Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders

This recipe is easy and tastes as though you are eating a homemade chicken tender with a restaurant fryer. Each serving only has 1 gram of carbohydrates…but you would never know that it is so low-carb from the taste. I serve them with my homemade ranch dressing. The first time I made them I thought I had enough to have leftovers for lunch the next day…unfortunately my kids ate all of them in one evening! I guess next time I’ll have to make 4-5 lbs for leftovers.

They cook up best in an air fryer to get that crispy outside layer. If you do not have an air fryer you could cook them in the oven or in a frying pan…

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders

Tessa Ludwig
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cooking time per batch 11 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 :6 oz servings
Calories 290 kcal


Air Fryer


Chicken Marinade

  • 3 lbs raw chicken tenderloins
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 6 garlic cloves minced or diced

Parmesan Crust

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups fresh grated parmesan I buy the bella rosa brand
  • 1 TBS dried parsely
  • Chose Foods Avocado spray


Chicken Marinade

  • Toss chicken raw tenderloins in a large glass bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Cover and place in fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • Remove from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking.

Parmesan Crust

  • Preheat the air fryer at 400 degrees.
  • Place 3 eggs in a shallow glass dish and whisk until well combined.
  • In another shallow glass dish, whisk together grated parmesan and dried parsley.
  • Dip chicken in egg wash, then in parmesan mixture, making sure that all sides are well covered.
  • Spray the inside of the air fryer with the Chosen Foods Avocado Oil spray to prevent the chicken from sticking.
  • Place crusted chicken in the air fryer in a single layer, making sure no sides are touching.
  • Fry for 8-11 min or until crispy and light brown in color, time will vary based off size of chicken tender.
  • Remove from air fryer and let rest. Serve with your favorite low carb dipping sauce.


Serving: 6ozSodium: 360.4mgSugar: 0.1gFiber: 0.1gPotassium: 30.3mgCholesterol: 202.3mgCalories: 290kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 3.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.7gSaturated Fat: 5.1gFat: 11.9gProtein: 48gCarbohydrates: 1g
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