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This delicious Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe is easily whipped up in the air fryer and perfect for busy weeknights! Succulent chicken tenders in a zesty coating – simply delicious!

A Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe that’s on the table in 20 mins? Yes please! This easy chicken dish was made for the air fryer, serving up tender chicken pieces in the most lip smacking lemon coating, serve up with your favorite sides for a protein packed meal.

Top down view of lemon pepper chicken on a plate.
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Looking for other, delicious chicken recipes? Why not also try my Asparagus Stuffed Chicken and my Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders! Or if you want another air fryer recipe, try my Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs.

Why you’ll love this Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe

  • Perfectly seasoned chicken. Coated with lemon, pepper, garlic and paprika, these chicken tenders are packed with flavor.
  • Air fryer chicken. Less grease, melt in the mouth, with a crispy tinged exterior – so good!
  • An easy chicken recipe. Only a handful of pantry staples needed, this is on the table in 20 mins!

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Chicken Tenders
  • Lemon Juice
  • Seasoning: paprika, oregano, slat, pepper, garlic.
  • Olive Oil
Top down view of ingredients for air fryer lemon pepper chicken recipe.

How to make this Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe

  • Marinate the chicken – Mix your marinade ingredients in a bowl and marinate your chicken.
  • Air fry – Line the tenders the air fryer and cook for 6-8 mins.
  • Allow to rest, serve and enjoy!

Recipe notes and tips

  • Be sure to use a pre heated air fryer.
  • You’ll want to trim any film off the tenders.
  • Depending on the size of your air fryer, you made need to do multiple batches and make sure your tenders don’t overlap.
  • Use an instant read thermometer for accurate cooking. Internal temperature should be 165 degrees.
  • Garnish with some fresh parsley or cilantro.

FAQ’s

Is air frying healthier than traditional frying?

Air frying is healthier than traditional methods of frying because only a thin layer of oil coats the food and when the hot air comes in contact it will cook, crisping up. This saves you fat and calories because food is not being submerged in a vat of hot oil. The best part? All that flavor is retained!

What to serve with this Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe

This easy chicken recipe goes well with all kinds of sides, you can go light with a side salad or amp it up with noodles or potatoes. Here’s some ideas:

Which cut of chicken is best?

For this Lemon Chicken Pepper recipe I used chicken tenderloins, they’re quick and easy. However you can use any cut of chicken you like but you will have to adjust the cook time according to the cut. To check doneness use a meat thermometer and insert it into the thickest part of the chicken, it needs to read at 165F.

Top down shot of lemon pepper chicken on a plate with lemon wedges.
Can I use lemon pepper seasoning instead of the seasoning used?

Yes you can replace these seasonings with Lemon Pepper seasoning if you like, but still use the fresh lemon juice and olive oil.

What is lemon pepper seasoning made of?

Lemon pepper seasoning is made from a combination of dried lemon zest, black pepper, and salt.

What is the best best for this recipe?

I use chicken tenderloin, but you can use chicken thighs or breasts. Please note that the cook time will differ for different cuts of chicken.

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4.91 from 54 votes

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe

This finger licking Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe is easily whipped up in the air fryer and perfect for busy weeknights!
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 lbs. chicken tenders, film skin and tender muscle removed
  • 3/4 tsp. black pepper, fresh ground, more or less
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp. oregano, dry
  • 3/4 tsp. salt, more if need
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

Instructions 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 390 F.
  • Clean and trim the chicken tenders. Place in a bowl and marinate with the remainder of the ingredients.
  • Line the tenders in the preheated air fryer without overlapping them. You will need to do them in 2-3 batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • Cook the tenders in the air fryer for 6-8 minutes. (cooking time depends on their size). Use an instant read thermometer for accurate cooking. Internal temperature should be 165 degrees.
  • When cooked, wrap with aluminum foil and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with some fresh chopped parsley and serve.

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Notes

  • Be sure to use a pre heated air fryer.
  • You’ll want to trim any film off the tenders.
  • Depending on the size of your air fryer, you made need to do multiple batches and make sure your tenders don’t overlap.
  • Use an instant read thermometer for accurate cooking. Internal temperature should be 165 degrees.
  • Garnish with some fresh parsley or cilantro.

Nutrition

Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 312mg | Potassium: 460mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 348IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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22 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Very easy & full of flavor. My picky teen even loved it. I used full chicken breast & it did require more cooking time, so make sure you check the internal temp.