Air Fried Chicken Tenders: A Healthy Alternative to Fried Chicken

I’m always looking for ways to make comfort foods in a healthy way so when I first heard about the air fryer, I had to have one. The first thing I made in it was sweet potato fries. It took no time to cook them and they were so good! Needless to say, I was impressed. I came across a recipe for chicken tenders in one the health magazines I’m subscribed to and immediately thought of how I could make it better. The original recipe is below.

Original Chicken Tenders Recipe

As you can see, this recipe contains 330 calories for 2 tenders and 1 Tbsp of sauce. Well, my version allows you to eat half of the tenders and 1 Tbsp of sauce for 320 calories! Which one do you want to make? Here’s my recipe for air fried chicken tenders…

Air Fried Chicken Tenders
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Serves: 2 servings
  • ¼ c. + 1 Tbsp. Opa Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing
  • 1 lb. chicken breast tenderloin
  • ½ c. Progresso Italian Style breadcrumbs
  1. Coat chicken in dressing and cover with breadcrumbs. Cook in air fryer for 10 minutes or until done.
  2. **Reserve ½ Tbsp of dressing for your dipping sauce**
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Calories: 320 Fat: 8.9 Saturated fat: 0.1 Carbohydrates: 8 Sugar: 0.5 Sodium: 695 Fiber: 0.3 Protein: 48.6 Cholesterol: 149

My recipe for air fried chicken tenders is a much healthier alternative than the original recipe. And, using an air fryer instead of oil makes it that much better. Trust me, you won’t miss frying food in oil! If you’re interested in purchasing an air fryer, this is the one I have:

Air Fryer

I got this from Bed, Bath and Beyond but I recently saw the same model in Target. Be sure to give it plenty of room when you’re using it because it pushes all the hot air out of the back. I heard a story of one woman melting her Keurig!

I’d love to know what you think of the chicken tenders so comment below when you’ve tried them. You won’t be disappointed!

Air Fried Chicken Tenders: A Healthy Alternative to a Family Favorite!