Copycat: KFC Nashville Hot Chicken Tenders

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Chelsey Velasquez

8 Ratings
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These chicken tenders are coated in Panko and popped into our 5 Quart Digital Air Fryer until crunchy and deeply golden brown. Nashville hot chicken is covered in spices and hot sauce before it's air fried and then covered in additional hot sauce. This Nashville hot chicken recipe gets its heat from hot pepper sauce, cayenne pepper, paprika and chili powder. These chicken tenders are addictive, but get ready to sweat!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp hot sauce
  • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ garlic powder
  • ½ onion powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • ½ cup peanut oil
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 ½ Tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Create a dredging station by whisking milk and hot sauce in one bowl. In a separate bowl, mix panko bread crumbs, paprika, Italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
  2. Season tenders with a little salt and pepper. Start by coating chicken tenders with milk mixture and drain off excess milk, then coat chicken in panko bread crumbs mixture, ensuring all of the chicken is coated.
  3. Place chicken in greased air fryer basket or use a parchment sheet liner. Cook on 370 degrees for 16 minutes, flipping and spraying chicken halfway through cooking, until chicken is fully cooked and has reached a temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Meanwhile, when there are about 5 minutes left on the chicken, create the hot paste.
  5. Combine the brown sugar, cayenne pepper, paprika, dry mustard, garlic powder, and salt to a large bowl.
  6. Warm up your peanut oil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Once your oil starts to bubble and simmer, pour it over your spice mixture and whisk to combine.
  7. Once chicken tenders are done, remove from air fryer and add them to the hot paste and toss, making sure the hot paste covers all of the chicken. Serve with pickle slices and enjoy!