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how long to air fry chicken tenders

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Air frying chicken tenders is a quick and convenient way to cook them. The cooking time depends on a few factors:

  • Temperature: Most recipes recommend air frying chicken tenders at a temperature between 380°F (193°C) and 400°F (204°C).
  • Thickness of the tenders: Thicker tenders will naturally take longer to cook through.
  • Whether they are frozen or thawed: Frozen tenders will take longer than thawed tenders.

Here's a general guideline for air frying chicken tenders:

  • Thawed chicken tenders: For tenders that are around 1/2 inch thick, air frying at 380-400°F will typically take 7-8 minutes, with flipping halfway through.
  • Frozen chicken tenders: Depending on the thickness and your appliance's power, frozen tenders can take 15-20 minutes at 380-400°F, with flipping halfway through.

Here are some tips for perfectly air-fried chicken tenders:

  • Preheat your air fryer: This ensures even cooking.
  • Don't overcrowd the basket: Leave space between the tenders for proper air circulation.
  • Lightly coat the tenders with cooking spray: This helps them crisp up.
  • Use a meat thermometer: The safest way to ensure they are cooked through is to check the internal temperature. The internal temperature of chicken tenders should reach 165°F (74°C).
  • Cook in batches if necessary: If your air fryer is small, cook the tenders in batches to avoid overcrowding.

Here are some resources that provide air fryer chicken tender recipes with specific cooking times:

Remember, these are just guidelines. It's always best to consult your specific air fryer's instructions and monitor the cooking process to ensure your chicken tenders are cooked through and perfectly crispy.

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