Air Fryer Pickle-Brined Chicken Tenders –Ah, dill pickle juice and chicken tenders meet, the result a delicious and tender chicken tender that the entire family will love.
Pickle juice does something amazing to the chicken; it really makes a juicy and tender chicken. Just like the Chick-Fil-A Restaurant, where everyone knows the secret ingredient is pickle juice!
I have been air frying chicken with pickle juice for years, ever since my son, who is an avid Chick-Fil-A eater, was upset one day that they were closed on Sunday. So, I raelized soon that hte air fyer does an amazing job crisping up chicken tenders.
If you are looking for even more Air Fryer Chicken Tender Recipes, some of my favorites are AIR FRYER BUTTERMILK CHICKEN TENDERS, HOW TO REHEAT MCDONALD’S CHICKEN NUGGETS IN AN AIR FRYER, AIR FRYER CHICKEN NUGGETS (CHICK-FIL-A COPYCAT), and DORITOS AIR FRYER CHICKEN TENDERS.
Why Pickle Juice?
Well, this question gets a lot in the Air Fryer Group, pickle juice, contains sodium-cloride, which helps tenderize teh chicken.
This is a really great technique for fried chicken since you really want a tender Air Fryer Freid Chicken.
Pickle juice has so popular in cooking that it is now sold without the pickles at Walmart and on Amazon. I used Dill Pickle Juice, but you can use any pickle juice that you wish.
Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Pickle-Brined Chicken Tenders
- Chicken Tenders
- Dill Pickle Juice
- Salt & Black Pepper
- Bread Crumbs
- Panko Bread Crumbs
How To Make Air Fryer Pickle-Brined Chicken Tenders
In a large bowl, add your chicken tenders and cover them with pickle juice—cover and refrigerator for about 30 to 60 minutes.
Dry the chicken off, with a kitchen towel or paper towel.
In one bowl, add the egg and egg white, salt, and black pepper beat well with a fork. In the other bowl, add the bread crumbs and panko.
Dip the dried chicken into the egg mixture, and then into the bread crumb mixture.
Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F, air fryer setting, Then spray your basket with cooking spray, add your chicken and coat the coating GENEROUSLY with cooking spray. Set the time for 8 to 10 minutes, .flipping and spraying once during the cooking process.
Plate, serve, and enjoy!
HOW LONG WILL AIR FRYER CHICKEN TENDERS LAST IN THE REFRIGERATOR?
They will last for about 1 to 2 days. After they cool to room temperature, place them into an airtight container or a plastic bag.
WHAT OIL SHOULD I USE FOR AIR FRYING?
I recommend any high-heat oil. I usually use olive oil in my recipes, but you can use any heat oil, such as Avocado Oil, Peanut Oil, Sesame Oil, or anything with a high smoke point.
Otherwise, you will find that using vegetable or canola oil will cause a lot of smoke in your kitchen.
HOW DO I REHEAT AIR FRYER CHICKEN TENDERS?
I usually place them back into the air fryer to reheat, set them in at 330 degrees F, air fryer setting, and heat until warmed through.
You can also microwave them until warmed up.
HOW LONG DO I MARINADE THE TENDERS?
I like to marinate for at least 30 minutes in the buttermilk mixture. But you can marinate anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight.
This makes for a quick and easy make-ahead meal, as when you come home, all you need to do is air fry them up.
SOME OTHER GREAT & EASY AIR FRYER CHICKEN RECIPES-
- AIR FRYER COPYCAT KFC SPICY CHICKEN SANDWICH
- BBQ AIR FRYER CHICKEN BREAST
- AIR FRYER TRADER JOE’S FRIED RICE
- AIR FRYER EASY CHICKEN TENDERS
DON’T FORGET TO PIN FOR LATER–
- 1 pound chicken tenders
- 1 cup dill pickle juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- Cooking Spray
- In a large bowl, add your chicken tenders and cover them with pickle juice—cover and refrigerator for about 30 to 60 minutes.
- Dry the chicken off with a kitchen towel or paper towel.
- In one bowl, add the egg and egg white, salt, and black pepper beat well with a fork. In the other bowl, add the bread crumbs and panko.
- Dip the dried chicken into the egg mixture and then into the bread crumb mixture.
- Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F, air fryer setting, Then spray your basket with cooking spray, add your chicken and coat the coating GENEROUSLY with cooking spray. Set the time for 8 to 10 minutes, .flipping and spraying once during the cooking process.
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 615Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 3788mgCarbohydrates: 74gFiber: 4gSugar: 15gProtein: 29g