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Pretzel Crusted Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

  • Author: Sprinkles & Sea Salt
  • Total Time: 26 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 chicken tenders 1x


These Pretzel Crusted Air Fryer Chicken Tenders are easy and delicious! Chicken strips, coated in a pretzel crust and air fried for just 16 minutes. Serve them hot and crispy with a honey mustard dipping sauce! 



Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders

2 cups original, salted pretzels*

1/2 tsp ground mustard seed

1 tsp garlic salt

3/4 cup white all-purpose flour

1 egg

1 pound chicken breast, cut into strips**

Cooking spray

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup yellow mustard

2 tbsp greek yogurt

1/4 tsp garlic salt


Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders

Add pretzels, ground mustard seed and garlic salt to the bowl of your food processor, process on high until it mostly looks like bread crumbs with some slightly larger pieces of pretzel

Measure out 1 cup of the pretzel crumb mixture and transfer to a plate or shallow bowl

Add the flour to another plate or shallow bowl

Add the egg to a shallow bowl, whisk

Pat chicken tenders dry

Working one chicken tender at a time, dip first in the flour, then the egg and then the pretzel crumbs to coat

Repeat with each chicken tender

Spray the basket of your air fryer with non-stick cooking spray

Add the chicken tenders to the basket, make sure they are not touching***

Put the basket in the air fryer and turn it on 370°F for 8 minutes (no need to preheat)

After 8 minutes, remove the basket and flip the chicken tenders

Place back in the air fryer for 8 more minutes at 370°F

Once they finish, enjoy immediately with dipping sauce, they taste best hot out of the air fryer

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

While the chicken tenders are cooking make the sauce

In a small bowl, mix together the honey, mustard, greek yogurt and garlic salt


*You can use twists, sticks or rods

**You can buy chicken that is already cut into tenders, or you can cut chicken breasts into long strips about 1 inch wide

***I have a 6-quart air fryer and can fit a pound of chicken tenders at a time, you may need to work in batches depending on the size of your air fryer

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 16 mins
  • Method: Air Fryer

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