Print

Air Fryer Nashville Hot Chicken Tenders


  • Author: Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Ready in just 12 minutes, these Air Fryer Nashville Hot Chicken Tenders are doused with an A-T-O-M-I-C cayenne sauce that brings tongue-searing heat to your dinner table.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken tenders, about 2 oz each
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • canola oil spray

Panko Dredge:

  • 11/2 to 2 cup panko bread crumbs [See Note 1]
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

Nashville Hot Sauce: [See Note 2]

  • 12 tablespoons cayenne pepper – more or less to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika, regular or sweet
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt – more or less to taste
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil [See Note 2 ]

Garnishes:

  • 8 slices white bread
  • dill pickle slices

Instructions

  1. Preheat Air Fryer according to manufacturer instructions.
  2. Set up a two-stage dredging station. Whisk the eggs and water together in a bowl.
  3. Combine the panko, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne in a zip-top plastic bag or brown paper lunch bag.
  4. Dip the chicken pieces 3 or 4 at a time, into the egg mixture, then toss them in the seasoned panko, shaking to coat all sides. Repeat this procedure until all the tenders are coated.
  5. Place chicken into the air fryer taking care not to over-crowd the pan.
  6. Lightly spray the tops of the chicken with canola oil.
  7. Air-fry the chicken in two batches at 370ºF for 12 minutes, flipping the pieces over halfway through the cooking process.
  8. Transfer the chicken to a plate, but do not cover. Repeat with the second batch of chicken.
  9. While the chicken is frying, combine the Nashville Hot Sauce ingredients in a bowl. Heat the vegetable oil in a small saucepan and when it is very hot, add it to the spice mix, whisking until smooth. It will sizzle briefly when you add it to the spices.
  10. Place the fried chicken on top of two white bread slices and drizzle the hot sauce all over chicken.
  11. Top with the pickle slices. Serve hot.
  12. If desired, serve with creamy ranch or blue cheese dressing.

Notes

  1. For gluten-free, use gluten-free panko.
  2. A shortcut to this sauce is to add the hot sauce spices (minus the oil) into 1/2 cup of Frank’s Red Hot Wing Sauce (affiliate link). This sauce starts with the same basic ingredients, including oil.
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Nashville Chicken, Tenders, Hot Sauce

shares