Air Fryer Pecan Chicken Tenders

Air Fryer Pecan Chicken Tenders – our favorite thing to make in the air fryer! Chicken tenders coated in mayonnaise and honey mustard and rolled in panko bread crumbs, pecans, and parmesan cheese. Use crushed pork rinds for a low-carb/keto-friendly/gluten-free dish. Seriously delicious! Can make in advance and refrigerate until ready to bake. Tastes great leftover too.

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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 chicken tenders dipped in some honey mustard.

chicken tenders in an air fryer basket

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.

We love to cook french fries, chicken tenders, frozen snacks, burgers, and steaks. Did you see our Air Fryer Ribeyes last month? SO good and SO easy!

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!

cooked chicken tenders on a baking rack

How To Make Chicken Tenders From Scratch for the Air Fryer

These Air Fryer Pecan Chicken Tenders are very easy to make without flour. 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!

If you need a low-carb/keto-friendly/gluten-free dish, simply substitute crushed pork rinds for the panko bread crumbs.

Can Air Fryer Chicken Tenders be Frozen?

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.

chicken tenders on a plate

What to Serve With 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 this chicken:

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dipping chicken tender in honey mustard

Air Fryer Pecan Chicken Tenders

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Air Fryer Pecan Chicken Tenders – our favorite thing to make in the air fryer! Chicken tenders coated in mayonnaise and honey mustard and rolled in panko bread crumbs, pecans and parmesan cheese. Seriously delicious! Can make in advance and refrigerate until ready to bake. Tastes great leftover too. #airfryer #chicken #chickentenders #easychickenrecipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 boneless skinless chicken tenders
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp honey mustard dressing
  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup finely grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  • Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Stir together mayonnaise and mustard in a small bowl. Combine the pecans, panko bread crumbs and parmesan cheese in a shallow dish.
  • Coat the chicken on both sides in the mayonnaise mixture and roll in the pecan mixture. Place chicken on a baking rack and refrigerate one hour.
  • Place half of the chicken tenders in the basket of air fryer. Spray chicken lightly with cooking spray.
  • Set air fryer to 375ºF and cook chicken for 8 minutes. Repeat with remaining chicken.

Notes:

Can serve chicken tenders hot, at room temperature or cold.
Can freeze baked chicken tenders.
Can substitute crushed pork rinds for panko bread crumbs for a low-carb/keto-friendly/gluten-free recipe.

Steph

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  1. Oh, thank you Stephanie for sharing this recipe! I'm making this for supper tonight. I'm always looking to try new air fryer recipes and this one hits the spot.
    Claudine in Fort Worth, TX

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