Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders with just 4 ingredients, have the most amazing combination of smokey, sweet and spicy flavors! They are perfect for game day and party appetizers.
Who doesn't love chicken tenders, right? They are quick and easy, and the kids love them. But, if you are wanting to take them to a whole new level, this Air Fryer Chicken Tender recipe is it! YES, this one is even for all of us "low carbers" out there!
Juicy and tender bacon wrapped chicken tenders start with a sweet and spicy rub that's made with brown Swerve and dry BBQ spices. They are the wrapped with bacon and cooked right in the air fryer in under 15 minutes!
As the brown sweetener begins to heat, it creates just the right amount of stickiness that holds the bacon in place around the tenders. This amazing hint of sweetness perfectly balances out with the smoky spice from the homemade BBQ spice rub.
Honestly, these Air Fryer Chicken Tenders very well may be the best you will ever make!
This recipe for Bacon Wrapped Tenders makes the ultimate party appetizer for game day, or holiday get-togethers. Serve them just as they are or with your favorite dipping sauce like this sugar-free Homemade BBQ, Ranch Dressing or this Zesty Dipping Sauce.
They aren't just great as appetizers! Serve them with a low carb salad or your favorite Keto side dish and you have an easy and delicious weeknight meal. Because the tenders cook in the air fryer, they're the perfect way to get a quick meal on the table without heating up your whole kitchen.
What's in Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.
How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
Preheat your air fryer to 400°F for about 5 minutes, while you prepare the chicken tenders.
Pat your chicken tenders dry with a paper towel.
Take each chicken tender and rub the spice mix on all sides. You will have a little left when you're done, just set that aside for now.
Once all the chicken tenders have been coated, take a piece of bacon and wrap it around each piece. Be sure to leave a little extra bacon on each end, so you can tuck then in. Take the remaining spice rub mixture and lightly rub the outside of the bacon with it.
Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the bacon is crisp and the chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 165°F when checked with a meat thermometer.
Be sure to flip the chicken half way through cooking.
Baste with the chicken tender drippings! Serve and enjoy!
What Can I Serve with Bacon Wrapped Chicken?
If you're making these bacon-wrapped tenders in the summer or for a quick lunch, you possibly want a cold side dish that you could even make in advance. Here are some great cold low carb options to consider:
If you are wanting to serve these tenders as a hearty dinner or with a warm side dish, these are great recipes that will work perfectly with the flavors in the chicken tenders:
- Ranch Roasted Cauliflower Casserole
- Shredded Brussels Sprouts
- Grilled Broccolini
- Keto Broccoli Alredo
- Green Beans Almondine
Is Air Fryer Chicken Healthy?
Most of the time, chicken tenders are breaded and fried in some sort of vegetable oil. With cooking them in the air fryer, no oil is required, which makes them a much healthier option.
You won't miss out on the flavor from the oil either. The bacon that these tenders are wrapped in gives the chicken the most mouth-watering flavor, so much more flavorful that oil, and healthier too!
Can I Use Chicken Breasts Instead of Chicken Tenders?
While you certainly cut chicken breasts into tenderloin size slices, there are a couple of differences in using tenderloins verses sliced chicken breasts.
The biggest difference you'll notice between a chicken tenderloin and chicken breast is the tenderloins are much more tender.
Even though both come from the breast area of the chicken, tenders are right next to the ribs and are a less dense meat. Because tenderloins less dense, they cook faster than chicken breast.
Can I Make Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders in Advance?
Yes, you can! In fact, if you are wanting to make a good many of these for an upcoming party or get-together, just cook several batches and place them in an airtight container in the fridge.
You'll the bacon to have that original sweet glistening look before serving. The best way to do that is to stick them back in the air fryer for just a couple of minutes until the chicken and bacon is heated through.
More Keto Chicken Recipes
- Thai Red Curry Coconut Grilled Chicken
- Grilled Chicken with Rosemary Citrus Glaze
- Spinach Artichoke Chicken Casserole
- Creamy Chicken Tuscan Skillet
- Bacon Ranch Chicken Casserole
- Chicken Florentine Skillet
- Instant Pot Chicken Marsala
- Creamy Chicken Poblano Chicken
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Bacon Wrapped Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
- Preheat your air fryer to 400°F for about 5 minutes, while you prepare the chicken tenders.
- Pat your chicken tenders dry with a paper towel.
- Take each chicken tender and rub the spice mix on all sides. You will have a little left when you're done, just set that aside for now.
- Once all the chicken tenders have been coated, take a piece of bacon and wrap it around each piece. Be sure to leave a little extra bacon on each end, so you can tuck then in. Take the remaining spice rub mixture and lightly rub the outside of the bacon with it.
- Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the bacon is crisp and the chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 165°F when checked with a meat thermometer. Be sure to flip the chicken half way through cooking.
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*Nutritional data is provided as a courtesy and is accurate to the best of my knowledge. You can verify it using the nutrition calculator of your choice. All data is based on net carbs, without sugar alcohol- Swerve, Erythritol, Allulose, or Monk Fruit.