Pilgrim’S Chicken Breast Tenderloins Air Fryer

Making breaded frozen chicken tenders in air fryer is a quick and simple way to get crispy boneless chicken strips PERFECTLY cooked without frying or baking for a much longer time in an oven.

By starting with full cooked frozen chicken tenders you’ll be heating them up until crisp and warm throughout. After making air fryer frozen chicken strips, you’ll never go back to another method and might just skip take-out too! It’s a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!

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Cooking Instructions

Preheat air fryer to 375˚F. Place frozen chicken pieces on basket in a single layer. Air fry for 10 minutes.


I would advise against stacking your frozen chicken strips in the air fryer.

You can stack the chicken pieces side by side, but do not layer on top of each other.

You want the circulating air in the air fryer to be able to touch all sides of the chicken.

PilgrimS Chicken Breast Tenderloins Air Fryer

How to make perfectly crispy frozen chicken tenders in air fryer! Way better than in the oven, this is how to make them taste like they’re from a restaurant

PilgrimS Chicken Breast Tenderloins Air Fryer

Frozen chicken tenders in air fryer are seriously the best! NO more need for the oven anymore because crisping them in this way is way better. Best kitchen hack right here. Find this and more easy air fryer recipes here on The Typical Mom blog. (affiliate links present)

These are probably by girls’ favorite snacks, or lunch. Now that they’re older they can make them by themselves. It’s so nice when they reach that age. Just preheat, pop as many in as they would each like and in just a few minutes it’s like eating at Chick Fil A but way cheaper.

Forget about using the microwave anymore, that leaves these soft and limp. We all want crispy chicken tenders that crunch with every bite right? Now you can have them right at home without frying in oil. Just a light spray if you want to get them super crispy, or none at all works too. This is a game changer friends.

If you love air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

PilgrimS Chicken Breast Tenderloins Air Fryer

We started with air fryer chicken nuggets and I couldn’t believe the difference. I mean I had been making these for my 3 girls for years and years. Always thought “man I wish I could get them crunchy just like McDonalds nuggets” but there really wasn’t a way to do that back then.

Fast forward when my oldest became a teen and this magical hot air machine came out. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one y’all. First time I tried it out I was in love. A quick cook time plus how crunchy the outsides got. I even ate them for lunch that day!

If you like everything crispy, including tofu bites in the afternoon…this is the way to cook all the things! You will never go back to the oven again ever.

PilgrimS Chicken Breast Tenderloins Air Fryer

How long to cook frozen chicken tenders

Just check out the temp and timing on our chart!

  • You too can print this air fryer cook times out and keep it on your fridge.
  • Then next time you want to know how long air fryer fish sticks take, or chicken, you’ll know!
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  • Now it really doesn’t matter what brand you buy, but I show a picture of the variety we choose. There will likely be larger and smaller frozen chicken strips inside all packages.

    Depending on the size, the smaller one will get crispier and thicker pieces won’t get quite as hot.

    If you follow the directions below you’ll notice that we leave them inside the air fryer basket for 5 minutes after the cook time is up. This is important to ensure the middle gets warm all the way.

    PilgrimS Chicken Breast Tenderloins Air Fryer

  • A bag of breaded chicken strips
    1. find them in the freezer section of grocery stores
  • Any brand of air fryer
  • That is it my friends!! NO non stick spray or olive oil spray is necessary, they’ll get crunchy all by themselves with the circulating hot air.

    I used my Ninja Foodi Grill to make these, and then threw in some air fryer vegetables once they were done. They’re great with some air fryer onion rings too though.

    Complete meal. Done!! If you have one of these too you can find more Ninja air fryer recipes here, but any brand will work. I have a few at home myself now. My Cosori has a larger square basket which I love, but my AirWave is white and pretty so it lives on my countertop.

    PilgrimS Chicken Breast Tenderloins Air Fryer

    I prefer the chicken breast strips variety to air fry. These cost just a bit more, using boneless skinless chicken to make into tenders but so worth it.


    Can you put frozen chicken breast tenderloins in air fryer?

    Luckily, yes you can cook frozen chicken tenderloins in the air fryer! It is an easy way to make a quick weeknight dinner since the air fryer cooks faster than the oven. These are not breaded chicken strips so they make a healthy alternative to the crispy air fryer chicken tenders.

    How do you cook frozen breast tenderloins in Airfryer?

    The short answer is yes, you can make chicken tenders in the air fryer with frozen tenders. However, it will take 3-4 minutes longer to cook. Be sure you reach an internal temperature of 160F-165 degrees.

    How long do you cook Tyson chicken breast tenderloins in the air fryer?

    1. Remove the amount of frozen tenders you want to cook from the freezer bag.
    2. Place the tenders into the air fryer basket (no need to oil unless you want to).
    3. Air Fry the frozen chicken strips at 380F/193C for 12-14 minutes. …
    4. Remove tenders from the air fryer and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

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