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Popeyes Chicken Tenders in The Air Fryer

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This Popeyes chicken tenders recipe will give you a great chance to whip out your Air Fryer and make a delicious meal. Why go to Popeyes when you can make your own copycat food from your house?!

You would never believe how close these will taste to the original chicken tenders from Popeyes. The great crunch on the outside and juicy tenderness on the inside.

Popeyes Chicken Tenders Recipe

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The Popeyes chicken tenders recipe is nice and simple and will not take you a long time to make. You will love tasting the freshness of Popeyes from your house.

The smell of the cooking chicken tenders will fill your house with joy. Your family, and even your guests, will appreciate this delicious home-cooked meal.

There is no reason to go out and spend a bunch of money on getting food when you can make your own savory meal in your Air Fryer. It does not get any easier than this!

air fried chicken tenders

Air fryer recipes are becoming more delicious and common and the Popeyes chicken tenders recipe is no exception. The air fryer makes it so quick and easy that you would not even believe it.

In just twenty minutes, you will have homemade chicken tenders that resemble the taste of the ones from Popeyes. Yup! Only twenty minutes, maybe less (not including the refrigeration time).

If you let your family try them before telling them that it was homemade, they will think it came straight from the store. Little do they know, you made that art yourself.

What Is The Coating Made Of

popeyes copycat tenders

It is actually pretty simple and easy to get that nice flavor on the outside of the chicken. It is a simple egg-flour mixture that becomes golden and crispy when it is done being fried.

The same sort of egg and flour mixture is used in this Popeyes chicken tenders recipe. The like ingredients are what make the recipe so close to the original.

The power of the air fryer is getting stronger and it is amazing! The day that I can recreate McDonald’s fries in the air fryer is the day that I am perfectly content in life.

chicken tenders

The Popeyes chicken tenders are perfect if you are craving a nice, protein-filled meal for the night. The crunchy outside and soft interior will hit the spot in every way possible.

On warm summer evening or cool winter night, this is a great way to end your day. After eating a great meal like this, you will sleep better than you ever have before.

Even if cooking is not your thing, this recipe will be your thing. The instructions are straightforward and easy and will make you feel like a master chef in your kitchen.

To find more recipes made with the air fryer, you can look into Zucchini Chips, Buttermilk Biscuits, and Salmon!

Popeyes Chicken Tenders in The Air Fryer
Yield: 12-14

Popeyes Chicken Tenders in The Air Fryer

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

You would never believe how close these will taste to the original chicken tenders from Popeyes. The great crunch on the outside and juicy tenderness on the inside.


  • 2 pounds chicken breast, skinless and boneless
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • ½ cup Louisiana style hot sauce + ¼ cup divided
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Slice chicken breasts into tender size strips.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together buttermilk and ½ cup hot sauce.
  3. Add chicken and buttermilk mixture to a large Ziploc bag or storage container and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour, up to 2.
  4. Remove chicken from fridge and dry gently with paper towels, then discard the buttermilk.
  5. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  6. In a mixing bowl, add flour, seasonings, and salt, then whisk together.
  7. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and ¼ cup hot sauce.
  8. Dredge strips in flour mixture, then egg mixture, then flour mixture.
  9. Place strips in air fryer basket, leaving space between each one. Coat each one heavily with cooking oil spray.
  10. Cook at 400 degrees for 13 to 15 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165 degrees in the thickest part of the strip.
  11. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces.popeyes copycat tenders

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