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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Sauce

These chicken tenders have it all! Tender and juicy chicken in a flavour packed crispy coating, that delivers a satisfying crunch, while baked in your air fryer using just a tiny spray of oil.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken fingers, chicken tenders, healthy chicken tenders
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 318kcal


  • Air Fryer


  • 2 lbs skinless boneless chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 10 crackers/ 1 cup Ryvita crackers to make up 1 cup/85 g crumbs
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tsp oil

For Honey Mustard Sauce

  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • ½-1 tsp white wine vinegar


  • Place Ryvita crackers in a food processor and pulse into crumbs. Alternatively, you can crush them by hand using a rolling pin. Simply put the crackers in a ziplock bag and gently pound with a rolling pin. Remove to a medium bowl and mix in with sesame seeds, dried basil, dried oregano, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Cut chicken breasts into strips and sprinkle with 1 tsp of salt. Beat an egg in a medium bowl. Dunk chicken tenders into an egg mixture, then the crumb mixture and place on an air fryer rack. Spay with a low calorie spray and bake for 10 minutes, then flip on the other side, spray again and cook for 10 minutes longer. The chicken tender are done when juices run clear and the meat is cooked all the way through. You might want to cut one in half to check. (The exact timing may vary depending on the size of your chicken tenders and a brand of your air fryer.)
  • While the chicken tenders are cooking. In a small bowl mix the honey, whole grain mustard, mayonnaise and white wine vinegar and transfer to a serving dish. Serve with chicken tenders.


The exact timing may vary depending on the size of your chicken tenders and a brand of your air fryer.
  • You can use any type of whole grain crackers instead of Ryvita crackers. 
  • You can also substitute sesame seeds with chopped sunflower seeds, poppy seeds or omit them.


Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 1148mg | Potassium: 638mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 176IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg