Crumbed Chicken Tenderloins Recipe

Air-fried Crumbed Chicken Tenderloins offers a scrumptious and nutritious twist to the classic deep-fried chicken. These succulent strips are enveloped in a flavorful mix of bread crumbs and spices before being expertly cooked in an air fryer. The outcome is an irresistibly moist inside and a crunchy outside, ready for dunking into various condiments. By utilizing an air fryer, you can savor the delightful taste of fried chicken without excessive oil, making it a wholesome pleasure for everyone to enjoy.

Recipe for Crumbed Chicken Tenderloins

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 12 minutes

Total time: 27 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 lb (450 g) chicken tenderloins (around 8-10 pieces)
  • 1 cup panko-style breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 1 tsp onion granules
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • Cooking oil spray


  1. Warm up your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes.
  2. Combine the panko-style breadcrumbs, garlic granules, onion granules, smoked paprika, table salt, and ground black pepper in a shallow dish.
  3. Place the plain flour in another shallow dish.
  4. In a third shallow dish, beat the eggs until well blended.
  5. Use a paper towel to dry the chicken tenderloins.
  6. Coat each tenderloin in flour, shaking off any excess, then immerse it in the beaten eggs, ensuring complete coverage.
  7. Lastly, cover the tenderloin with the seasoned breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently for an even layer.
  8. Arrange the breaded tenderloins in a single layer in the heated air fryer basket, with a gap between each piece. You may need to cook in several batches, depending on your air fryer’s size.
  9. Apply a light coat of cooking oil spray to the breaded tenderloins for a crispy, golden-brown exterior.
  10. Cook for 6 minutes, then cautiously turn them over and cook for another 6 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  11. Remove the tenderloins from the air fryer and let them sit for 2-3 minutes before serving.

Nutrition facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 305 kcal
  • Protein: 28 g
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 145 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 525 mg