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Air fryer parmesan-crusted tenders

These golden brown and flavorful air fryer parmesan-crusted chicken tenders come together in no time and will make you a dinner-time hero.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 6 large chicken tenders
  • 1 1/2 cup store-bought shredded parmesan (not grated)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic I used the one from the tube
  • 1 tbsp good olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • To a bowl, beat two eggs and mix in the chopped parsley
  • To a second bowl, add chicken tenders and drizzle with olive oil, melted butter, salt, pepper and garlic (I used the minced garlic from a tube because it's easier to work with here).
  • Mix everything together until the chicken is fully seasoned.
    To a third bowl, add your store-bought parmesan cheese.
  • Dip the chicken tender in the egg wash then into the grated parmesan and place on parchment paper until all tenders are ready for the air fryer.
  • Cook tenders in the air fryer on 375 for about 15-20 flipping halfway through. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the tender. For larger tenders, cook about 5 minutes longer.
  • Pro tip--crank the air fryer to 400 degrees for the last minute of cooking for that extra golden brown color. This is optional. Be careful not to burn the cheese.