The best gluten-free southwest chicken tenders in the air fryer


An air fryer has almost become a constant on our counter…and that’s saying a lot for somebody that has limited counter space. But, it makes the crispiest food with little to no fat or oils added. This time we made the best gluten-free southwest chicken tenders in the air fryer.

The ingredients for the best gluten-free southwest chicken tenders in the air fryer

Gather your ingredients so you can get started with the breading that will give the chicken it’s crispy flavor. You’ll need gluten-free breadcrumbs, (we like to use homemade) taco seasoning, oregano, onion powder, salt, and crushed red pepper. The recipe is below with all of the ingredients. 

gluten free air fryer tenders ingredients

Prepare the chicken for the southwest chicken tenders

Once the breading is prepared, the boneless skinless chicken breast into tender sizes. You could also purchase already cut up chicken tenders or even cut chicken smaller into chicken nuggets.

After cutting up the chicken, coat it with the mayonnaise. I promise, you will not taste the mayonnaise. I don’t like the stuff at all. Instead you will end up with incredibly moist chicken that the breading can stick to and allows it to get crispy.

One at a time, after the chicken has been coated in mayonnaise, dip each chicken tender into the batter and coat them. Make sure to cover the entire piece of chicken.

Place the coated gluten-free southwest chicken tenders on the rack for the air fryer (or basket if that’s the air fryer type you have). 

B breading the gluten free chicken tenders for the air fryer

Make sure you leave enough space for air to move around them. 

gf tenders on air fryer sheet

Then place them into the air fryer for about 15-20 minutes until they are done. 

air fryer temperature setting for gluten free chicken tenders

We were sent the PowerXL Air Fryer Oven w/ Accessory Kit to test out.

The PowerXL AirFryer Pro has the ability to place several racks of chicken at the same time in it. The PowerXL Air Fryer Pro is a full multi-cooker that gives you all the crisp, juicy, delicious, healthier benefits of air frying with an added rotisserie and dehydrator. Just choose from 8 One-Touch Pre-Set Buttons to air fry extra crispy chicken fingers; air-fry rotisserie for savory pork roast, mouthwatering turkey breast, or authentic kebabs; and you can even use the dehydrator to make healthy dehydrated vegetables, herbs, fruit, and more—with no added sugar. Your food cooks on both the top and the bottom for that great crispy-fried taste and texture—without all the fat and calories!

gf chicken tenders in the air fryer

The air fryer doesn’t heat up the entire kitchen and cooks so much faster. I really like the see-through door so we can check the progress of the food as it’s cooking. You can also see it does a great job of roasting vegetables like asparagus, too. 

air fryer asparagus

We served our gluten-free southwest chicken tenders with a side salad and cucumbers. 

gf chicken tenders from air fryer with salad

Every time we make these chicken tenders, they are devoured by our family and even guests. 

gf chicken tenders from air fryer

Looking for another easy air fryer recipe? Check out this bacon-wrapped air fryer chicken!

Yield: 4 servings (approximately 4oz each)

Gluten-Free Southwest Chicken Tenders in the Air Fryer

gf chicken tenders from air fryer with salad

A zesty gluten-free chicken tender you can make in the air fryer.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 seconds
Total Time 15 minutes 35 seconds



  1. Cut chicken breasts into tenders, or if using tenders, remove that tendon piece.
  2. Combine the gluten-free bread crumbs, taco seasoning, crushed red pepper, salt and oregano. Mix well.
  3. Place the chicken in a bowl and coat with mayonnaise.
  4. Once each piece of chicken is covered with mayonnaise, coat the chicken, one piece at a time in the bread crumb mixture.
  5. Place the coated chicken on racks for the air fryer making sure the chicken has space for air to circulate around.
  6. Cook in the air fryer for approximately 15-20 minutes at 360 degrees Fahrenheit.


While this calls for mayo, don't worry. You can't taste it. Really, I don't like mayo and I can't taste it. It helps give nice moist chicken with a good coating.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 511mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 39g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate and this is based on certain ingredients used. Please use your specific ingredients for more precise data.

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