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How to reheat chicken tenders in air fryer. Last night we went out to Slim Chicken and brought some leftover chicken tenders home with us, and today we are showing how crispy they go when reheated in the air fryer.

You can reheat just one chicken tender (or chicken strip as they are known here in the UK) or a full box on them, depending on how many you have left over.

Reheat Chicken Tenders in Air Fryer
Reheat Chicken Tenders in Air Fryer
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Reheating Chicken Tenders In Air Fryer

There are two main reasons that I end up reheating chicken tenders in the air fryer.

Either it’s the kids and they never finish what I buy them. YES this happens a lot and you would be amazed that at their ages (7 and 9) that they still cant finish a McDonalds Happy Meal or finish a meal deal at Slim Chicken. I would much rather take home that two leftover chicken strips and give them to them for lunch the day after, rather than waste them.

The second is, that I am taking the food home. Depending on traffic our favourite fast food establishments are anywhere between 15 minutes drive and an hour away. Sometimes its nice to bring some home and then reheat it in the air fryer.

Today, we will be sharing with you the ideal time and temp for reheating chicken tenders in the air fryer and making them super crispy.

Love to reheat food? Then also try reheating wings in air fryer, reheating chicken pickles in air fryer, or my personal favourite reheating burgers in the air fryer.

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Can You Reheat Cooked Chicken Tenders?

Yes, you can, and you can choose any type of chicken tenders to reheat.

Also note, that in different parts of the world, they call them different things. For example, chicken tenders are also known as chicken goujons, chicken strips, chicken fingers and let’s not forget about chicken dippers.

Therefore, if you have a different name (other than chicken tenders) and want to know if you can reheat them, then it’s a big fat YES.

Can You Reheat Frozen Chicken Tenders?

Yes you can and its one of those great uses from your leftovers. Or you can make your own chicken tenders, freeze them and then reheat from frozen.

Making your chicken tenders a delicious make ahead option.

Can You Reheat Chicken Tenders In Air Fryer?

Yes, and the air fryer is what we recommend as the best way to reheat chicken tenders.

I often get asked how do you reheat chicken tenders without drying them out, well the answer every single time is the air fryer.

You see the air fryer allows you to cook at a lower temperature to stop food from drying out, but you can also crisp food at the same time. So, you are achieving the best of both worlds.

How To Reheat Chicken Strips In Air Fryer?

If you are looking for how to reheat chicken strips in air fryer, then note that they are one of the same.

Here in the UK we call them reheating chicken strips, yet in the US we would say reheating chicken tenders.

Best Way To Reheat Chicken Tenders In Air Fryer?

If you want to air fry leftover chicken tenders (the same applies to any other takeaway chicken) then the best way is in the air fryer, with some extra virgin olive oil spray.

The olive oil stops the chicken from drying out. The air fryer makes the chicken crispy again and best of all the air fryer reheats the chicken fast. 

Reheating Chicken Tenders In Air Fryer Ninja

If you have a Ninja Foodi, then we recommend reheating the tenders the exact same way, just by using the air fryer lid, air fryer basket and the air fryer button.

If you’re like me and own a dual air fryer or a flex drawer air fryer, then you can do them the same. Just spread them out over two drawers if you have a big portion and use the air fryer button.

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Reheat Chicken Tenders Ingredients

Reheat Chicken Tenders Ingredients

Chicken – You can reheat just one chicken tender or 10 in the air fryer. Just as long as your air fryer is not overloaded, as then the chicken wont crisp up. Just think of it as a single layer in your air fryer.

Oil – We also recommend some extra virgin olive oil spray for the tops of your tenders as this can help really crisp them up.

Dips – Then for dips, we had some leftover from Slim Chicken and used those for our chicken tenders, but you can of course use any you like.

Let’s talk brands of chicken tenders/strips. They are all very similar in size, they just all have their unique taste to them. This means they all carry the same time and temp and instruction for reheating. So, if you want to reheat popeyes chicken tenders in air fryer, ore reheat KFC tenders, then you can!

Can You Recommend An Air Fryer?

I often get asked which air fryers I recommend and which one I use. In 95% of our air fryer recipes, we use either the Philips Air Fryer XL or the Cosori XL because they are the best ones, we have found out of many air fryers we have tried over the years. You can click on the links above and read up on them.

But if you would rather have a dual air fryer we recommend this Ninja Dual (make sure you order the right one as not all are good) or the Philips Dual.

How To Reheat Chicken Tenders In Air Fryer?

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  • Layer. Create a single layer of leftover chicken tenders, or as you might call them chicken strips in your air fryer basket.
  • Spray. We recommend spraying the tops of the chicken with olive oil. Not everyone does this, but it does make them so much crispier.
  • Cook. Next set the temperature to 200c/400f and air fry for 4 minutes or until crispy to your liking.

Reheating Chicken Tenders & Fries

You can also combine your chicken tenders with fries and reheat them together. I like to place my fries on one side of the air fryer basket and then the fries on the other.

It then helps reheat both the chicken tenders and fries without one ending up soggy or dry.

How Long To Reheat Chicken Tenders In Air Fryer?

We found that 4 minutes was the ideal cooking time for chicken tenders. This is because they are small, they are in a single layer in the air fryer, and they are already cooked so you are just making them nice and crispy again.

What Temperature To Reheat Chicken Tenders In Air Fryer?

For warming up chicken tenders in air fryer and for making them nice and crispy, we recommend a temperature of 200c/400f. This will not only heat up your chicken strips, but it will also make them lovely and crispy again.

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Reheat Chicken Tenders In Air Fryer

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Reheat Chicken Tenders In Air Fryer

How to reheat chicken tenders in air fryer. Last night we went out to Slim Chicken and brought some leftover chicken tenders home with us, and today we are showing how crispy they go when reheated in the air fryer.
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 2
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Ingredients 

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Instructions 

  • To warm up chicken tenders in air fryer place leftover chicken strips on a single layer in the air fryer basket.
    How Long To Reheat Chicken Tenders In Air Fryer?
  • Then spray the tops of chicken with olive oil spray.
    How Long To Reheat Chicken Tenders In Air Fryer?
  • Reheat the chicken tenders in the air fryer at 200c/400f for 4 minutes and then do an internal temperature to make sure they have reached above 70c/160f.
    How Long To Reheat Chicken Tenders In Air Fryer?
  • Then serve the warmed up chicken tenders with your favourite dips.
    How Long To Reheat Chicken Tenders In Air Fryer?

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Notes

Spray. We recommend that you use extra virgin olive oil spray on top of your breaded chicken for extra crisp. Avoid Frylight and Pam Spray as it damages the air fryer.
Thanks for reading all about reheating chicken tenders in air fryer on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you love comfort food in the air fryer, do try our air fryer cheesy chips.

Nutrition

Serving: 100g | Calories: 239kcal
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Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes.

Beyond the air fryer we also love the instant pot, slow cooker, soup maker, ninja foodi, pie marker and several other kitchen gadgets.

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    1. Hi Ryan,

      Please forgive the time it has taken to answer your complaint. Please can you take a look at point number 2 in the recipe card which clearly states the time and temp in both F/C for everyone to follow ????????

  1. 5 stars
    Mine were done perfectly even in an old air fryer, your timings just seem to be right, i think you use your machine everyday to cover everything that you do and your info is brilliant.

  2. 5 stars
    I am loving your blog, so much useful info like the time and temps on these is perfect, not over cooked just right thanks.