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Air Fryer Crispy Jalapeno Chicken Fingers


  • 12 chicken fingers about 1-1/4 pounds
  • buttermilk to cover
  • 2 cups crispy jalapenos (french fried jalapenos), crushed or more if needed
  • hot sauce (I like Frank's), to taste optional


  • Marinate the chicken fingers for at least an hour in the buttermilk, or up to overnight. Somtimes I like to add a few splashes of hot sauce to the buttermilk, but it's not neceesary.
  • Drain the buttermilk & thoroughly coat the chicken fingers in the crushed crispy jalapenos. Set aside on a plate for 10-15 minutes for the breading to 'set' on the chicken.
  • Place the chicken fingers in your air fryer. Cook it in batches at 400 degrees for about 6 minutes on each side.
  • Alternatively, you can bake this in the oven. Place on a foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 18-20 minutes, turning halfway through.