Up your breaded chicken game by coating your chicken in sesame seeds and cooking it in the air fryer.
Who doesn't love a good chicken tender?
It's one of the first foods we eat as kids. Hard to find a restaurant that isn't serving chicken tenders on the kid's menu. Kids just love them.
Admit it. You as an adult love them too.
Maybe you are feeling a little embarrassed or you think they are a kid's food.
Today I want to share with you a recipe that will be bring out the kid in you but at the same time make you feel like a sophisticated adult.
Here is what you will need on your shopping list to make this recipe
- Sesame seeds
- Kosher salt
- Cooking spray oil
- Honey + mustard for dipping (optional)
Generally you would use all purpose flour, but I actually think the finer cake flour makes for a crispier chicken. I actually couldn't find all purpose flour in the store, only cake flour and it worked well - I wrote this in May 2020, so I'm sure you can understand why!
For the sesame seeds I used a combo of black, brown, and white seeds. I would try to at least get two colors of sesame seeds just for the stunning visual.
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? Best Tip
To make this process easier I like to use leftover/already cooked chicken. That way I am not concerned about the chicken being cooked through, just the outside crust being done. The chicken I made was still plenty moist in the center.
It also helped that the leftover chicken I had was cooked via the sous vide method, see more on how to do that. My chicken was not overcooked to begin with.
If you want to cook from scratch completely, you will need to lower the temperature and cook it longer, you will find that info in the recipe notes below.
? How to Bread
Let me show you how I do the breading for the chicken.
It's a 3-part breading system - flour, eggs, and sesame seeds. Each ingredient goes into it's own container.
First the chicken is coated on both sides in the flour. Then it is coated in the egg.
Tip - use on hand for the flour and a different hand for the egg, so that you don't end up with your hands covered in breading.
Then place the chicken into the sesame seeds, coat both sides.
Yes, that's a lot of sesame seeds. It will give the chicken a nice crunch and be delicious.
?️ Air Fryer Instructions
Then it's time to air fry. I use a Power XL Air Fryer.
Don't crowd the chicken in the air fryer. Give them enough space so they don't touch each other.
Cook at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes until starting to brown. If you are using raw chicken then increase the time to 15 minutes and lower the temperature to 350 degrees.
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Sesame Encrusted Air Fryer Chicken
- 2 cooked chicken breasts cut into strips
- 2 eggs
- 6-8 tbsp sesame seeds (mix of black and white)
- ½-1 cup all-purpose or cake flour
- kosher salt to taste
- Cut your chicken into 2 inch wide strips
- Add flour, eggs, and sesame seeds to each of their own containers. Do not mix them together.
- One at a time, dredge the chicken into the flour first, then egg, and then finally the sesame seeds. Place on a plate while you finish the rest.
- Place the chicken in your air fryer. Spray with non-stick spray.
- Cook for 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees until flour underneath the seeds has browned and doesn't appear "floury"
- Lower the temperature to 350 degrees
- Increase the cook time to 15 minutes
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