These Air Fryer Chicken Tenders are covered in a cheese cracker crust and ready to eat in under 30 minutes. Perfect for weeknight meals, snacks or party food.
These disappear quickly because they are tender and tasty. We use our favorite cheese snack cracker crushed in a food chopper for the crust.
Cheesy Chicken Tenders are a nice change from the normal flour or bread crumb crusted chicken tenders.
The milk soaking or marinading process helps the meat to become more tender. If you are cooking a recipe with bone-in chicken, the milk soaking process will also pull blood away from the bone.
We want these chicken tenders to be ready to eat in under one hour. Therefore, I place mine in a bowl to soak earlier in the day and go on about my business. They are ready to go when I’m ready to cook. If you are just a wild woman, like we all can be sometimes, skip the milk marinade all together. -gasp!
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I used what was in my cabinet which happened to be Cheez-It’. However you can used Gold Fish is that is what you have in your pantry or a store brand of cheesy crackers will work too.
Chicken Tenderloins make the best Chicken Tenders in my humble opinion. They are more tender than using boneless breast cut into strips. I buy a 2.5 lb. bag of Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenderloins from the meat department and keep them in my freezer to have on hand.
Printable Recipe Below
Some Air Fryers require preheating. My Gourmia does not. I fill the basket with about six battered chicken tenders and set the temperature to 400 and the timer to 12 minutes. After the first 12 minutes I turn the chicken tenders over and continue to cook for another 10 minutes before checking again.
Internal temperature should reach 165° for chicken.
You don’t have an Air Fryer? No problem, also see our recipe for Cheez-It Crusted Baked Chicken Tenders
Printable Recipe Below
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Air Fryer Cheesy Chicken Tenders are covered in a cheese cracker crust. Under 30 minutes cook time these Chicken Tenders are perfect for weeknight meals, snacks or party food. Cooking times vary with different brands of Air Fryers. To ensure chicken is done, use a meat thermometer.
Serving Size 3
Amount Per Serving Calories 1274Total Fat 53gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 32gCholesterol 519mgSodium 770mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 1gSugar 7gProtein 172g
Air Fryer Cheesy Chicken Tenders are covered in a cheese cracker crust. Under 30 minutes cook time these Chicken Tenders are perfect for weeknight meals, snacks or party food.
Cooking times vary with different brands of Air Fryers. To ensure chicken is done, use a meat thermometer.