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Making a healthy chicken tenders recipe is easier and quicker than you think! These air fryer chicken tenders are done in a flash. Chicken strips in the air fryer are crunchy, delicious, and so much healthier, give them a try today! 

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I love using the air fryer to make healthy versions of all of our favorite foods. Chicken strips in the air fryer are one of my newest obsessions. They’re crunchy, delicious, and so juicy inside, all without having to be submerged in oil. 

Personally I’d rather eat the air fryer chicken tenders than a baked healthy chicken tenders recipe. They have better crunch and they’re done much faster! Another great idea is to make these ahead of time and freeze them for future use. So quick and easy to throw together for a busy weeknight dinner. 

A view of the finished chicken strips in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders | Healthy Chicken Tenders Recipe

If you have kids or kids at heart in the house this is going to be your go to air fryer chicken tenders recipe. I know it has become that way for us! 

Another look at the chicken tenders in the air fryer recipe.

I get to feel good about feeling my family a healthy chicken tenders recipe and they get excited about eating something that tastes and seems like a special treat.

Meal Prepping Chicken Strips In Air Fryer: 

If you are on Weight Watchers or another diet plan this is a great recipe for meal prepping. They hold up pretty well in the fridge throughout the week. 

top down view of the completed chicken tenders in the air fryer.

These make a great lunch or dinner option if paired with some fresh or steamed vegetables. I also like to use these to top salads! It’s the perfect flavor of “fried” chicken without adding all those points and calories. 

All the ingredients needed to make air fryer chicken tenders.

Are these Weight Watchers chicken tenders? 

You can definitely enjoy these air fryer chicken strips on the WW program. Here’s the breakdown of points that you can use to determine how to calculate and track them for yourself! 

Panko Bread Crumbs – 18 Points

Cooking Oil Spray – 1 Point

These counts are for the full recipe. Nothing else in the recipe has points! 

If you are on the green plan you’ll need to track the eggs for an additional 4 points and the chicken for 15 points and the greek yogurt for 2 points. 

This recipe makes about 6 servings so you can divide the points accordingly or base them on how much you eat! 

What you’ll need to make this healthy chicken tenders recipe: 

There’s nothing too fancy going on in this recipe. You can make it with regular ingredients that you probably have on hand already! You can season these to taste but I think this combination works pretty well to give them a bit of a punch of flavor since chicken and Panko can be quite bland to begin with! 

  • 3/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 2 egg
  • 1 ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 ½ tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 ½ tablespoon garlic powder 
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper 
  • 1 ½ pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts tenderloins
  • Cooking oil spray 
In progress images showing how to make chicken tenders in the air fryer
In progress images showing how to make chicken tenders in the air fryer
In progress images showing how to make chicken tenders in the air fryer

How to make air fryer chicken tenders: 

Making these chicken tenders in the air fryer could not be easier! It’s simple, straightforward. We just need to bread them and cook them up in the air fryer at about 370 degrees F. 

  1. Whisk Greek yogurt and egg in a flat bowl 
  2. Mix panko bread crumbs, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a separate flat bowl.
  3. Dip tenders in the egg yogurt mix. Then coat completely with the panko breadcrumb mix. Set aside on a wire rack.
  4. Repeat with all the chicken tenders
  5. Place a few tenders in the lightly greased air fryer basket, in a single layer. Lightly spray the crumb coated tenders.
  6. Air fry at 370 F for 14 minutes, flipping at the halfway mark (at 7 minutes).
  7. Repeat with all the prepared chicken tenders.
a close up view of the finished healthy chicken tenders.

What can I use for a dipping sauce? 

If you want to make a buffalo dipping sauce for your air fryer chicken tenders you can mix up some fat free greek yogurt and franks red hot sauce to taste. It makes a nice creamy but spicy dipping sauce to give these healthy chicken tenders even more kick! 

another pin showing the finished chicken tenders in the air fryer.

Printable Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe: 

Yield: 6 Servings

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders | Healthy Chicken Tenders Recipe

Featured image showing the finished air fryer chicken tenders.

Making a healthy chicken tenders recipe is easier and quicker than you think! These air fryer chicken tenders are done in a flash. Chicken strips in the air fryer are crunchy, delicious, and so much healthier, give them a try today! 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 2 egg
  • 1 ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 ½ tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 ½ pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts tenderloins
  • Cooking oil spray

Instructions

  1. Whisk Greek yogurt and egg in a flat bowl
  2. Mix panko bread crumbs, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a separate flat bowl.
  3. Dip tenders in the egg yogurt mix. Then coat completely with the panko breadcrumb mix. Set aside on a wire rack.
  4. Repeat with all the chicken tenders
  5. Place a few tenders in the lightly greased air fryer basket, in a single layer. Lightly spray the crumb coated tenders.
  6. Air fry at 370 F for 14 minutes, flipping at the halfway mark (at 7 minutes).
  7. Repeat with all the prepared chicken tenders.

Notes

Dipping Sauce is non fat greek yogurt seasoned with Franks Red Hot Sauce to taste

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1/4

Amount Per Serving Calories 414Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 172mgSodium 520mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 48g

As with any of our recipes, carb counts, calorie counts, WW points and nutritional information varies greatly. As a result, your nutritional content depends on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish. The auto-calculation is just an automated estimate and should NOT be used for specific dietary needs.

Looking for even more delicious air fryer recipes? 

It doesn’t even matter that using the air fryer is more healthy than regular frying…these recipes are easy and that’s what I’m all about. Here are some of the other cool ways that I’ve put the air fryer to work in my kitchen! 

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Michele Brosius

Wednesday 19th of February 2020

Thanks, Andrea. It does make cooking healthier easier. Plus like us your cooking for a smaller family so it's easy to make just enough. (Miss you, friend!) I appreciate you sharing!

Andrea Eisen

Wednesday 19th of February 2020

Feeling like I really need an air fryer soon. Sigh - I keep resisting, but these look SO good!! Also, PS - I shared in my FB recipe group. :)