Uniform Slicing is Important
To ensure even cooking, make sure you slice the chicken breast into uniform strips. A thickness of around 1/4 inch works best, but you can adjust it based on your preference.
Breadcrumbs and Cooking Spray are Key
The panko breadcrumbs give the chicken a nice crunch. To get the best results, make sure to coat the chicken strips thoroughly with the breadcrumb mixture. Lightly spraying the air fryer basket with cooking spray helps prevent sticking and ensures a crispy texture.
Don’t Crowd the Basket
For the chicken to cook properly, make sure the strips are not overcrowded in the air fryer basket. Overcrowding can result in uneven cooking and can cause the chicken to come out soggy. Consider cooking the strips in batches if necessary.
Adjust the Heat and Time
Air fryers can vary in temperature and intensity, so make sure to keep a close eye on the chicken after the 10-minute mark. Adjust the time or temperature slightly if necessary to achieve your desired level of crispy or spicy.
Serve with Dipping Sauce
The buffalo chicken jerky sticks pair well with a variety of dipping sauces, like ranch or blue cheese dressing. Serve them hot and enjoy their crispy texture and bold flavor.
These Jerky sticks can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container. However, keep in mind that the texture may change a bit, as they won’t be as crispy as they are when fresh.