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Crispy and Flavorful: Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders Recipe

by Mylyn May Ramos 17 May 2023

If you're a fan of spicy and tangy flavors, then this Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders recipe is tailor-made for you. These crispy and succulent chicken tenders pack a punch of heat and are perfect for game nights, parties, or as a delicious snack any time of the day. With the magic of the air fryer, you can enjoy the taste and texture of fried chicken without the excess oil. So, grab your favorite hot sauce and let's dive into this mouthwatering recipe!

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  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup buffalo hot sauce (plus extra for serving)
  • Cooking spray


Step 1: Preparing the Chicken Tenders

  1. In a shallow bowl, combine flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk and buffalo hot sauce.
  3. Dip each chicken tender into the flour mixture, coating it evenly. Shake off any excess flour.
  4. Dip the floured chicken tender into the buttermilk mixture, ensuring it is fully coated.

Step 2: Air Frying the Buffalo Chicken Tenders

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes.
  2. Lightly coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  3. Place the coated chicken tenders in a single layer in the air fryer basket, without overcrowding.
  4. Cook the chicken tenders in the air fryer for 12-15 minutes, flipping them halfway through, until they are golden brown and cooked through.
  5. If desired, you can brush additional buffalo hot sauce over the chicken tenders during the last few minutes of cooking for an extra kick of flavor.

Step 3: Serving the Buffalo Chicken Tenders

  1. Once cooked, remove the buffalo chicken tenders from the air fryer and let them cool for a few minutes.
  2. Serve the crispy chicken tenders with your favorite dipping sauce, such as ranch or blue cheese dressing.
  3. Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro for added freshness.
  4. These buffalo chicken tenders are perfect as an appetizer, a game-day snack, or as part of a delicious meal with a side of coleslaw and fries.

Conclusion: Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders offer the perfect combination of crispy texture and bold, spicy flavors. With the convenience of the air fryer, you can indulge in this crowd-pleasing dish without the guilt of deep frying. Whether you're hosting a party, craving a snack, or want to impress your family with a delicious meal, these buffalo chicken tenders will hit the spot. So, fire up your air fryer, get ready to dip, and enjoy the mouthwatering goodness of these crispy and flavorful buffalo chicken tenders.

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