Chicken strips are a beloved favorite for many, but traditional deep frying can leave you feeling guilty about consuming all that oil. Enter the air fryer—a game-changing kitchen appliance that allows you to enjoy crispy, delicious chicken strips without the excess oil. Perfect for home cooks, health enthusiasts, and air fryer users, this guide will walk you through how to make the perfect air-fried chicken strips.

chicken strips air fryer

Ingredients You'll Need

Before we get started, gather the following ingredients:

  • Chicken Breast Strips: 1 lb, cut into even strips
  • Seasoning: Salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder (or your favorite seasoning blend)
  • Breading: 1 cup of breadcrumbs or panko
  • Egg Wash: 2 eggs, beaten
  • Optional Dipping Sauces: Honey mustard, ranch, BBQ sauce, etc.

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Preparation

Marinating the Chicken:

  1. Place your chicken breast strips in a large bowl.
  2. Season generously with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  3. Let the chicken marinate for at least 15-30 minutes to absorb the flavors.

Breading the Chicken:

  1. Set up a breading station with three bowls: one with the beaten eggs, one with flour (optional), and one with breadcrumbs.
  2. Dip each chicken strip first into the flour (if using), then into the egg wash, and finally coat it with breadcrumbs.

2. Prepping the Air Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C). Preheating ensures even cooking.
  2. Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray to prevent sticking.

3. Cooking the Chicken Strips

  1. Place the breaded chicken strips in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Do not overcrowd the basket; cook in batches if necessary.
  2. Cook the chicken strips for 10-12 minutes, flipping them halfway through to ensure even crispiness.
  3. Check for doneness; the internal temperature should reach 165°F (75°C).

4. Achieving Perfect Crispiness

Tips for Optimal Texture:

  • Use Panko Breadcrumbs: They provide a crunchier texture compared to regular breadcrumbs.
  • Light Spray of Oil: For extra crispiness, lightly spray the chicken strips with cooking oil before cooking.
  • Avoid Overcrowding: Cook in batches if needed to allow hot air to circulate evenly around the chicken strips.

5. Safety Precautions

  • Always handle hot appliances and food with care.
  • Use kitchen mitts when handling the air fryer basket.
  • Ensure the chicken reaches a safe internal temperature to avoid any risk of foodborne illness.

6. Serving Suggestions

Pair your crispy chicken strips with:

  • A fresh garden salad
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Quinoa or rice bowls
  • Various dipping sauces for extra flavor


Cooking chicken strips in an air fryer is a fantastic way to enjoy a healthier version of this classic dish without compromising on taste or texture. The air fryer not only reduces the amount of oil used but also delivers crispy, delicious results every time.

We hope you enjoy making and devouring these air-fried chicken strips as much as we do! Feel free to share your feedback and any variations you tried in the comments.

Happy Cooking!

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