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Pickle Juice Marinated Chicken Tenders Made in the Air Fryer

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

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  • Author: Gina Homolka - Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: Dinner


Cooking these chicken tenders in the air fryer makes them super crispy, but you can also bake them in the oven. I brined them in pickle juice which made them crazy flavorful!


  • 12 Chicken Tenders (1 1/4 pounds total)
  • 1 1/4 cups dill pickle juice, plus more if needed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs, regular or gluten-free
  • 1/2 cup seasoned panko bread crumbs, regular or gluten-free
  • Olive oil spray


  1. Place the chicken in a shallow bowl and cover with the pickle juice (enough to cover completely). Cover and marinate for 8 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Drain the chicken and pat completely dry with paper towels (discard the marinade).
  3. In a medium bowl, beat together the whole egg, egg white, salt, and pepper to taste. In a shallow bow, combine the bread crumbs.
  4. Working with one piece at a time, dip the chicken in the egg mixture, then into the bread crumbs, gently pressing to adhere. Shake off any excess bread crumbs, and place on a work surface. Generously spray both sides of of the sides of the chicken with oil.
  5. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  6. Working in batches, arrange a single layer of the chicken in the air fryer basket. Cook for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway, until cooked through, crispy, and golden. (For a toaster oven-style air fryer, the temperature remains the same; cook for about 10 minutes.) Serve immediately.


To bake these in the oven, preheat the oven to 400°F. Place chicken tenders on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature is165°F, flipping once through baking.


  • Serving Size: 3 tenders
  • Calories: 257
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 742 mg
  • Fat: 5.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 35 g
  • Cholesterol: 137 mg
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