Making this crispy gluten free breaded chicken tenders recipe is quick and easy! It is a great meal the whole family will love. These chicken satay are cooked on sticks, making them perfect for dipping! Dinner is ready in under 30 minutes!

A white plate with several gluten free breaded chicken tenders on it.

My kids were pretty excited about this recipe. Anything served on a stick automatically tastes better and is more fun to eat. Maybe not in reality, but sticks have a big appeal with my kids!

If you have been looking for a fun new dinner recipe, chicken on a stick is a great way to make dinner fun! I made this gluten-free breaded chicken tenders recipe in my air fryer and included oven-baked directions!

We make a lot of chicken dinners here in the Fearless Dining household. If you love easy chicken dinners, check out my easy gluten free chicken recipes.

Allergen Information:

This homemade breaded chicken tenders recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, oat-free, and soy-free.

    Ingredient Notes:

    For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

    • Chicken – Although I used chicken breast tenders, you can cut boneless chicken thighs and use those, too.
    • Gluten Free Bread Crumbs – You can use gluten free panko or bread crumbs. It is also very easy to make your own gluten free bread crumbs!
    • Egg- Use size large.

    If you are trying to decide on what air fryer to get, I have a great list of the best air fryers for gluten free. I include a great pros and cons list for each model.

    How to make gluten free breaded chicken tenders:

    Photos of seasoning chicken tenders and dipping them in egg.

    Step 1: Season your chicken with salt and pepper on both sides to make these air-fried chicken skewers.

    Step 2: Whisk the egg in a bowl. Add a piece of chicken and coat in the egg mixture.

    Dipping the chicken in the bread crumb mixture.

    Step 3: Add the seasonings to the bread crumbs and whisk to mix. Dip a piece of chicken in the crumbs and press it into them to coat both sides.

    Step 4: Take a skewer and insert it into the chicken tender. These air-fried chicken skewers are fun to eat with these sticks.

    The chicken tenders on a rack ready to air fry.

    Step 5: Spray the air fryer rack with oil. Place the chicken skewers onto the rack. Spray the chicken tenders with oil. This helps make the chicken crispy.

    👀 Sandi Says: I recommend using a high heat-tolerant oil like avocado or canola.

    Chicken tenders cooking in the air fryer.

    Step 6: Place the drip pan at the bottom of the air fryer. Gently set the rack with the chicken on the middle row. Set the temperature to 370º F and cook for 16 minutes. You can measure the internal temperature of the chicken tenders. You want them to be 165º F.

    Dipping a chicken satay in peanut sauce.

    Try these yummy sauces for dipping!

    Dipping these gluten-free breaded chicken tenders is optional but so fun! Here are some dips to try:

    • Ketchup – This is pretty standard, but this is my kids’ favorite.
    • The curry dipping sauce in my baked french fries recipe is perfect for these chicken tenders.
    • Sky Valley makes the best gluten free peanut sauce. That is pictured above. It is available in most grocery stores or online.
    • Ranch dressing is another really great option!

    You can also use this recipe to make my Gluten Free Orange Chicken recipe!

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Can you make these chicken tenders without the skewers?

    You can easily make them without the skewers.

    How long will these breaded chicken tenders keep fresh?

    These chicken tenders will keep fresh for up to 4 days in an airtight container or up to 4 months in the freezer. Reheat in the oven to re-crisp them.

    How do you keep the breading on the chicken tenders?

    I dip the chicken tenders in egg and then the breading so the breading has something to stick to.

    How do you reheat chicken tenders?

    You can reheat your chicken tenders in several ways. You can reheat the chicken tenders in your air fryer. Place the chicken into the air fryer basket and reheat them at 350º F for 4-6 minutes. Cooking time will depend on the side of your chicken tenders.

    You can also reheat your chicken tenders in the oven at 350º F for 10 minutes. If you don’t care if they stay crispy, you can reheat the chicken tenders in the microwave oven for 45-60 seconds.

    The top view of a plate filled with chicken satay.

    You can also make these Baked Ranch Chicken Tenders with gluten free panko.

    More Gluten Free Chicken Recipes:

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    If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

    A white plate with several gluten free breaded chicken tenders on it.

    Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Tenders Skewers

    Sandi Gaertner
    These air fryer gluten free breaded chicken tenders are crispy and delicious!
    5 from 2 votes
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    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 16 minutes
    Total Time 26 minutes
    Course Meal Recipes
    Cuisine American
    Servings 6 skewars
    Calories 155 kcal


    • 1 pound chicken tenders
    • ½ cup gluten free bread crumbs
    • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
    • 1 large egg
    • 2 teaspoons avocado oil


    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    • ½ teaspoon paprika
    • ½ teaspoon dried parsley


    • Preheat the air fryer on 370º F for 5 minutes.
    • In a bowl, add the gluten free bread crumbs and parmesan. Mix well.
    • In another bowl, add the egg and scramble it.
    • Mix the seasonings together and mix well.
    • Lay the chicken on a plate and sprinkle both sides iwth the seasoning mix.
    • Dip each chicken tender into the egg, then immediately put in the bread crumb parmesan mixture. Turn and press to coat all sides of the chicken.
    • Place onto an oiled air fryer tray or basket.
    • Insert a skewer into each breaded chicken tender.
    • Repeat until all of the chicken is coated. Spray the chicken tenders with oil.
    • Air fry at 370º F for 15-17 minutes depending on the thickness of your chicken tenders.
    • You will know they are finished cooking when they are 165º F.


    1. You can use store-bought gluten free bread crumbs like Alexia or Ians or make your own gluten free bread crumbs.
    2. Dip the gluten free chicken skewers in ketchup, ranch, this curry dipping sauce, or try Sky Valley gluten free peanut sauce!
    3. These skewers will keep for up to 4 days in an airtight container or up to 4 months in the freezer.


    Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


    Serving: 1tenderCalories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 19gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 359mgPotassium: 303mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 178IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 1mg
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