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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Strips

How to cook frozen chicken strips in the air fryer.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, chicken tenders
Servings: 2
Calories: 210kcal
Author: Heather


  • Air Fryer


  • 5-6 frozen chicken tenders


  • Place frozen chicken tenders in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook at 400 degrees F. for 6 minutes. Flip the tenders and cook at 400 degrees for another 6 minutes.
  • Carefully remove from air fryer basket and serve hot.



  • Place the chicken in a single layer in the basket. You want to make sure the hot air has room to circulate around the chicken for even cooking.
  • There is not a need to preheat the air fryer.
  • No need to add extra oil for precooked breaded chicken because they were already cooked in oil before being frozen.
  • There are several different brands with different types of breading and chicken sizes. Exact cook time may vary for this reason. If they seem to be cooking quickly at the 6 minute mark, add 2-3 minutes and keep checking.
  • These instructions will also work for frozen chicken nuggets. Just reduce the total cook time to 9-10 minutes.


Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 500mg