These beat chicken nuggets any day and the recipe is so simple. I tend to use chicken tenderloins but you can use sliced chicken breasts if easier.

Launa
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an air fryer to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Whisk egg in a small bowl.

  • Mix bread crumbs and oil together in a second bowl until mixture becomes loose and crumbly.

  • Dip each chicken tenderloin into the bowl of egg; shake off any residual egg. Dip chicken into the crumb mixture, making sure it is evenly and fully covered. Lay chicken tenderloins into the basket of the air fryer. Cook until no longer pink in the center, about 12 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Cook's Note:

You can substitute butter for the vegetable oil if desired.

Nutrition Facts

253 calories; 11.4 g total fat; 109 mg cholesterol; 171 mg sodium. 9.8 g carbohydrates; 26.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2017
Made exactly as written using Panko breadcrumbs and these were perfect as written. Plan on 20 minutes for your airfryer to preheat and do not over fill your basket. The chicken pieces should not be touching each other if you want that crispness on all sides. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/23/2019
BLAH! I made it a super is no changes to the recipe. It looked crispy and amazing but tasted too bland and more like it was baked in the oven. Will try a different recipe next time Read More
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117 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 90
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2017
Made exactly as written using Panko breadcrumbs and these were perfect as written. Plan on 20 minutes for your airfryer to preheat and do not over fill your basket. The chicken pieces should not be touching each other if you want that crispness on all sides. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2017
Made exactly as written using Panko breadcrumbs and these were perfect as written. Plan on 20 minutes for your airfryer to preheat and do not over fill your basket. The chicken pieces should not be touching each other if you want that crispness on all sides. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2019
I have not tried this exact recipe, but I've done chicken in my air fryer for over a year, nuggets, strips, whole pieces, wings, with various coatings, sauces, and even plain. . I read this recipe in the special chicken issue earlier today, and noted the comment from a reviewer stating that you should preheat your air fryer for 20 minutes. I just received my copy of America's Test Kitchen "Air Fryer Perfection" and they tested whether or not you should preheat your air fryer. One of the virtues of air fryers is that they come up to heat very rapidly, within a minute or two. ATK did not think preheating was necessary and neither do I. It wastes time and electricity. Turning and rotating the food halfway through cooking, or shaking the basket, will insure that all sides are crispy. Also, she was right about not overloading the basket. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2018
This was delicious! I’ve never mixed panko with oil before, and I’ll never bread chicken any other way from now on. I used Italian-style panko and cut 3 chicken cutlets into strips for the hubby. I prefer chicken thighs, so I kept those whole (boneless). Breaded all of it using this method (had to double the breading mixture for that much), and cooked in batches for 15mins each (2 batches). No flipping needed, and it was crispy, crunchy goodness! Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2018
Great! Cut up 3 chicken breast into thin strips Coated in mixture of seasoned garlic and herb bread and panko crumbs. Added cayenne and garlic powder to crumbs. Used 3 beaten eggs and didn't preheat airfryer. That was a mistake because it took longer for first batch. I set at 370 degrees for approx. 12 minutes. Served with homemade buffalo sauce. My family loved them. Great crispiness and flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/14/2018
With a few tweaks this has became a staple weeknight meal in my house. I mix the egg with dijon mustard and spices and leave the chicken in it for 30 minutes to marinate. Then I dip and coat in the breadcrumbs. The breadcrumbs mixed with the oil is something I had never done before but it is a game changer! Again I usually had a touch of seasoning to the breadcrumbs but overall this is a solid base recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2018
Perfect! First air fryer recipe used and it was a hit with me and my husband! For my personal preferences I added onion powder paprika garlic powder salt and pepper. This time I will use a full cup of crumbs since I like the extra crunch. Thank you for sharing! (Not in recipe-but in every air fryer you should always flip your food at the halfway mark) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2018
These turned out great!!! I added a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch to the panko and it really made for a flavorful breading. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2017
It was crispy and delicious! I seasoned the chicken with salt and pepper before breading it and I also added a bit of salt and pepper to the bread crumbs. I will definitely make this again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2019
This turned out great! I did a double batch whisked in some honey mustard and pepper with the eggs and used lemon flavoured olive oil with Panko crumbs. I did 3 tenders in the basket at a time for 10min on 180C after preheat so it took a bit of time to cook them all. Will do again! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/23/2019
BLAH! I made it a super is no changes to the recipe. It looked crispy and amazing but tasted too bland and more like it was baked in the oven. Will try a different recipe next time Read More
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