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! Don’t miss out on any of these Weight Watchers chicken recipes!
There’s just something about chicken strips that screams comfort food. We all love them. Now you can make a healthier adult version that kids will enjoy as well.
These easy air fryer chicken tenders are a great appetizer, dinner, or snack option that is suitable for Weight Watchers!
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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.
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!
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.
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.
Are these Weight Watchers chicken tenders?
With the new system in place for Weight Watchers (Personal Points) this recipe will be different for everyone based on your caloric needs, settings, and even diabetic status changes points on the new plans. You can use the WW.com system or the app to calculate this recipe for your own plan.
WW has definitely changed from 2020 to now. They went from three to one plan to multiple plans and back to one plan again. So in 2023, we have just plain old “POINTS.”
WW Courtesy Point Calculation
- Be sure to calculate the points value of the foods and recipes you eat in the app.
- Always add ingredients and serving sizes and don’t rely on the nutrition facts in the recipe.
- Accuracy will come from the information you input on the app.
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!
You can find the full amounts and ingredients in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. For this recipe you’ll need fat free greek yogurt, eggs, panko bread crumbs, sweet paprika, garlic powder, salt/pepper, boneless skinless chicken breasts, and cooking oil spray.
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.
Whisk Greek yogurt and egg in a flat bowl.
Mix panko bread crumbs, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a separate flat bowl.
Dip tenders in the egg yogurt mix. Then coat completely with the panko breadcrumb mix. Set aside on a wire rack.
Repeat with all the chicken tenders
Place a few tenders in the lightly greased air fryer basket, in a single layer. Lightly spray the crumb coated tenders.
Air fry at 370 F for 14 minutes, flipping at the halfway mark (at 7 minutes).
Repeat with all the prepared chicken tenders.
See all the best Weight Watchers air fryer recipes here!
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!
Printable Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Recipe:
- 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
- Whisk Greek yogurt and egg in a flat bowl
- Mix panko bread crumbs, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a separate flat bowl.
- Dip tenders in the egg yogurt mix. Then coat completely with the panko breadcrumb mix. Set aside on a wire rack.
- Repeat with all the chicken tenders
- Place a few tenders in the lightly greased air fryer basket, in a single layer. Lightly spray the crumb coated tenders.
- Air fry at 370 F for 14 minutes, flipping at the halfway mark (at 7 minutes).
- Repeat with all the prepared chicken tenders.
Dipping Sauce is non fat greek yogurt seasoned with Franks Red Hot Sauce to taste
Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1/4
Amount Per Serving Calories 414Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 172mgSodium 520mgCarbohydrates 23gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 2gSugar 3gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 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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- Air Fryer Blooming Onion
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- Air Fryer Funnel Cake Recipe
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