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Air Fryer Nashville Hot Chicken

Enjoy the classic taste of Hot and Spicy Chicken Tenders made a little healthier in the Air Fryer.
Servings 4


  • 8 chicken tenders
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • Avocado oil spray


  • 1 –1/2 to 2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Hot Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cayenne pepper adjust based on taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce

Recommended for Serving:

  • white bread
  • dill pickle slices
  • Ranch dressing


  • Preheat Air Fryer according to manufacturer instructions.
  • In a shallow bowl whisk the eggs and water together.
  • In a large resealable bag, add the breadcrumbs, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  • Dip each chicken piece into the egg mixture, then place in the breading bag and shake to coat all sides. Remove and set aside. Repeat this procedure until all the tenders have been coated.
  • Working in batches as needed, place the breaded chicken tenders in a single layer into the air fryer.
  • Lightly spray the tops of the chicken with avocado oil.
  • Air-fry the chicken 375°F for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking process.
  • While the chicken is cooking, combine the Hot Sauce ingredients. Once the chicken has been cooked, drizzle the hot sauce over the top of the chicken pieces.


Serving Suggestion: Place 2 chicken tenders on top of a piece of white bread and place 3 pickle slices on top with a side of Ranch dressing.
Recipe provided by Make Your Meals
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