Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders: A Nourishing Twist on a Classic Comfort Food

Crispy, protein-rich, and ready in just 30 minutes, these air fryer buffalo chicken tenders are a nourishing take on your favorite comfort food. What’s more, they’re gluten-free, making them accessible to those with dietary restrictions.

Air fryer buffalo chicken tenders with veggies and dip

Chicken tenders are often overlooked as a valuable protein source. They’re not only quick and convenient but also incredibly delicious. While pulling them out of the freezer is easy, I wanted to create a nourishing version using ingredients you probably already have at home. Recreating one of your favorite meals in the comfort of your own kitchen is truly satisfying. Rest assured, this recipe maintains all the deliciousness while being gluten-free.

These air fryer buffalo chicken tenders may be made from scratch, but fear not, they’re incredibly simple to prepare. In just 30 minutes, you’ll have a delicious protein addition to elevate any meal. Whether you add them to salads, crispy chicken Caesar wraps, or buffalo chicken rice bowls, these tenders bring versatility and flavor to any dish.

Join me in the kitchen as we embark on this culinary adventure!


Ingredients for chicken tenders including buffalo sauce, barbecue sauce, and corn flakes

  • Corn flakes
  • Garlic and onion powder
  • Chicken breast fillets
  • Eggs
  • Buffalo sauce
  • BBQ sauce


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Substitutions and Variations

  • To make gluten-free: Ensure you use gluten-free certified cornflakes or a similar cereal if you have a gluten allergy.
  • To make dairy-free: Opt for a dairy-free buffalo sauce.

Once you have the base, you can customize the sauce to your liking. For a spicier kick, add more buffalo sauce. If you prefer a milder flavor, increase the BBQ sauce. As long as the total sauce amount reaches 1.5 cups, feel free to adjust the ratios based on your preference.

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  • Air fryer
  • High-speed blender or food processor
  • Mixing bowls


Store these air fryer buffalo chicken tenders in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. To reheat, simply place them in the air fryer at 400°F for approximately 7 minutes, or until crispy. Alternatively, you can heat them in the oven at 400°F for around 15 minutes.

Top Tip

To achieve the crispiest chicken tenders, avoid overcrowding your air fryer. It’s best to cook the chicken in batches to allow sufficient air circulation for optimal crispiness. Remember, the fuller the air fryer, the less crispy your chicken will be.

Frequently Asked Questions

Close-up of air fryer buffalo chicken tenders on a tray

More Easy Meal Ideas

  • Air Fryer Buffalo Tofu
  • The Best Cottage Cheese Buffalo Chicken Dip
  • Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole
  • Buffalo Chicken Rice Bowls

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