Frozen chicken strips in the air fryer are super easy to make and so dippable!
Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, this classic finger food makes a great snack or a side to delicious crispy fries.
People typically use the terms chicken fingers, chicken tenders, and chicken strips somewhat interchangeably when describing this breaded chicken appetizer.
While there are some slight differences (e.g. different cuts of meat), they are not really relevant when making the frozen version in the air fryer.
So whether you want to make frozen chicken strips or frozen chicken tenders in the air fryer, our temperature and time guidelines below will work for both!
Before you make air fryer frozen chicken strips, have a quick look at these recipe tips:
- There is no need to thaw the chicken strips first. You also don’t need to spray them with oil. Simply add them to the preheated air fryer from frozen.
- Make sure to not overcrowd the air fryer. Otherwise, the chicken strips might not get as crispy.
- Your exact cooking time might vary since some brands of chicken strips might be thicker cut. Your air fryer might also cook hotter or cooler than the one we use. As long as your chicken strips are crispy brown on the outside and heated through in the inside, you’re good to go!
- Be sure to clean your air fryer after cooking since even dry crumbs from the breading
can build up over time in the air fryer!
We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.
Step by Step Instructions
If you are interested in visual step-by-step instructions for air-fried chicken strips from frozen, check out the few process photos in this section.
Alternatively, you can skip below to the recipe card for all the details!
First, preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
When the air fryer is preheated, add the frozen chicken strips in one even layer with space between them.
Cook the chicken strips for 6 minutes on one side. Then flip them over and cook for 6 more minutes.
These times are approximate and can vary depending on the air fryer and brand of chicken strips used.
Once fully heated and crispy on the outside, remove the chicken strips from the air fryer. You can serve them with your preferred dipping sauce, e.g. plum sauce, or as a side with fries.
Air fried chicken strips actually store well once they cool. Just be sure to place them in a sealed container in the fridge.
They will last for 1-2 days like this but eat them sooner rather than later as they tend to dry out a bit.
To reheat them, you can always toss them back in the air fryer or pop them in the microwave for a few seconds!
What to Serve Frozen Chicken Strips With
Chicken strips can be eaten on their own with dipping sauce or served as a side to some classic finger foods in the “fries” category.
We enjoy chicken strips with plum sauce but BBQ and sweet n’ sour are also popular choices!
If you’re interested in other chicken finger foods, have a look at these options:
- 6 frozen chicken strips
- Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
- When the air fryer is preheated, add the frozen chicken strips in one even layer with space between them.
- Cook the chicken strips for 6 minutes on one side. Then flip them over and cook for 6 more minutes. These times are approximate and can vary depending on the air fryer and brand of chicken strips used.
- Once fully heated and crispy on the outside, remove the chicken strips from the air fryer. You can serve them with your preferred dipping sauce, e.g. plum sauce, or as a side with fries.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 335Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 888mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 21g
This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.