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Air Fryer Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders

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These Air Fryer Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders taste like they have been deep fryer until they taste like perfection, but because the chicken tenders have been made in the Air Fryer, they are healthy and light. The pretzel crust gives these chicken tenders the best flavor possible.

Pretzel Crusted Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Air Fryer Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders

Chicken tenders are a family favorite but they are not usually considered healthy because oftentimes they are deep fried to get the best flavor and texture. Using your Air Fryer, you can get the same crunchy taste with the chicken tenders while keeping them leaner and healthier.

Ingredients

  • Dots Original, seasoned pretzels- If you can’t find these pretzels, you can use regular and add more seasoning
  • Smoked Paprika- This will add a delicious smokey taste.
  • Cajun Spice- Cajun spice will add more of the smokey taste and gives a slight kick to the flavor.
  • Garlic salt- I like to use garlic salt instead of garlic powder for the flavor.
  • Panko- Panko crumbs give a big crunch
  • Eggs- The eggs help to make the crumbs stick to the  chicken
  • Chicken tenders- If you do not have chicken tenders, you can use chicken breast and cut them into tender size.
  • Cooking spray- The cooking spray will help crisp the tenders like when it is fried

How to Make Pretzel Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Using the food processor, grind the pretzels into bread crumbs and then combine them with the panko crumbs.

Then add the seasoning and mix them all together well.

In a separate bowl, add the eggs and whisk them together.

Dip the chicken pieces into the bowl and then into the crumbs.

Place the chicken in the Air Fryer basket and spray it with nonstick cooking spray.

Cook 3 chicken tenders at a time at 370 degrees for 14 minutes

Seasoned Pretzel Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

How Long Do I Cook These?

When you are cooking chicken tenders in the Air Fryer, you will want to cook them in small batches. If you cook them in larger batches, it is hard to get the chicken to cook and get crispy. Cook the chicken in sets of 3 for about 14 minutes on 370 degrees.

Is This Gluten Free Pretzel Chicken?

Normally pretzels are not considered gluten free. You can swap the traditional pretzels for gluten free pretzels. The gluten free pretzels will work the same.

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders

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Servings: 4

Pretzel Crusted Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
22 mins
 
These Pretzel Crusted Air Fryer Chicken Tenders taste like they have been deep fryer until they taste like perfection, but because the chicken tenders have been made in the Air Fryer, they are healthy and light. The pretzel crust gives these chicken tenders the best flavor possible.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups original seasoned pretzels ( Dots )
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • ½ tsp Cajun Spice
  • 1 tsp Garlic salt
  • 3/4 cup Panko
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Add pretzels, to the bowl of your food processor, process on high until it mostly looks like bread crumbs.
  2. In a small bowl add the pretzel crumb mixture and Panko crumbs, stir to combine.
  3. Add all seasonings to the pretzel mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Add the 2 eggs to a shallow bowl, whisk
  5. Pat chicken tenders dry
  6. Working one chicken tender at a time, dip first in the egg, and then the pretzel crumbs to coat.
  7. Set to the side on a parchment covered baking tray.
  8. Repeat with each chicken tender
  9. Spray the basket of your air fryer with non-stick cooking spray
  10. Add the chicken tenders to the basket, three at a time.
  11. Put the basket in the air fryer and turn it on 370°F for 14 minutes.
  12. Enjoy!

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

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