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Airfryer Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Truffle Oil, gluten-free

These Airfryer Parmesan Chicken Tenders are crispy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside with a hint of truffle and tons of flavour. They cook up in just a few minutes in the air-fryer, they're gluten-free and a healthy alternative to fried chicken. They're kid-approved for the lunch box, a great dinner option, and a delicious way to elevate finger food as an appetiser at your next dinner party. Let's Begin!

Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Truffle Oil
Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Truffle Oil

What are Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Truffle Oil?

Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Truffle Oil are strips of chicken tenderloins, marinated in a truffle-infused parmesan cheese mixture. Then they're topped with parmesan cheese before being cooked in an air fryer or baked in the oven. Once cooked, more truffle oil is lightly drizzled over the top and served. They're a gluten-free, healthy, and tasty alternative to the traditional crumbed or deep-fried chicken.

Watch How to Make It

Helpful Tips

Pat dry the chicken tenderloins

This removes any moisture, allows the chicken to marinate better, and allows it to crisp in the air fryer or oven.

Do not overcook the chicken tenderloins

Overcooking will dry out the tenderloins and leave you with a dry-tasting chicken.


Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

If cooking large quantities for meal prepping, allow the tenderloins to completely cool, then line them on a baking sheet and freeze them to keep them from sticking together. Once frozen, add to a freezer-safe bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Truffle Oil
Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Truffle Oil

Ways to serve these Airfryer Parmesan Chicken Tenderloins
  • Add them to gluten-free lunch boxes alongside vegetable sticks, rice, salad, or in a wrap.

  • They're a wonderful gluten-free dinner option served with any salad (in the recipe below I have suggested a parmesan and walnut salad), or in tortilla wraps with salsa and avocado. They pair well with rice, quinoa, or even steamed vegetables.

  • Elevate your finger food at the next dinner party by serving them with cheat's aioli dip or basil pesto.

Storing and Meal Prep

It's great to make a double batch of these Airfryer Parmesan Chicken Tenders.

  • Add any leftovers to an air-tight container and keep it refrigerated for up to 3 days, OR

  • Place a couple of tenderloins into a lunch container along with salad, rice, vegetables or quinoa for a great meal prep lunch.

Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Truffle Oil
Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Truffle Oil

What else can you serve this with as a main meal?

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Greek Salad with Radicchio and Peaches

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Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Truffle Oil
Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Truffle Oil

Airfryer Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Truffle Oil

Serves 4

Prep 30 minutes

Cooking 10 minutes



8 pieces Chicken Tenders ( I have used The Bare Bird Tenderloins as they are antibiotic-free and free-range)

2 tablespoons extra finely grated parmesan cheese (plus extra as topping)

2 tablespoons truffle-infused oil

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon sea salt and pepper combined

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika

Parmesan and Walnut Salad:

150g baby rocket and baby spinach

1 avocado, diced

1 small red onion, sliced

½ cup walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon runny honey

handful of parmesan cheese shavings

Sea salt and pepper



1. Prepare and marinate the chicken: Combine in a wide base bowl the truffle oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, oregano, garlic, onion, sweet paprika, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Pat dry the chicken tenderloins and place them into the marinade, making sure all sides are coated well. In the meantime, bring together the salad (instructions below).

2. Cook the chicken: Place the tenderloins into the air fryer and top each with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Cook for 10 minutes at 200°C. Once cooked, lightly drizzle over a little more truffle-infused olive oil for added flavour.

*Alternately, to bake in the oven, lightly spray with olive oil, top with parmesan cheese, and cook in a preheated oven for 18 minutes at 200C fan forced.


1. Create the dressing: Whisk to combine the extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and honey. Season to taste.

2. Bring salad together: Combine the rocket, spinach, and onion in a serving bowl and top with the avocado, walnuts and parmesan cheese. Drizzle dressing over the salad and serve.

Optional to serve with my Cheat's Aioli Dressing or Dairy-Free Basil Pesto

Parmesan Chicken Tenderloins gluten-free
Parmesan Chicken Tenderloins gluten-free

Photography and Recipe by Margaret Pahos for @CreateCookShare

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