How to Make Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

How to Make Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

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These Ninja Foodi air fryer chicken tenders are easy to make and come out perfectly crispy and golden brown on the outside and moist and tender on the inside.  Air-fried chicken tenders are just one of many Ninja Foodi recipes that make meal time a breeze. Air fryer recipes are great for preparing quick and healthy meals, sides, and snacks.

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Homemade Air Fryer Chicken Tenders Ingredients 

This easy air fryer chicken tenders recipe requires just a few simple ingredients that you can get at your local grocery store or online. 

  • 1 lb chicken strips
  • 1 cup pork panko breadcrumbs
  • 2-3 pasture-raised eggs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 sea salt
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You will also need a Ninja Foodi with an air fryer basket. This is the Ninja Foodi that I am using for these homemade Ninja Foodi chicken tenders, there are newer versions since I got mine. You can get one online here: Ninja Foodi

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Pre-Heat the Ninja Foodi

While you prepare the chicken fingers the Foodi needs to warm up. First, powder the Ninja Foodi ON, then select Air Crisp, the temperature should be set to 390 degrees F. Set the time for 10-12 minutes to heat up. 

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How to Cook Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders 

First, prepare the chicken. You can start with raw chicken tenders or chicken breasts. We are using boneless skinless chicken breasts and then trimming them into strips of chicken pieces. 

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raw chicken pieces

Next, put the pork panko breadcrumbs into a large shallow bowl and add the seasoning blend. This is the pork panko that I use and love. It is gluten-free and only contains one ingredient. You can find these bread crumbs online here: Panko.

pork panko with spice blend

Then scramble the eggs in another bowl. 

eggs

Breading Chicken Tenders

First, set up the separate shallow bowls with the naked chicken tenders, panko breadcrumb mixture, and beaten eggs. Also, grab a clean plate.

breading process for making air fried chicken in foodi

One at a time, coat each piece of chicken in the egg wash. 

chicken in beaten eggs

Make sure to move the chicken around to completely cover it with the egg. 

egg wash for chicken pieces

Next, carefully transfer the chicken to the bowl with the breadcrumbs and coat the entire piece of chicken. 

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Then move each piece of breaded chicken to a clean plate. Repeat this for all of the chicken. 

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​The Best Way to Air Fry Chicken Tenders in the Ninja Foodi

The Foodi should be all warmed up and ready. Use a little olive oil or avocado oil cooking spray and spray the air fryer basket to prevent sticking. 

cooking spray air fryer basket

Use tongs to place the prepared chicken tenders into the Foodi in a single layer. Set the air fryer timer to 10 minutes. 

air fry chicken in single layer

Midway through the cooking process, at around 5 minutes, carefully flip the homemade chicken tenders over, and cook for the remaining 5 minutes. 

flip crispy chicken tenders

The crispy cooked chicken tenders will be golden brown. 

chicken in air fryer basket

Before removing the crispy chicken tenders from the Foodi air fryer check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. The temperature should be at least 165 degrees F. 

internal temperature or air fryer chicken tenders with instant read meat thermometer

Remove the air fryer chicken tenderloins from the Ninja Foodi and place them on a paper towel or wire rack to cool.

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Best Ninja Foodi Chicekn Tenders

This recipe for Ninja Foodi air fryer chicken tenders is a simple way to make fresh chicken tenders that the whole family will love. 

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​These are the best chicken tenders because they cook up perfectly crispy on the outside while moist and tender on the inside. 

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Serve these Ninja Foodi chicken tenders with your favorite dipping sauce, a side salad, or air fryer potato wedges. Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. 

Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Chicken Tenders with dipping sauce

This recipe is adapted from another recipe. We took their recipe and adapted it to the Ninja Foodi air fryer. You can see the original recipe here: Oven Baked Panko Chicken Tenders Recipe.

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How to Make Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

How to Make Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These Ninja Foodi air fryer chicken tenders are perfectly crispy and golden brown on the outside and moist and tender on the inside.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken strips
  • 1 cup pork panko breadcrumbs
  • 2-3 pasture-raised eggs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 sea salt

Instructions

  1. First, preheat Ninja Foodi air fryer. Press ON, then air crisp. Set temperature to 390 degrees F, set time to 10 minutes.
  2. Prepare chicken tenders.
  3. Combine pork panko and spice blend in one bowl.
  4. Mix eggs in a separate bowl.
  5. One at a time, dredge eat piece of chicken in the egg wash then coat with the panko breadcrum mixture. Set aside.
  6. After preparing all of the chicken pieces spray the air fryer basket with olive oil or avocado oil cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  7. Place breaded chicken tenders in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  8. Set time for 10 minutes.
  9. Halfway through the cooking process flip the chicken tenders over.
  10. Before removing the crispy chicken tenders from the Foodi air fryer use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken. Internal temp should be at least 165 degrees.
  11. Remove cooked chicken tenders from the Foodi and set aside.
  12. Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce.

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6 Comments

  1. That’s awesome, I do not have a Ninja AF but I am sure I can make it work in my AF.
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  2. Do you know if chicken legs and thighs can be cooked the same way in the air fryer

  3. Will this work for Legs and thigh’s?

    1. I haven’t tried it with legs or thighs but I dont see why it wouldn’t work. Im sure that would be delicious!

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