Healthy Chicken Tenders – Air Fryer or Oven
Hi, I’m Kathleen. I am and always will be obsessed with chicken fingers, tenders, and nuggets. Fun fact: in college (although I did cook for myself often), frozen chicken nuggets were one of my favorite pre or post bar fuel snacks. And I may have had a preference for the dinosaur shaped variety :). Although I am DEFINITELY not above frozen chicken fingers, I have taken it as a personal challenge to master the different techniques of making chicken tenders from scratch. For Christmas I received an Air Fryer and in January I completed a Whole30, so it seemed like a no brainer to try making paleo, healthy chicken tenders.
What You’ll Need for these Paleo Chicken Tenders:
- Chicken Tenders or Chicken Breasts sliced into tenders
- Almond Flour
- Spices: Italian seasoning, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt & pepper.
- Cooking Spray
Air Fryer Directions – Healthy Chicken Tenders:
Are you an Air Fryer user? I got one for Christmas this year and am OBSESSED. I love that it doesn’t need to preheat like the oven and how quickly it cooks food! It’s an awesome tool for a quick meal.
Place the breaded tenders in your air fryer basket that has been sprayed with cooking spray. I like to give a quick spray to the tenders themselves too. Then into the “fryer” they go at 400ºF for 10 minutes. They will be beutifully golden brown and crispy.
Oven Directions – Healthy Chicken Tenders:
There are 2 perfectly acceptable reasons to make these in the oven
- You don’t have an air fryer. Although I encourage you get one :), I TOTALLY get not wanting another kitchen gadget taking up space.
- You DO have an air fryer but you want to make a BIG batch of these tenders and don’t want to do multiple batches in your air fryer.
Next, pop your tenders on a cookie sheet that is either sprayed with cooking spray or lined with parchment paper. I like to spray the tenders themselves to help them brown all nice :). Finally, bake at 400ºF for about 25 minutes. Dinner (or snack time) is served.
SUPER easy! Now, the only decision you have left to make is what are you going to dip these bad boys in?
My favorite Chicken Finger Dipping Sauces:
- Barbecue Sauce
- Marinara Sauce (this was my go-to on Whole30!)
- Honey Mustard
- What am I missing?