Air Fryer Saucy Chicken Milanese

This is a slightly lighter, air-fried version of the classic Milanese originally made with veal. This recipe is a company-worthy dish you can make even on a hectic weeknight.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins



  • 1 pound chicken tenders

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 cup Italian-style bread crumbs

  • ¼ cup plain panko bread crumbs

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • cooking spray


  • cup dry white wine

  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste

  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat an air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Season chicken tenders with salt and pepper.

  3. Whisk eggs and water together in a bowl. Mix both bread crumbs and garlic powder together in a second bowl.

  4. Dip chicken tenders in the egg mixture, then in the bread crumb mixture, shaking off any excess crumbs. Spray tenders on both sides with cooking spray and place in the air fryer basket.

  5. Air-fry for 4 minutes. Flip tenders and air-fry until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 3 more minutes. The breading should be crispy and golden, and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the centers should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  6. While the tenders are cooking, combine white wine, chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, garlic, anchovy past, and rosemary for sauce in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce reduces just slightly, about 3 minutes.

  7. Whisk water and cornstarch together in a small bowl; add to the sauce and cook, stirring constantly, until it starts to thicken slightly. Stir in parsley and reduce heat to low.

  8. Add air-fried chicken tenders to the skillet. Spoon sauce over top to coat, and warm for 1 to 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes:

Temperatures can vary depending on the size and brand of your air fryer, so you may have to adjust your cooking time.

Anchovy paste can be stored in the fridge for about 6 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

343 Calories
6g Fat
30g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 343
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 161mg 54%
Sodium 904mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 35g
Potassium 383mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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