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5 Ingredient Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders (Air Fryer or Oven-Baked)

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Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders are made with 5 ingredients and ready in under 30 minutes! Make them in your air fryer or bake them in the oven. Either way, they’re super crispy, slightly spicy, and delicious!

Spicy Gluten-Free Baked Chicken Tenders (Air Fryer or Oven-Baked)

I really don’t mean to be too forward here, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to change your life with these super crispy, subtly spicy gluten-free chicken tenders.

SO CRISPY.

SO GOOD.

I’m truly shocked!

The most important factor when it comes to chicken tenders (besides taste, of course) is the crisp factor.

It needs to be level 100. Otherwise, count me out. Ya feel?

And these right here? They are level 1,000.

Spicy Gluten-Free Baked Chicken Tenders (Air Fryer or Oven-Baked)

How do I make gluten free chicken tenders crispy?

There are a few tricks I used to get these gluten-free tenders insanely crispy.

One of the steps I added to make them crispy was toasting the rice crumbs before using them.

You want to pop your rice crumbs in the oven for about 10 minutes at 425F before using them for your coating. Set them aside and allow them to cool before using.

Another trick I used was double-dipping the tenders

Say whattttt? But my mama told me not to double-dip!

Double dipping is typically frowned upon, but in this case, it is totally acceptable! Repeat the coating process twice before baking your tenders.

What you’ll do: dredge a chicken tender in your egg mixture, letting excess egg drain off before dredging in rice crumb mixture. THEN, dredge tender once more in egg and rice crumb mixture. Finally, transfer the tenders to the prepared baking sheet.

My third trick for extra crispy gluten free chicken tenders is to spray them with olive oil spray before popping them in the oven to bake.

The light oil coating gets the tops crispy, brown, and gives them that crunch you’re looking for!

My final tip for crispy tenders is to cool them on a cooling rack.

This prevents the breading from getting soggy on the side touching the pan while they cool.

Spicy Gluten-Free Baked Chicken Tenders (Air Fryer or Oven-Baked)

Do I have to double dip them?

Not at all! I did half of the tenders with the extra breading and half with only one round of coating. It’s totally up to you. They get really crispy either way. 🙂

But speaking of dips…

What should I dip my gluten-free chicken tenders in?

I love dipping these spicy chicken tenders in my creamy avocado sauce, a little greek yogurt mixed with buffalo sauce, or a fun dressing like pizza ranch! These tenders are also great dipped in ketchup which your kids (cough, me, cough) will love. 😉

How else can I serve gluten free chicken tenders besides dipping them?

One of my favorite ways to enjoy these 5 ingredient chicken tenders is by chopping them up and adding them to my salads! I love how the breading acts like croutons and adds depth to my salads.

I also love to add these crispy tenders to a wrap with lettuce, avocado, buffalo sauce, and cream cheese. I’m really liking this specific dairy-free cream cheese lately.

You could totally coat them in a little sweet and sour sauce and add them to a stir fry as well!

Spicy Gluten-Free Baked Chicken Tenders (Air Fryer or Oven-Baked)

How to make gluten-free chicken tenders in the air fryer:

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Place the chicken tenders in the basket, adding in batches so as not to crowd or overlap.
  2. Cook for 13-15 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through so they’re crispy on both sides. Repeat with the remaining tenders.

How to make gluten free chicken tenders in the oven:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Spray tops of dredged chicken tenders with olive oil spray. Place the baking sheet on the center rack of the oven and bake 15 minutes.
  3. Use tongs to flip chicken tenders and bake 8-10 minutes more, until the internal temperature of chicken reaches 165°F and the exterior is a light golden brown.
  4. Remove from oven and transfer chicken tenders to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.

Personally, I like making them in the oven since it’s already preheated and ready to go from toasting your rice crumbs.

Spicy Gluten-Free Baked Chicken Tenders (Air Fryer or Oven-Baked)

 

For these gluten-free chicken tenders you will need 5 simple ingredients:

And salt… but that doesn’t count as an ingredient in my opinion. Salt is just a part of life!

A very necessary part if you ask me.

Spicy Gluten-Free Baked Chicken Tenders (Air Fryer or Oven-Baked)

You will also need:

  • A baking sheet or air fryer
  • A cooling rack
  • Two large bowls (one for your egg mixture and one for your breading mixture)
  • A pretty serving dish and a small dish or two for your sauces!

Spicy Gluten-Free Baked Chicken Tenders (Air Fryer or Oven-Baked)

I can’t wait to hear how you all enjoy these super easy 5 ingredient gluten-free chicken tenders! They are truly perfect for the whole family and your kids won’t even know they’re healthy!

As always, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram when you make them so I can post them to my stories!

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Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders | 5 Ingredients, Paleo

Spicy Gluten-Free Baked Chicken Tenders (Air Fryer or Oven)

4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Tenders

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup Rice Crumbs
  • 1.5 Lbs Chicken Tenders
  • 1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Egg Whites

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Spread rice crumbs on a large baking sheet. Place on the center rack of the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer rice crumbs to a bowl to cool.
  • Coat baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside. Remove chicken from packaging and pat dry with paper towels, set aside.
  • Add nutritional yeast, taco seasoning, and salt to cooled rice crumbs, set aside.
  • In another shallow bowl, whisk eggs and egg whites, set aside.
  • One by one, dredge a chicken tender in egg mixture, letting excess drain off before dredging in rice crumb mixture. For thicker breading, dredge tender once more in egg and rice crumb mixture, then transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tenders.
  • Spray tops of dredged chicken tenders with olive oil spray. Place baking sheet on center rack of oven and bake 15 minutes.
  • Use tongs to flip chicken tenders and bake 8-10 minutes more, until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165°F and exterior is a light golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and transfer chicken tenders to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Place the chicken tenders in the basket, adding in batches so as not to crowd or overlap.
  • Cook for 13-15 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through so they're crispy on both sides. Repeat with the remaining tenders.
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