Air Fryer Cilantro Lime Chicken Tenders

This cilantro lime chicken is the perfect mix of smoky and spicy.

An easy quick marinade for juicy chicken tenderloins, a little smokey and spiced with chili, cumin, garlic… but fresh and zesty from the lime and cilantro. Can’t go wrong. But if you hate cilantro, use fresh parsley!



  • 2.5 lbs chicken tenderloins (1104 g)
  • ¼ cup lime juice (60 g)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (15 g)
  • 1 Tbsp honey (15 g)
  • ¼ cup cilantro, minced (20 g)
  • 5 frozen cubes garlic (or fresh cloves, minced) 
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin 
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste


Trim your tenderloins of any obvious tendon or weird stuff, and place them in a large resealable bag.

Combine the rest of the ingredients to make the marinade.  Pour it over the chicken and marinate for 30 minutes to 2 hours. If it’s just 30, I like to leave them on the counter so they’re at room temp for cooking. If they marinate longer, pull them out of the fridge 20-30 minutes before cooking.

Pre-heat air fryer to 400° for 2-3 minutes. Just before cooking, sprinkle chicken with a good pinch of kosher salt and a few cracks of pepper. Spray the air fryer basket with a mist of olive oil and place tenderloins in a single layer. Cook for 10 minutes or to an internal temp of 165°. You can also grill at medium high heat for just 2-3 minutes per side.

Use in tacos, salads, wraps, sandwiches, and bowls ALL WEEK!


  • If you want to use breasts, lower temp to 360° and cook for 18 minutes, FLIPPING halfway through. Remove, tent with foil, and let them rest for five minutes before cutting.
  • If you end up with 2 or 3 pounds of chicken, use it! Your macros for 104 grams will be essentially the same. The tiny variance in the marinade is negligible.
  • MFP: Lillie Eats and Tells Air Fryer Cilantro Lime Chicken Tenders


Keywords: chicken, air fryer, marinade, cilantro, lime