Is there anything more nostalgic than sitting down to eat some crispy chicken tenders? Dunking them in your favourite dip, with a side of fries - yes please! These air fryer buffalo chicken tenders will bring back all those memories and then some. I love serving these alongside my easy Greek yogurt ranch dip, feel free to use whatever you like, honey is also a great option. Make an extra large batch and freeze them for later, they make a great quick lunch or dinner served with a side salad too.
The ingredients for these air fryer chicken tenders are fairly simple.
Feel free to use a dairy-free milk mixed with lemon juice for the buttermilk. To do this, mix 1 cup dairy-free milk with 1 tsp lemon juice and let it sit for five minutes.
Swap the all purpose flour for a gluten-free all purpose flour, I've tested both ways, and either will work. I tested with Bob's Red Mill 1-1 Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour.
For the Ranch dip:
The great thing about making these air fried chicken strips is that they are fairly hands off to make. Most of the time spent making these is inactive, such as letting the tenders sit in the buttermilk.
If you're making these, I suggest making a double batch and freezing some of the cooked tenders to have on hand for a quick dinner or lunch.
In a large bowl, combine the buttermilk, hot sauce and egg and whisk well.
In a separate large bowl, combine both flours, smoked paprika, garlic, cayenne and salt
Dredge each chicken tender in the flour, tap any excess off.
Then dunk each chicken tender in the buttermilk mixture. Repeat with all remaining strips and let sit for 30 minutes, or longer (the longer it sits, the spicier it will be). Cover and refrigerate if longer than 30 minutes.
When ready to air fry, preheat the air fryer to 390℉.
Remove the chicken tenders from the buttermilk mixture and dip once more in the flour, place on the prepared baking sheet. Let sit for ten minutes (this helps the coating stick better). Gently transfer to the air fryer, spray with avocado oil spray. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, flipping halfway through and spraying again with avocado oil spray (I find carefully flipping each tender with my hands the best method).
Prepare the ranch dip by adding all ingredients into a bowl and whisk to combine.
Enjoy your tenders with the ranch dip!
These buffalo chicken tenders will take about 12 to 14 minutes to cook at 390℉.
Be sure to flip them halfway through and spray them well with avocado oil to get them crispy on both sides.
I have only tested this recipe in the air fryer. I'm not sure if the breading would crisp up the same in a regular oven.
If you are looking for oven baked chicken tenders, you can try this recipe.
The air fryer I use and really enjoy and recommend is this T-Fal Easy Air Fryer. I like the size of it for cooking for 1 to 2 people. Plus, I think it's fairly affordable as well and doesn't take up too much room.
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These easy and flavour packed air fryer buffalo chicken tenders are made with simple ingredients and served alongside a healthy Greek yogurt ranch dip.
Let the chicken tenders sit in the buttermilk mixture for longer than 30 minutes if you have the time, they'll be more flavourful this way. If marinating for longer than 30 minutes, cover and refrigerate. They can sit for two to three hours if you have the time, or overnight.
When flipping the tenders, I find it easier to do so with my hands (carefully) as this reduces the chances of any of the coating coming off.