Air Fryer Chicken Tenderloins

Air Fryer Chicken Tenderloins Recipe

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There’s something magical about the aroma of freshly cooked chicken wafting through the kitchen, isn’t there? It brings back memories of family dinners, backyard barbecues, and those lazy Sunday afternoons when everyone gathers around the table. Today, I’m excited to share a recipe that embodies all these cozy, feel-good vibes – Air Fryer Chicken Tenderloins.

Imagine a dish that’s not only quick and easy but also bursting with flavor. These chicken tenderloins, seasoned with smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, and a hint of garlic, come out of the air fryer tender and juicy on the inside, with a perfectly crispy exterior. It’s a delightful twist on classic chicken dishes, making it a go-to for busy weeknights or a casual weekend meal.

I first discovered this recipe on a lazy Sunday when I was craving something hearty yet simple. My friend, who had just gotten an air fryer, raved about how it could turn the simplest ingredients into a gourmet experience. Skeptical but intrigued, I gave it a try, and let me tell you, the results were nothing short of spectacular! The ease of preparation combined with the rich flavors made it an instant hit with my family.

These tenderloins are incredibly versatile. Whether you’re pairing them with a fresh salad, stuffing them in a sandwich, or serving them alongside some roasted veggies, they are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Plus, with the air fryer doing all the hard work, you get that crispy crunch without the extra calories. So, let’s dive into this quick and delicious recipe that’s perfect for any occasion!

Making Air Fryed Chicken Tenderloins

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins

Directions

  1. Start by preheating your air fryer to 375°F and lightly coat the basket with oil.
  2. In a bowl, toss the chicken tenderloins with olive oil until they are well-coated.
  3. Mix in the smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt, ensuring the chicken is evenly covered with the spices.
  4. Arrange the chicken tenderloins in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  5. Cook them in the air fryer for 7-8 minutes, making sure to flip them halfway through the cooking time.
  6. After cooking, let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Air Fryed Chicken Tenderloins

FAQs:

Can I use frozen chicken tenderloins for this recipe?

Yes, you can use frozen chicken tenderloins. However, you will need to adjust the cooking time. Typically, add an additional 4-5 minutes, making sure to check for doneness by ensuring the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

What can I use instead of olive oil?

If you don’t have olive oil, you can use other cooking oils such as avocado oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil. These oils also work well with high temperatures and will help to keep the chicken tender and juicy.

How do I know when the chicken tenderloins are fully cooked?

The best way to check if your chicken tenderloins are fully cooked is to use a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should reach 165°F. Additionally, the chicken should be white and opaque throughout, with clear juices.

Can I add other spices or seasonings to this recipe?

Absolutely! This recipe is versatile, and you can experiment with other spices and seasonings. Some popular additions include cayenne pepper for a kick of heat, lemon pepper for a citrusy flavor, or even a sprinkle of parmesan cheese for added richness.

What side dishes go well with air-fried chicken tenderloins?

Air-fried chicken tenderloins pair well with a variety of side dishes. Consider serving them with a fresh garden salad, roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a side of rice. Dipping sauces like ranch, barbecue, or honey mustard also complement the tenderloins nicely.

How should I store leftover chicken tenderloins?

Store any leftover chicken tenderloins in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, you can use the air fryer again at 350°F for 3-4 minutes or until heated through, which helps retain their crispy texture.

Air Fryer Chicken Tenderloins Recipe

Air Fryer Chicken Tenderloins

Craving a tasty, healthy meal? Try our Air Fryer Chicken Tenderloins, seasoned to perfection with smoked paprika and Italian herbs!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F. Lightly grease the air fryer basket.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken tenderloins with olive oil and mix well. Add the smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt, and stir until the chicken is evenly coated.
  • Place the chicken tenderloins in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Air fry for 7-8 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking time.
  • Once done, remove the chicken from the air fryer and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Keyword Air Fryer, Tenderloins

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