Air-Fried Pretzel Chicken Tenders with Ranch Dressing

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.

1 hr 45 mins total time

30 mins active time


Serves 4



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

    to serve

For the ranch dressing:

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


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


  • 1Process the pretzels to form coarse crumbs. Transfer to a bowl.
    Tip: They can also be ground using a mortar and pestle.
  • 2Combine the flour and salt. 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.
  • 6The oven will 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 start the timer. When the Rotate Remind signals, turn over and continue cooking.
  • 9The chicken should be golden and crisp and cooked through. If not, give it a bit more.
  • 10Sprinkle with sea salt and serve with the ranch dressing.