The Best Blackened Chicken Tenders

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These are seriously The Best Blackened Chicken Tenders ever. I was actually shocked when I tasted it. It was a party of flavors in my mouth while the chicken was still so juicy.

I really surprised myself with this recipe. Peter is usually the best at cooking meat but I have to say, I come in right behind at second. He may have some harder competition after I made these though. The girls loved them as well so hey are definitely going to be a weekly dinner idea.

I love how easy they are to make and they re-heat very well for meal prep. I add them to my lunch accompanied by some veggies, potatoes and some homemade sauce on the side.

The Best Blackened Chicken Tenders
The Best Blackened Chicken Tenders

The Best Blackened Chicken Tenders

Here’s what you’ll need

  • Mixing Bowls – I love this set from Amazon. They come in all different sizes making it perfect for baking, seasonings, etc.
  • Chicken Tenders – You can buy chicken tenderloins already cut, or just purchase boneless skinless breasts and cut them into strips.
  • Oil – Avocado oil would be the best to use with this recipe but you can also use olive oil.
  • Seasonings – I used a mix of chili powder, onion powder, granulated onion, salt, pepper, basil, dried oregano and thyme.
  • Air fryerThis one from Amazon is amazing!
  • Meat thermometer – Using a meat thermometer is important because it can help you not under cook or even over cook your chicken.

Air fryer or Oven?

I prefer to cook these in the air fryer but you can also bake them on a sheet pan for 15 to 18 minutes at 400 degrees if you don’t have an air fryer. I highly recommend getting one though – they’re amazing.

Air Fryer Cleaning Trick

I saw this on TikTok but it’s a fast and easy way to clean your air fryer. I add some soap, hot water and “cook” it at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. After it’s done, rinse it again with hot water, dry and its perfectly clean! This has been a life saver.

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 11 mins Total Time 21 mins
Servings: 4 Calories: 110



  1. First, mix all your spices and seasonings together in a small bowl.

  2. Next, toss the chicken tenders in olive oil and your seasonings. Let sit for about 10 minutes.

  3. Lastly, cook in the air fryer for 10 to 12 minutes at 400 degrees or until the chicken's internal temperature is 165 degrees.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 110kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.5g1%
Protein 26g52%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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