1 ¾poundschicken tendersthawed - about 12 (or chicken breast cut into tenders)
½cupFlamin’ Hot Cheetos crumbs
½cupgrated parmesan cheese
Optional – buttermilk ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping
Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F. Prepare a pan or surface with parchment paper.
In a shallow dish, mix together Cheeto crumbs and parmesan, add flour to a second shallow dish or bowl, and beaten eggs to a third.
Dip each tender into the flour, until coated, then into egg, until coated, then into Cheeto mixture pressing down firmly on both sides to make sure breading really sticks. Place each tender onto prepared surface until ready to cook.
Coat each tender in cooking spray, front and back, more for a crispier and browned breading.
Lay each coated tender into air fryer basket, not overlapping. You will need to do multiple batches.
Cook for 13-14 minutes, flipping each tender halfway through.
Remove from basket and allow to cool slightly before serving.
Recipe makes 12 tenders.
These are not very spicy despite the breading. To add a little spice, consider using less parmesan and more Flamin’ Hot crumbs for the breading. Or add some cayenne (½ teaspoon) to the flour. Or consider adding some hot sauce of your choice to the beaten egg.