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Craving a delicious, healthy meal that’s easy to make? Indulge in these Naked Chicken Tenders, packed with flavor and cooked to perfection in the air fryer.

Welcome to the world of Naked Chicken Tenders, where flavor and simplicity come together to create delightful family-friendly meals. If you’ve been looking for a dish that’s easy to prepare without compromising on taste, you’ve come to the right place. These Naked Chicken Tenders are air fried to perfection using less oil but still have that crunchy texture we all love. The secret lies in the blend of mouth-watering spices that add a touch of flavor to every tender sip. So gather your loved ones and get ready to treat yourself to a delicious meal, perfect for a busy weeknight or a cozy weeknight dinner. enjoy!

A Brief History of Chicken Tenders

Chicken fillets, also known as chicken feet or chicken strips, are believed to have originated in the United States in the 20th century. A popular appetizer and quick meal option, these juicy pieces of chicken are often breaded and deep-fried. Our recipe for naked chicken tenders offers a healthier, less oily alternative to traditional dishes by using the air fryer and skipping the breading.

frequently asked questions

Can I use chicken breast instead of tender meat?

Yes, you can substitute boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs for chicken tenders. Just cut them into strips, like tender meat. Note that cooking times may vary slightly depending on the thickness of the bars.

What if I don’t have an air fryer? Can I bake these in the oven?

Absolutely! If you don’t have an air fryer, you can bake the naked chicken tenders in a preheated oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through. Check that the internal temperature has reached 165°F before serving.

Can I make naked chicken tenders spicy?

For extra heat, try adding cayenne, red pepper flakes, or spicy seasonings to your spice mix. Adjust the amount according to your taste preference.

Can I use a different seasoning mix?

really! Feel free to experiment with different seasoning blends such as Italian, Mexican or Caribbean to create a unique taste experience. Just make sure the total amount of seasoning remains the same to ensure proper coverage and flavor balance.

service suggestion

Serve naked chicken with your favorite dipping sauce, such as honey mustard, BBQ, or ranch. Serve with a fresh salad, roasted vegetables, or light, tangy coleslaw for a complete dinner.

Overhead view of naked chicken tenders in the air fryer.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Storing Leftover Naked Chicken Tenders Stores in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

reheat, Simply pop the cutlets in the air fryer for a few minutes, or pop them in a 350°F oven until heated through.

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Naked chicken tenders garnished with parsley.

Craving a delicious, healthy meal that’s easy to make? Indulge in these Naked Chicken Tenders, packed with flavor and cooked to perfection in the air fryer.

Preparation time 5 minute

cooking time 10 minute

total time 15 minute

raw material

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pound chicken tenders
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper


  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F for at least 5 minutes.

  • Place the chicken tenders on a large platter.

  • Drizzle olive oil over chicken.

  • In a small bowl, stir together paprika, basil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle seasoning mixture over tenders and toss to coat.

  • Air fry at 400°F for 8-10 minutes, turning halfway through, or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.


Sauce and Seasoning Variations:

Teriyaki sauce:

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove minced garlic

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, cornstarch, and ginger.
  2. Stir in water, soy sauce, honey and garlic.
  3. Marinate the chicken in the mixture for 2-3 hours, then air fry as directed above.

Easy BBQ Sauce:

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 3 cloves minced garlic

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the brown sugar, cornstarch, salt, and smoked paprika.
  2. Stir in the tomato paste, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and garlic.
  3. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle the chicken with a little salt and pepper and smear with BBQ sauce.
  5. Air fry as directed above, halfway through with more BBQ sauce.

Serve: 1G | Calories: 392kcal | carbohydrate: 2G | protein: 61G | fat: 15G | Saturated fat: 3G | Polyunsaturated fats: 2G | Monounsaturated fats: 7G | Trans fat: 0.04G | cholesterol: 181mg | sodium: 621mg | Potassium: 1093mg | fiber: 1G | sugar: 0.2G | Vitamin A: 589unit | Vitamin C: 3mg | calcium: 32mg | iron: 2mg

Air Fryer Naked Chicken Tenders