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Crispy Tyson Frozen Chicken Strips in the Air Fryer

By Rachel
June 20, 2024

These crispy Tyson frozen chicken strips in the air fryer are so easy to make at home and they have a restaurant taste and texture. The air fryer is the way to go for super crispy, golden brown tenders. I like to serve these family style with a buffet of different sauces and fries or chips. These reheat well in the air fryer as well so make a big batch for your next game day or weeknight dinner!

plate of Tysons chicken tenders

Highlights of these Tyson chicken strips:

  • Super simple meal or snack: these are so quick and easy they can make a fast weeknight meal or quick snack. Chop these up and use them in grain bowls, tacos, salads, in mac n cheese, or in quesadillas. Serve with veggie sticks and homemade ranch dip for a snack or lunch kids will love or a complete meal the whole family will love.
  • Best way to cook frozen chicken strips: these stay crispy and golden brown on the outside and tender on the inside. They are not greasy or soggy after cooking in the air fryer!
  • Can be served buffet style with favorite dipping sauce or as part of a snack tray: these would be fun for a game day snack platter or on an appetizer platter with other air fried snacks like cheese curds, fried pickles, potato fries, and potato skins! These are a true crowd pleaser, sure to work for everyone.
  • Goes great with any sauce: these are great with ranch, of course! But they also go great with homemade teriyaki sauce, orange sauce, zesty barbeque, honey mustard, or buffalo sauce.
  • Restaurant style: these come out exactly like the restaurant style style chicken strips! Crispy, juicy, and tender without any of the mess of frying in oil. The air fryer gets the coating much crispier than the oven does!
Crispy Tyson Frozen Chicken Strips in the Air Fryer

Trying to avoid seeds oil, artificial ingredients, and natural flavors? You can make your own chicken tenders to air fry by taking boneless skinless chicken tenders, coating in all purpose flour or wheat flour, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, corn starch, and crushed corn flakes or crackers. Everything can be found at your local grocery store!

Ingredients Used & Substitutions:

  • Tyson frozen chicken strips: this works with any flavor or shape. You can use boneless chicken bites, chicken patties, frozen chicken tenderloins, or chicken nuggets!
  • Dipping sauce of choice: ranch, bbq sauce, honey mustard, buffalo, aioli, or sriracha all go well with these.

How to make Crispy Tyson Frozen Chicken Strips in the Air Fryer (with step by step instructions):

Quick overview:

  • Add frozen chicken strips to air fryer basket
  • Air fry until crispy
bag of Tyson chicken strips

1. Place frozen chicken tenders in the basket of an air fryer in a single layer.

2. Heat strips at 360 degree F for 11-12 minutes until warm on the inside and crispy on the outside. These are already cooked so you dnt have to worry about the internal temperature as long as they are warmed.

3. Serve immediately with dipping sauces for an easy meal. Store leftover strips in an airtight container.

Save the mess of deep frying in oil and make these air fryer chicken strips in no time!

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Tools I used for this air fryer chicken recipe:

  • Glasslock Glass Food Storage Containers – the square containers are the perfect size for lunches, stain proof, and they are dishwasher safe. Great air-tight container for storing leftovers or meal prep!
  • Tongs – a must have kitchen tool! I love these for flipping things in the air fryer. They are stainless steel and clean up super easy.
  • Instant 6 qt. Air Fryer – Sleek and functional, the perfect size for 2-3 people. I like this because it has a tray in the bottom which make cleaning easy and it allows for air to circulate evenly. It has a large tray so you don’t have to do so many batches and a window to see into the air fryer while cooking!
Crispy Tyson Frozen Chicken Strips in the Air Fryer

Leftover uncooked chicken strips can be stored in the freezer in a freezer-safe container. These have a delicious flavor and are one of the best air fryer beginner recipes

Recipe FAQs:

Can I use boneless chicken bites or chicken nuggets?

Yes, any of the Tyson chicken products can be cooked in the air fryer. Cook time will vary based on the products. Chicken bites, Tyson southern style chicken tenderloins or Tyson chicken nuggets will cook faster than strips or patties. Boneless chicken wings and chicken fries also work for this, the cook up in a fraction of the time.

How long do you cook Tyson crispy chicken strips in the air fryer?

These strips only take 11-12 minutes to cook in the air fryer. You can cook longer if desired, for crispier tenders.

Should you thaw Tyson chicken fingers before air frying?

No need to thaw Tyson chicken strips before air frying, these can go from freezer directly into the air fryer. This helps to stop them from getting soggy.

chicken tenders dipped in buffalo sauce

For the best experience, air fry these and enjoy immediately!

Crispy Tyson Frozen Chicken Strips in the Air Fryer

Crispy Tyson Frozen Chicken Strips in the Air Fryer

Frozen Tyson chicken strips air fried until crispy
Servings 8 servings
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes


  • Air fryer


  • 1, 40 oz. bag Tyson frozen chicken strips
  • Dipping Sauce of choice


  • Preheat air fryer to 360°F and arrange frozen chicken strips in a single layer in air fryer basket or rack.
  • Heat chicken strips for 11 – 12 minutes. Serve immediately with dipping sauce of choice.


*If desired, spray air fryer basket with cooking spray so tenders don’t stick.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 304kcalProtein: 25gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 100mgPotassium: 214mgVitamin A: 201IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
Author: The Hearty Life
Calories: 304kcal
Cost: $
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Recipes, Appetizers, Chicken, Chicken strips, Short Cut Recipe

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platter of Tyson chicken tenders with sauces

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