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Air Fryer Pickle-Brined Chicken Tenders

Air Fryer Pickle-Brined Chicken Tenders are juicy and flavorful with a crispy exterior.

Course Appetizer, main dish
Cuisine Southern
Keyword fried chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 306 kcal


  • 12 chicken tenders
  • 1 cup dill pickle juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2/3 cup Panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • olive oil spray


  1. Place chicken in a medium bowl. Add pickle juice. Cover and marinate for 6 to 8 hours. If chicken is not completely submerged, stir it once or twice during this time.

  2. Drain chicken and pat dry with paper towels.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, egg white, and milk.

  4. Combine Panko crumbs, bread crumbs, salt, paprika, and pepper in a pie plate or shallow bowl.

  5. Dip chicken tenders in egg mixture and then coat in bread crumb mixture.

  6. Generously spray both sides of chicken with oil.

  7. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees.

  8. Place 6 tenders in air fryer basket and air fry for 10 to 12 minutes, flipping over halfway through.

    Repeat with remaining tenders.

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Pickle-Brined Chicken Tenders
Amount Per Serving
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 143mg48%
Sodium 1703mg74%
Potassium 632mg18%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 236IU5%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.