Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders

air fryer buffalo chicken tenders on parchment paper topped with chopped herbs.

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These air fryer buffalo chicken tenders are incredible! In under 20 minutes you can have gluten free, crunchy, spicy chicken tenders that make a great dinner, lunch, or after school snack.


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast tenderloins
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce- divided
  • 3/4 cup gluten free panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Pat your chicken tenderloins dry with a paper towel and place them onto a plate.
  2. In a shallow bowl whisk together egg whites and 1/4 cup buffalo sauce. Then, in another shallow bowl, whisk together the gluten free panko crumbs, salt, garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, and cayenne pepper
  3. Preheat your air fryer to 360 degrees F while you start the breading process
  4. To bread, take one of the dry tenderloins and dip it into the egg mixture, then put it into the bowl of seasoned breadcrumbs and use your hand to coat it completely
  5. Transfer the breaded chicken tender to a parchment lined baking sheet, and repeat step 5 with the remaining tenderloins
  6. Once they're all breaded and the air fryer is preheated, spray air fryer basket with olive oil spray, lay the breaded tenders down in a single layer, and liberally spray the top of the chicken with more cooking spray
  7. Cook at 360 degrees F for 8 minutes, using tongs to flip halfway through
  8. Once cooked, use the tongs to place the crispy chicken onto a wire rack and cook any extra chicken that didn't fit
  9. When they're all cooked, heat the remaining 3/4 cup of buffalo sauce in a small sauce pan over medium heat, and carefully coat each tender in the sauce
  10. Serve immediately and enjoy!


  • Make sure the chicken is in equal sizes so it cooks evenly
  • Dry the chicken with paper towels first so the breading gets super crisp
  • Use boneless skinless chicken breast instead of tenderloins
  • Do the egg wash with one hand and the breading with the other
  • Spray each piece liberally with cooking spray so you air fryer chicken tenders come out crisp and golden brown
  • After dipping in buffalo sauce, serve immediately
  • If you want the tenders to stay super crisp, don't coat them in the sauce and instead, serve it on the side
  • Let each piece of chicken cool completely before placing into a container or else the condensation will make the breading soggy