Air-Fried Pretzel Chicken Tenders with Ranch Dressing
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Air-Fried Pretzel Chicken Tenders with Ranch Dressing

These pretzel crusted chicken tenders are air-fried to perfection. Deliciously moist on the inside, crisp and crunchy on the outside.
the Smart Oven® Air Fryer Pro
the Smart Oven® Air Fryer Pro Product Details

the Smart Oven® Air Fryer Pro

+1 more appliance


1 hr 45 mins total time

30 mins active time


Serves 4



  • pretzel icon
    5 oz pretzels
  • all-purpose flour icon
    ½ cup (2½ oz) all-purpose flour
  • kosher salt icon
    1 tsp kosher salt
  • large egg icon
    2 large eggs
  • chicken tenders icon
    1½ lb chicken tenders
  • Cooking spray icon
    Cooking spray
  • sea salt icon
    Sea salt

    to serve

For the ranch dressing

  • mayonnaise icon
    ½ cup (3½ oz) mayonnaise
  • sour cream icon
    ½ cup (4 oz) sour cream
  • white wine vinegar icon
    1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • mustard powder icon
    ½ tsp mustard powder
  • kosher salt icon
    ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • clove garlic icon
    ½ clove garlic


  • finely chopped dill icon
    1 tbsp finely chopped dill
  • thinly sliced chives icon
    2 tsp thinly sliced chives


  • 1Place the pretzels in a food processor bowl and process to form coarse crumbs. Transfer to a bowl.
    Tip: They can also be ground using a mortar and pestle.
  • 2Combine the flour and salt in a bowl. Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl.
  • 3Working with one piece at a time, place the chicken in the flour and toss to coat. Dip in the eggs then coat in the crumbs.
  • 4Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to allow the crust to set and prevent it falling off. Meanwhile, make the dressing.
  • 5Whisk the mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, mustard, salt and garlic until smooth. Add the herbs. Cover and refrigerate until required.
  • 6Set the oven to Air Fry, Super Convection, 450°F, for 13 minutes, confirm Rotate Remind and press Start to preheat. Meanwhile, continue to the next step.
  • 7Generously spray the chicken with cooking spray. Place, sprayed side down, in a single layer, in the air fry basket, ensuring they are not touching. Spray the top to coat.
  • 8Once preheated, place the basket in rack position 3 and cook for 13 minutes. When the Rotate Remind signals, turn the chicken over and continue cooking.
  • 9The chicken should be golden and crisp. If not, cook for a few more minutes.
  • 10Sprinkle with sea salt and serve with the ranch dressing.
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