders in the air fryer, but it certainly won’t be the last! I may never cook chicken tenders another way. These were SO good and SO easy to make. I doubled the recipe and we ate these for lunch and leftover for lunch the next couple of days. They are great reheated or straight out of the fridge cold. I especially enjoy these Air Fryer Pecan Chicken Tenders dipped in some honey mustard.
What is an Air Fryer?
An air fryer is basically a countertop convection oven. It circulates air around the food for faster cooking. The rapidly circulating air makes the food crispy, much like deep frying but without the need for oil. You also don’t need to preheat the air fryer, making cooking in the air fryer much faster than cooking in the oven. The air fryer is also SUPER easy to clean up. You can put the cooking basket in the dishwasher.
What is the Best Air Fryer?
I have two air fryers. I have the Philips XL Air Fryer and the Philips XXL Air Fryer. I highly suggest spending a little bit of extra money and getting the Philips XXL Air Fryer. It is SO much bigger than the XL air fryer. You can cook a whole chicken in the XXL fryer. I got 12 chicken drumsticks in the XXL fryer last week. That is a TON! I linked to both air fryers below the recipe. The air fryer is my FAVORITE appliance. I love it better than the Instant Pot! We use it all the time. I tell everyone I know to get one!
How To Make Chicken Tenders From Scratch for the Air Fryer
These Air Fryer Pecan Chicken Tenders are very easy to make. Start with some boneless skinless chicken tenders. Season the chicken with some salt and pepper. Next, you are going to mix together some mayonnaise and honey mustard and coat the chicken all over in that mixture. Finally, you are going to roll the coated chicken in a mixture of panko bread crumbs, pecans, and parmesan cheese. Let the chicken chill in the fridge for about an hour before cooking in the air fryer.
After the chicken has chilled, pop them in the air fryer for a quick eight minute cook time! SO easy!
Can I freeze these Air Fryer Pecan Chicken Tenders?
Yes. I suggest freezing these after baking. Mayonnaise-based recipes don’t really freeze well. The mayonnaise tends to separate when it is frozen. To reheat the frozen chicken, cook them in the air fryer at 350ºF for 7 minutes.
What to Serve With Air Fryer Pecan Chicken Tenders
These Air Fryer Pecan Chicken Tenders are a new favorite. I’ve made them several times and we LOVE them. I actually like to double the recipe so we can eat this leftover for lunch during the week. They are great as a main dish, on top of a salad and even chopped up in a sandwich wrap. Here are a few of our favorite side dishes that go great with these Air Fryer Pecan Chicken Tenders:
MORE CHICKEN RECIPES:
Pork Rind Crusted Chicken Tenders
Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders
Crack Chicken Tenders
Easy Chicken Fajitas
BEST AIR FRYERS:
Philips XL Air Fryer
Philips XXL Air Fryer
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