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Best Ninja Foodi Chicken Tenders

Homemade Ninja Foodi chicken tenders wrapped in bacon are here for you to enjoy tonight! Easy 20 minute air fryer dinner idea even the kids will love. 

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These Ninja Food chicken tenders are taken to the next level with bacon! Of course you can keep them “plain” with breading too, either way they make a great dinner idea. Added to our roundup of easy Ninja Foodi recipes you can use any brand of air fryer you might have to make these. Homemade, healthy, and delicious. (affiliate links present)

  • Have you gotten on the air fryer bandwagon yet?? We cook tons of easy air fryer recipes all the time now that we have this baby.

We have this pressure cooker and air fryer but there are many models out there. Both big and small. 

If you too are obsessed with your Ninja Foodi pressure cooker air fryer machine, here are a few resource to start with:

  1. You can bookmark our Ninja air fryer recipes page, we add to that weekly.
    1. Here’s a printable air fryer cook times chart here for your fridge.
    2. Be sure to save this link to Instant Pot recipes for beginners too. You can use any of those in your pot too.

  1. Grab this set of wooden utensils to work with. They are great so your pot doesn’t get scratched!
  2. Then join our Ninja Facebook group where you can share and find more ideas you’ll love. Thousands of others share both pressure cooker and air fryer recipe ideas there daily and you can too!

If you need to know how to cook frozen meat in a pressure cooker, we have information on that. NO, you aren’t the only forgetful one. 😉

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Here’s how to make our Ninja Foodi chicken tenders.

It’s one of our favorite Ninja Foodi chicken recipes. You can add a bit of heat if you like with some chili powder or keep them lightly breaded as you see here.

There are no unusual hard to find ingredients used and I wrapped many in bacon which took them from good to over the top deliciousness. You chose which you like better. 😉

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This is how you’ll want to set up your workspace so you can make these homemade air fryer chicken tenders like an assembly line.

  • Preheat your air fryer first to 350 degrees.
  • Spray basket with cooking spray.
  • You’ll want one bowl to whisk an egg into.
  • Another bowl will have bread crumbs and some olive oil.
    • this will be your breading
  • On a cutting board you’ll lay out your bacon strips if you’re using them.

I cut 8 pieces in half and wrapped 2 halves around each chicken tender once it was breaded.

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You could use avocado oil if you’d rather, I use what I have on hand. The only accessory you will need is either the air fryer basket or a wire trivet. I used the basket that came with my machine.

Most of my Ninja air fryer recipes use this unless it’s a tall piece of meat, then the trivet is better.

There are tons of possibilities really when it comes to this. If you cannot use eggs then a coating of olive oil and a dry packaged rub or even Shake n Bake will work.

As for bacon I wouldn’t choose a thick style. Regular slices will get a bit crispier, that is our preference anyway.

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This is what our assembly line of sorts looked like. 1 slice cut in half and wrapped around works perfectly.

Typically tenders aren’t very big. Or you could use one strip and start at the bottom wrapping it all the way up. I just thought it would be easier to secure the ends with toothpicks this way.

  • I made a few without as well to taste the difference and everyone enjoyed them. With and without the added meat. 

If you just had chicken breasts handy you could use those too. I would cut them into strips similar to this size. You want them relatively thin and all of them to be the same size so they’ll cook evenly in the air fryer.

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Items you’ll need to make chicken tenders in the air fryer

  1. Chicken tenders
    1. or breasts cut into small strips similar to chicken fingers
  2. Egg
  3. Bread crumbs – I used this, I think it’s easier than panko breadcrumbs  
    1. both used to bread chicken 
  4. Bacon if you want to wrap them
  5. Dipping sauces if desired
    1. I keep leftovers from Chick Fil A and use those
    2. Ranch, BBQ, and fry sauce are good too
  6. Oil spray if you want them really really crispy

Serve these with our baked macaroni and cheese for the perfect family friendly meal.

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Grab your power air fryer, or any other brand and give these a whirl tonight!

All you do is:

  • Bread the chicken
  • Cook chicken at 350 degrees for 12 minutes total
  • After 6 minutes flipping over is necessary to get crispy on both sides
  • If using bacon cook for 14 minutes
  • We have directions for frozen chicken nuggets and air fryer frozen chicken strips here too if you’re in a rush

This whole process should take 30 minutes including time to prep and preheat your machine. For a lower carb way, you can make air fryer chicken tenders no breading.

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You can print recipe below and find more easy dinners and air fryer recipes here.

Air fryer chicken tenders recipe with fry sauce and our tater tots make the perfect crispy meal!

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Ninja Foodi Chicken Tenders

Homemade Ninja Foodi chicken tenders wrapped in bacon are here for you to enjoy tonight! Easy 20 minute air fryer dinner idea even the kids will love.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, bacon, chicken tenders, farberware air fryer, homemade, ninja foodi, philips air fryer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 443kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Whip your egg in a bowl. In a different bowl combine your bread crumbs with your olive oil. Preheat your air fryer to 350 for 10 minutes while you’re preparing your chicken.
  • Dip each chicken tender into the egg on both sides letting excess egg drip off before putting it into the bread crumb bowl. Flip over so whole piece of chicken is covered in wet bread crumb mixture.
  • If not adding bacon, place these coated pieces into your air fryer basket.
  • If wrapping with bacon, cut 8 slices of bacon in half and lay 2 of your half pieces down next to one another horizontally. 
  • Place your coated chicken tender in the middle. Use 2 toothpicks to secure ends of bacon pieces on to chicken. Insert at an angle so they are somewhat flat so when you put them into the basket they lay relatively flat.
  • Place chicken wrapped pieces into air fryer basket with toothpick sides down.
  • Once all pieces are in basket and aren’t overlapping (we did 2 batches so they didn’t) close lid and select air crisp for 12 minutes if there’s no bacon, or 14 minutes if you wrapped with bacon.
  • Flip chicken pieces halfway through your cook cycle. If you want them really crisp spray oil on them for the last 2 minutes. Remove and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Ninja Foodi Chicken Tenders
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 443 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 142mg47%
Sodium 537mg23%
Potassium 548mg16%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Patricia Skillington

Monday 31st of August 2020

Thanks for your words and kind help. I also like funnel. My best one to like so far is million dollar funnel.

Naima McKissack

Saturday 25th of July 2020

Question: If I want a serving of 8 instead of 4, how should I adjust the time? Would it be the same if you keep them all small and the same size?

The Typical Mom

Saturday 25th of July 2020

Yes same as long as they're not overlapping


Tuesday 7th of May 2019

HOLY COW! You've totally outdone yourself here - these are fantastic!!


Tuesday 7th of May 2019

I've made a similar recipe in the oven before but they were even better in the air fryer!

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