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Air Fryer Cheddar Ranch Chicken Tenders

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Air Fryer Cheddar Ranch Chicken Tenders
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 35 min
  • Ingredients 6
  • Servings 8

Calling all chicken tender fans—this crunchy cheddar ranch version is made in the air fryer for maximum flavor and texture and minimum stress. Every piece is coated with a flavorful, cheesy crunch, and the inside remains juicy and tender. You'll wonder why you've never made them like this before. MORE+ LESS-

Updated July 30, 2019
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Ingredients

2
tablespoons all-purpose flour
2
teaspoons Montreal chicken seasoning
1/3
cup ranch dressing
2/3
cup Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs
1/2
cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese (2 oz)
1
package (14 oz) boneless skinless chicken tenders

Steps

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  • 1
    Cut 8-inch round of cooking parchment paper. Place in bottom of air fryer basket. Spray with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In shallow dish, mix flour and seasoning. In another shallow dish, place ranch dressing. In third shallow dish, mix bread crumbs and cheddar cheese. Coat chicken with flour mixture; dip into ranch dressing, then coat with bread crumb mixture, pressing to adhere.
  • 3
    Place chicken on parchment in air fryer basket, standing chicken against sides of basket, if necessary. Set to 325°F; cook 10 minutes. Turn chicken; cook 10 to 15 minutes longer or until chicken is no longer pink in center.

  • Packages of chicken tenders can contain up to 8 or more pieces of chicken. If they don't all fit in the air fryer in a single layer, cook the chicken in batches.

Expert Tips

  • Air fryer temperature control settings vary according to brand and model. If your air fryer does not have the exact temperature setting called for in the recipe, consult your manual for suggested temperature settings.
  • Our recipes do not call for preheating your air fryer. Just set the temperature, and start. Never preheat with parchment paper alone.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Chicken Tender
Calories
150
Calories from Fat
70
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
11%
Saturated Fat
2g
10%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
30mg
10%
Sodium
270mg
11%
Potassium
15mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
9g
3%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
Protein
13g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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