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Irresistible Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

These chicken tenders are totally addictive because they combine two of the best things in life -- fried chicken and nacho cheese chips!
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min (plus marinating time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

1 pound boneless skinless chicken tenders

3 cups buttermilk  

1 tablespoon hot sauce  

1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce  

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper  

4 cups nacho cheese chips  

2 cups panko breadcrumbs  

Nonstick cooking spray, for the tenders 

Hot Honey Mustard, for dipping, recipe follows

Hot Honey Mustard:

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup yellow mustard  

1/4 cup hot honey  

5 dashes hot sauce  

Directions

Special equipment:
a 2.5-liter air fryer
  1. Place the chicken tenders in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour in the buttermilk, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper. Seal the bag and massage the chicken to bring the marinade together. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.
  2. When ready to cook, preheat a 2.5-liter air fryer to 375 degrees F.  
  3. Put the chips in a second resealable plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Pour the chip crumbs into a shallow baking dish. Stir in the panko breadcrumbs and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.  
  4. Lift a chicken tender out of the marinade with tongs and allow the excess to drip off. Dredge the chicken in the breadcrumb mixture, using your dry palm to press the breadcrumbs into the chicken until it is evenly coated. Repeat this process until all the tenders are breaded. Place the chicken tenders in the basket of the air fryer in one layer, making sure they don't touch. Spray the chicken generously with nonstick cooking spray.  
  5. Cook until crispy on one side, about 8 minutes. Gently flip the chicken and spray with nonstick cooking spray again. Cook until crispy and deeply golden, 8 minutes more. If using a smaller air fryer, work in batches as needed. 
  6. Place on a serving platter and serve warm with Hot Honey Mustard for dipping.

Hot Honey Mustard:

  1. Whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, hot honey and hot sauce in a small bowl until incorporated. If making ahead, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. The sauce gets better with time!