Air Fryer Keto Chicken Tenders (Whole30 Paleo) – only 3 ingredients are needed to make these tasty “fried” chicken tenders. They’re super crunchy, kid friendly, and perfect for Keto and low carb diets.

air fryer keto chicken tenders on plate


These Air Fryer Keto Chicken Tenders are loved by kids and adults alike and are my new favorite way to cook chicken tenders! The Air Fryer is an amazing tool for achieving stellar results with some of the most basic recipes (hello these Air Fryer Chicken Wings!) I promise once you give this method a try, you’ll be going back to this recipe over and over.

Although we do not follow an exclusive Keto diet, there are many great takeaways from the Keto concept and certainly some very delicious recipes that just happen to be Keto friendly. My husband has dabbled in the Keto diet and in my experiments with Keto recipes, I discovered this great trick for making a low carb breading that is better than any bread crumb coating. The secret ingredient? Pork rinds!

Air Fryer Keto Chicken Tender Recipe

Yep, only 3 ingredients and you can have the most delicious chicken tenders that are perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside! You’ll need boneless skinless chicken breasts, beaten egg, and pork panko to throw together these chicken tenders.

How to Make Low Carb Breading (Pork Panko)

Pork panko will be your new best friend when it comes to creating a delicious crunchy low carb coating. My favorite pork rinds for making pork panko are Epic Brand, which are available in several seasoned varieties. Simply place them into a food processor (this mini food processor is great!) and pulse until they resemble fine crumbs. Pork panko is the perfect substitute for bread crumbs on a Keto or low carb diet.

pork panko crumbs in bowl

How to Cook Chicken Tenders in Air Fryer

Begin by lining your air fryer with a parchment paper liner and place the breaded chicken tenders in the air fryer leaving some space in between pieces (this ensures even cooking.)

Spray the chicken tenders lightly with oil (I like this avocado oil spray.)

Cook at 400 degrees for 5-6 minutes, flip the tenders, spray, and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Depending on the number of chicken tenders you are cooking, you may need to do this in more than one batch.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bake Keto Chicken Tenders in the oven?

Yes, of course. To bake in the oven, place the chicken tenders on a parchment lined baking sheet. Spray both sides lightly with avocado or olive oil spray. Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes or until done, flipping once throughout cooking.

What kind of Air Fryer do you use?

I own the GoWise 5.8 quart model and love it! It’s relatively inexpensive and works like a charm.

Can I use this low carb breading on other protein?

Yes, absolutely! It’s an excellent crispy coating for boneless pork chops and firm white fish such as Mahi, Cod, and Halibut. Or instead of chicken tenders, try chicken cutlets.

What should I serve with keto chicken tenders?

Any side dish you like! Here a few suggestions:

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Sheet Pan Ranch Roasted Veggies

Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes

Crispy Rosemary Baked Curly Fries

Air Fryer Cajun Fries with Garlic Aioli

For dipping, my kids love this Homemade Ranch Dressing.

air fryer keto chicken tenders dipped in ranch dressing


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air fryer keto chicken tenders

Air Fryer Keto Chicken Tenders (Whole30 Paleo)

Air Fryer Keto Chicken Tenders (Whole30 Paleo) - only 3 ingredients needed to make these tasty "fried" chicken tenders. They're super crunchy, kid friendly, and perfect for Keto and low carb diets.


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup pork panko, see instructions below
  • olive or avocado oil spray


  • To make pork panko, place pork rinds in a food processor and pulse until they are fine crumbs and pour into a shallow bowl.
  • Cut chicken into strips and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Dip chicken in egg, then pork panko,, coating on all sides. Place in the air fryer basket (lined with parchment) and lightly spray with the oil.
  • Set the fryer at 400 degrees and cook for 10-12 minutes, flipping once throughout cooking.


Calories: 183kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 120mg, Sodium: 276mg, Potassium: 435mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 97IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 1mg

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