Air Fryer Chicken Strips (From Frozen)

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Cooking chicken strips in the air fryer is the perfect way to go from frozen to perfectly crispy and ready to eat in just 11 minutes. These Air Fryer Chicken Strips make the perfect impromptu dinner or afternoon snack.

» Also see our recipe for making frozen chicken breast or try breading your own chicken tenders.

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For me, there’s no easier way to make lunch than to throw a few of these frozen chicken strips into the air fryer. They make a great lunch all on their own, but they’re also great to slice up and put on a salad.

You can make air fryer chicken strips (or tenders – whatever you call them!) in the air fryer from frozen that you’ve bought at the store or you can make your own with a simple breading process. Either way, they turn out so crispy and juicy on the inside when cooked in the air fryer.

Since most of us keep a bag of chicken strips in the freezer, these instructions are for frozen chicken strips. They don’t need to be thawed beforehand.

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Ingredients You’ll Need

I’m going to keep this easy and let you know that the only ingredient you need are the chicken strips. Store bought are the easiest way to go and then they’re at the ready whenever you want to pop them in.

I buy a bag of frozen chicken strips at Costco or Safeway and it lasts for quite a while in the freezer. If you’re looking for a good brand, our family really likes Tyson’s Crispy Chicken Strips, especially their Southern-Style Tenderloins. The breading is crunchy and thick with good flavor.

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For a lighter organic version, go with Perdue SimplySmart Organics Lightly Breaded Chicken Strips.

If you want to make your own, here’s a recipe you can use to make breaded crispy chicken tenders.

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Strips

It really doesn’t get easier than this. All you need to do to cook these chicken strips is to put them in the air fryer and turn it on.

Seriously, you don’t need to spray them because they’ve already got cooking oil on them. You don’t need to spray the basket for the same reason. And there’s no need to preheat the air fryer.

So just pop the chicken strips into the air fryer in a single layer and turn it on to cook at 360°F for 11 – 12 minutes, until they’ve reached your desired crispiness.

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What to Serve with Air Fryer Chicken Strips

When you’re looking for something to pair with your chicken strips, we’ve got a few ideas.

  • Sauces and dips: These chicken tenders are a perfect snack that goes so well with any sauce of your choice. Whether ketchup, bbq sauce, garlic mayo, honey mustard, you can enjoy these with any sauce or dip you like.
  • Serve with French Fries: Chicken tenders and French fries go way back! Whether it’s frozen french fries, potato wedges or sweet potato fries, I bet you can’t keep your hands off them.
  • Side dishes: Other side dishes that go well with chicken strips are a side salad, brussels sprouts, and broccoli.
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Can I Stack Them?

I wouldn’t recommend stacking the chicken strips in the air fryer. It’s best to make just one layer at a time. If you want to make more, you should wait and cook a second batch. This is because as they defrost while cooking, they can start to stick together before the get crisp.

Each chicken piece needs to be open to the air flow all around in order to get crispy on all sides. So the best results come from cooking them in just one layer.

Temperature For Cooked Chicken

Every air fryer is different, so you might find that you need a little more or less time for your chicken to get fully cooked, however most chicken strips, including Tyson’s, are already pre-cooked, so you just need to make sure your chicken heats up to 165ºF internal temperature. You can use a meat thermometer to determine the temperature.

Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.

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Air Fryer Chicken Strips (from frozen)

Cooking chicken strips in the air fryer is the perfect way to go from frozen to perfectly crispy and ready to eat in just 11 minutes.
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Cook Time 11 mins
Total Time 11 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 194 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bag chicken strips frozen

Instructions
 

  • Place the chicken strips, spaced apart, in the air fryer basket. Cook at 360ºF for 11-12 minutes, until they reach your desired crispiness.

Notes

  • A serving size is about 3 chicken strips. For 4 servings, you’ll need approximately 12 chicken strips. You might have to cook them in batches depending on the size of your air fryer, so they aren’t touching in the basket.
  • If the chicken strips you use are already thawed, reduce the cooking time to 8-10 minutes.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 194kcalProtein: 36gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 197mgPotassium: 629mgVitamin A: 51IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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