Air-Fried Buffalo Chicken Tenders Recipe


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Air-Fried Buffalo Chicken Tenders

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    Corn flakes cereal is the secret to these extra crispy air-fried buffalo chicken tenders.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 4
    1 (1-to-1-1/4-lbs.) pkg. Hy-Vee True chicken breast tenders
    ¾ c. Frank's RedHot original sauce, divided; plus additional for garnish
    2 ½ c. That's Smart! corn flakes cereal
    ⅓ c. Hy-Vee plain bread crumbs
    ¾ c. Hy-Vee all-purpose flour
    2 tsp. Frank's RedHot original seasoning blend, plus additional for garnish
    1 Hy-Vee large egg
    Refrigerated chunky blue cheese dressing, for serving
    Celery sticks, for serving
    Carrot sticks, for serving

    Things To Grab

    • Large resealable plastic bag
    • Air fryer
    • Food processor
    • 3 shallow bowls
    • Whisk
    • Hy-Vee nonstick cooking spray


    1. Place chicken in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour 1/2 cup RedHot sauce over chicken; seal bag. Turn bag to evenly coat chicken with sauce. Marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes, turning bag occasionally. 

    2. Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees according to manufacturer's directions. Place corn flakes and bread crumbs in a food processor. Cover and pulse 3 or 4 times until corn flakes are slightly crushed. Transfer to a shallow bowl. Whisk together flour and 2 teaspoons seasoning blend in another shallow bowl. Whisk together egg and remaining 1/4 cup RedHot sauce in a third shallow bowl. 

    3. Remove chicken from marinade. Shake off excess marinade; discard marinade. Dust chicken in flour mixture. Then dip chicken pieces at one time, into egg mixture; shake off excess. Coat with corn flake crumb mixture, gently pressing to adhere. 

    4. Lightly spray air fryer basket with nonstick spray. Working in batches, place coated chicken in a single layer in basket; lightly spray with nonstick spray. Close air fryer and air-fry for 6 minutes. Turn chicken over; lightly spray with nonstick spray and air-fry for 4 to 6 minutes more or until golden and chicken reaches 165 degrees. Transfer chicken to a serving tray; drizzle with additional RedHot sauce, if desired. 

    5. Serve chicken with blue cheese dressing and celery and carrot sticks. Garnish dressing with additional RedHot seasoning blend, if desired. 

    Nutrition facts


    240 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 3g
    • Cholesterol: 110mg
    • Sodium: 1300mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 23g
    • Protein: 30g

    Daily Values

    Iron 30%
    Calcium 2%
    Vitamin D 6%
    Potassium 0%

    Recipe Source:

    Hy-Vee Seasons Magazine September 2021