Air Fryer Chicken Tenders with No Breading Recipe, Only 3 Simple Ingredients Needed

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders with no breading recipe is a game-changer, as it only calls for three simple ingredients and can be made using either sliced chicken breasts or chicken tenderloin strips. Trust me, it’s the perfect solution for those busy weeknight dinners or when you’re prepping meals ahead of time.

Now, let me tell you why I absolutely adore air-frying chicken tenderloins:

  1. Chicken Tenders with No Breading: If you’re following a keto diet, you’ll appreciate this technique. By skipping the breading, we keep those carb counts low. But don’t worry, these chicken tenders are far from bland! I’ve developed an incredible DIY chicken dry rub that adds a burst of flavor to every bite.
  2. Quick & Easy Recipe: Let’s face it, we all have those days when we want a delicious meal without the hassle. Well, this recipe is here to save the day. With just a few ingredients and simple steps, you’ll have mouthwatering chicken tenders ready in no time. It’s the epitome of convenience!
  3. Perfect as a Snack or Easy Meal: These air fryer chicken tenders are incredibly versatile. They make for a fantastic protein-packed snack when served with your favorite dipping sauce—think chick-fil-a sauce, keto BBQ sauce, or even creamy blue cheese dressing. If you’re looking for a heartier option, use them as the star of a keto cobb salad or pair them with any of these amazing keto side dishes for chicken. The possibilities are endless!

I can’t wait for you to try this recipe and experience the magic of air-fried chicken tenders without the breading. It’s a surefire way to satisfy your cravings while keeping things healthy and flavorful. Until next time, happy cooking!

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders with No Breading Recipe

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders with No Breading Recipe

Prep: 3 minsCook: 12 mins
Ready in: 15 minsServings: 4


  • 1 lb Chicken Tenders, raw, chicken tenderloins or chicken breasts sliced into strips
  • 2 tbsp Best Chicken Dry Rub Seasoning, or use bbq seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Avocado oil, or olive oil


  1. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel.
  2. Add the chicken to a large bowl.
  3. Add the dry rub and oil to the bowl with the chicken. Then, evenly coat the chicken with the seasoning and oil.
  4. Add the chicken to the air fryer cooking basket.
  5. Air crisp on 400 for 5-6 min per side or until the tenders are cooked through.

Tips for Making Perfect Air Fryer Chicken Tenders No Breading

Follow these ten tips, and you’ll achieve the perfect Air Fryer Chicken Tenders with no breading. Happy cooking!

  1. Choose the right chicken: Opt for sliced chicken breasts or chicken tenderloin strips for a tender and juicy results.
  2. Preheat the air fryer: Set the air fryer to the recommended temperature and allow it to preheat for even cooking and crispy texture.
  3. Season generously: Use a homemade dry rub or your favorite seasoning blend to add flavor to the chicken tenders.
  4. Use cooking spray: Lightly spray the air fryer basket or tray with cooking spray to prevent sticking and achieve a crispy exterior.
  5. Arrange in a single layer: Avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket or tray to ensure even cooking. Arrange the chicken tenders in a single layer.
  6. Cook at the right temperature and time: Follow the recommended cooking temperature and time for your specific air fryer model, usually around 400°F (200°C) for 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  7. Check for doneness: Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken tenders, which should reach at least 165°F (74°C).
  8. Let them rest: Allow the chicken tenders to rest for a couple of minutes before serving to let the juices redistribute.
  9. Serve with your favorite sauces or sides: Pair the chicken tenders with dipping sauces like honey mustard or ranch, and complement them with side dishes like salads or roasted vegetables.
  10. Enjoy immediately: For the best taste and texture, savor the chicken tenders while they’re still warm and crispy.


Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 433mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

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About the Author: Rachel Michaels

A food photographer and travel blogger from New York City. Rachel's interest in cooking and travel began during her study abroad program in Italy, where she fell in love with Italian cuisine. She now captures the beauty of food and travels through her photography and blog posts.

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