Plate of pickle brined chicken tenders with ketchup and pickles on the side

Pickle Brined Chicken Tenders

Pickle Brined Baked Chicken Tenders are a juicy and flavorful chicken dish - similar to Chick-fil-A chicken recipe; includes air fryer and oven instructions
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 18 mins
Total Time: 28 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 310.6kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad


  • Air Fryer


  • 12 chicken tenders 1 ¼ pound total
  • 1 ¼ cup dill pickle juice plus more for serving
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup seasoned panko breadcrumbs
  • Olive oil Spray


  • Place chicken in a shallow bowl and cover with the pickle juice. Cover and marinade for 8 hours in the fridge.
  • Drain chicken and pat completely dry with paper towels. Discard the marinade.
  • In a medium bowl, beat together the whole egg, egg white, salt and pepper to taste. In a shallow bowl combine the bread crumbs.
  • Working with one piece at a time, dip the chicken in the egg mixture, then into the bread crumbs, gently pressing to adhere. Shake off any excess and place on a work surface. Generously spray both sides of the chicken with oil.

Oven Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the chicken onto the prepared baking sheet and spray the top generously. Bake in oven until the bottom is golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Turn and bake 6 minutes, until golden.

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Working in batches, arrange a single layer of chicken in the air fryer basket. Cook for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway, until cooked through, crispy an golden. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.



Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last up to 4 days in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave, in a skillet with a little olive oil, or in an air fryer before serving.
Freezing Instructions: You can also freeze the chicken tenders before or after cooking them.
  • To freeze them prior to cooking, lay them on a flat baking dish in the freezer for at least 4 hours. When frozen, place them in an airtight bag. Thaw in the fridge overnight and cook per instructions.
  • To freeze them after cooking, simply store them in an airtight bag after they've cooled. To re-heat, thaw in the fridge overnight and bake in a 350°F oven until heated through.
Equipment: I have been using the NuWave Air Fryer all this year, but I just received the SkinnyTaste by Vremi Air Fryer and it has excellent reviews, so I'm excited to try it!
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • Instead of eggs, you can use a flax eggs. For each regular egg, use 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water. You can also use lowfat buttermilk
  • If you prefer not to use breadcrumbs, you can use a gluten-free flour like almond flour or oat flour, or you can also use only panko breadcrumbs.
Nutritional Data: The information below is an automated estimate for the chicken tenders. It could vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.
Pickle Brined Chicken Tenders Excerpted from The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook: The 75 Best Healthy Recipes for Your Air Fryer by Gina Homolka. Copyright © 2019. 


Calories: 310.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.11g | Protein: 37.73g | Fat: 7.19g | Saturated Fat: 1.84g | Cholesterol: 177.99mg | Sodium: 1860.23mg | Potassium: 634.71mg | Fiber: 1.07g | Sugar: 1.41g | Vitamin A: 192.75IU | Vitamin C: 2.21mg | Calcium: 60.85mg | Iron: 2.04mg