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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe

Today, I am incredibly excited to share a recipe that combines ease, health, and absolute deliciousness. If you’ve been following along, you know how much I cherish recipes that are both simple and sensational. This Air Fryer Chicken Tenders recipe is exactly that—a dish that makes you feel grateful for every crispy, juicy bite!


Before we dive into the magical cooking process, let’s make sure we have everything we need:

  • 8 chicken tenders (approximately 1 lb)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (110g)
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs (85g)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • Olive oil spray

Gathering these ingredients promises a result that’s nothing short of fabulous. Trust me, your kitchen is about to smell amazing!

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Here’s how we turn simple ingredients into a meal that will wow your family and friends:

  1. Prep the Tenders: Start by patting the chicken tenders dry with a paper towel. This helps the yogurt mixture stick better, ensuring that every nook and cranny is covered.
  2. Marinate: In a mixing bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, salt, black pepper, paprika, and dried oregano. Mix well until everything is nicely incorporated. Dip each chicken tender into this mixture, making sure each one is evenly coated.
  3. Breadcrumb Coating: Place the panko breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Press each yogurt-coated tender into the breadcrumbs, covering them completely. This step guarantees that your chicken will have that irresistible crunch we all love!
  4. Air Fry: Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray to prevent sticking. Arrange the breaded tenders in the basket, making sure they don’t touch (cook in batches if necessary). Lightly spray the tenders with olive oil spray. Cook them in the air fryer at 400°F (200°C) for about 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through, turning halfway through the cooking time.
  5. Serve: Serve these golden beauties hot with your favorite dipping sauces or a side of fresh salad!

Helpful Tips

  • Even Cooking: Ensure your chicken tenders are roughly the same size for even cooking.
  • No Overcrowding: Avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket to get the best crispiness on all sides.


  • Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free panko breadcrumbs to accommodate gluten sensitivities.
  • Spicy Kick: Add a teaspoon of chili powder or cayenne pepper to the yogurt mixture for a bit of spice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use regular yogurt instead of Greek yogurt? A: Absolutely! Greek yogurt is thicker and helps the breadcrumbs stick better, but regular yogurt can work in a pinch—just make sure it’s plain and unsweetened.

Q: Can I prepare these ahead of time? A: You can marinate the tenders and coat them up to a day in advance. Just keep them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook.

Storage Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer for best results, though they can also be warmed up in a microwave.

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Thank you for joining me in creating this wonderful dish that proves healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring. Remember, every meal is an opportunity to treat yourself and those you love with care, joy, and a little culinary magic. Happy cooking!

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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe

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  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Experience the joy of guilt-free indulgence with these Air Fryer Chicken Tenders! Crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, these tenders are a perfect quick and healthy meal. They are marinated in a flavorful blend of Greek yogurt and spices, then coated in panko breadcrumbs for that irresistible crunch. Ideal for a family dinner or a satisfying snack!



8 chicken tenders (approximately 1 lb)

1/2 cup Greek yogurt (110g)

1 cup panko breadcrumbs (85g)

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

2 tsp paprika

2 tsp dried oregano

Olive oil spray


Pat the chicken tenders dry with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.

In a bowl, mix Greek yogurt with salt, pepper, paprika, and oregano until well combined.

Dip each chicken tender in the yogurt mixture, then coat evenly in panko breadcrumbs.

Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray and place the chicken tenders in the basket, ensuring they do not touch.

Cook at 400°F (200°C) for 10-12 minutes, turning halfway through, until the tenders are golden brown and cooked through.

Serve hot with your favorite sides or dipping sauces.


Ensure chicken tenders are similar in size for even cooking.

For a gluten-free version, substitute regular panko with gluten-free panko breadcrumbs.

Add a teaspoon of chili powder to the yogurt mix for a spicy twist.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Air Frying
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 2 tenders
  • Calories: 234 kcal
  • Sugar: 1.2 g
  • Sodium: 748 mg
  • Fat: 4.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.8 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3.2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.4 g
  • Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Protein: 26.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 64 mg

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