Airfryer Tandoori Chicken Recipe (Step-by-step Recipe)

by Rachna

Tandoori chicken is a universally loved grilled chicken dish from Indian cuisine. It is a popular dish in restaurants though I often dislike the bright food colour and the overdose of spices and oil that they use. This homemade recipe is spicy and delightfully moist.

It is also such an easy dish to make. The trick is in getting the marinade right. And you can modify it  to your taste. I have shared a few tips which will help get you a flavourful and healthy airfryer tandoori chicken.

Ingredients:

1.5 lb. or 750 gm. chicken

Marinade ingredients

½ cup thick yogurt or curd

2 tbsp. ginger garlic paste

2 tsp. Kashmiri red chilli powder or paprika

1 tbsp. kasuri methi or dried fenugreek

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. pepper powder

1 tbsp. tandoori chicken powder or garam masala

2 tsp. roasted gram flour

1 tbsp. oil

Salt to taste

Basting

1 tbsp. oil

Garnish

Lemon wedges

Onion rings

Chaat masala

Recipe:

Take similar pieces of chicken when making tandoori chicken. Eg. You can take chicken thighs, drumsticks or breast pieces with bone. Make slashes and keep aside.

airfryer tandoori chicken

Now take all the ingredients for marinade and mix together to form a thick marinade. It is important that the marinade be thick or else it will not stick well to your chicken pieces.

Now generously apply the marinade all over your chicken pieces and in the slashes.

airfryer tandoori chicken

Marinade for at least 2 hours. It is tastier if marinated overnight in the fridge.

To Airfry chicken

Preheat airfryer to 360 F or 180 C for 6 minutes.

airfryer tandoori chicken

Baste or spray the chicken with oil and keep in the Airfryer basket. Cook for about 16-18 minutes depending upon how thick the pieces are. Turn midway and baste with oil again.

Once done your tandoori chicken will look nice and browned with a good char. It will be crispy outside and moist inside. Take care to cook it evenly.

Serve hot sprinkled with chaat masala (optional) for more tang and with lemon wedges and onion rings.

Pro Tips:

Always take similar sized pieces of chicken. If not, cook the thicker pieces first and halfway through put in the smaller pieces to cook. You don’t want the chicken to overcook and become stringy.

To make thick yoghurt, I hang curd in a cheese cloth for about half an hour to drain out the whey. We need thick yoghurt so that the marinade sticks well to the chicken.

You can do away with pepper powder if you need less heat in your chicken or add more depending upon how spicy you want your chicken to be.

Use paprika or Kashmiri chilli powder for low heat and a beautiful colour to the chicken.

Oil in the marinade and basting helps keep the chicken moist when cooking.

You can make the same recipe in the oven as well.

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Airfryer Tandoori Chicken Recipe

This is a step-by-step tandoori chicken recipe. It is a perfect party dish or snack, high protein and keto-friendly recipes. Lots of tips and tricks shared in the post.

Course Appetizer/Side Dish, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Airfryer Tandoori Chicken
recipe Airfryer tandoori chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marination time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 305 kcal
Author Rachna Parmar

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb. or 750 gm. chicken

Marinade ingredients

  • ½ cup thick yogurt or curd
  • 2 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tsp. Kashmiri red chilli powder or paprika
  • 1 tbsp. kasuri methi or dried fenugreek
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp. tandoori chicken powder or garam masala
  • 2 tsp. roasted gram flour
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • Salt to taste

Basting

  • 1 tbsp. oil

Garnish

  • Lemon wedges
  • Onion rings
  • Chaat masala

Instructions

  1. Take similar pieces of chicken when making tandoori chicken. Eg. You can take chicken thighs, drumsticks or breast pieces with bone. Make slashes and keep aside.
  2. Now take all the ingredients for marinade and mix together to form a thick marinade. It is important that the marinade be thick or else it will not stick well to your chicken pieces.
  3. Now generously apply the marinade all over your chicken pieces and in the slashes.
  4. Marinade for at least 2 hours. It is tastier if marinated overnight in the fridge.

To Airfry chicken

  1. Preheat airfryer to 360 F or 180 C for 6 minutes.
  2. Baste or spray the chicken with oil and keep in the Airfryer basket. Cook for about 16-18 minutes depending upon how thick the pieces are. Turn midway and baste with oil again.
  3. Once done your tandoori chicken will look nice and browned with a good char. It will be crispy outside and moist inside. Take care to cook it evenly.
  4. Serve hot sprinkled with chaat masala (optional) for more tang and with lemon wedges and onion rings.

Recipe Notes

  1. Always take similar sized pieces of chicken. If not, cook the thicker pieces first and halfway through put in the smaller pieces to cook. You don’t want the chicken to overcook and become stringy.
  2. To make thick yoghurt, I hang curd in a cheese cloth for about half an hour to drain out the whey. We need thick yoghurt so that the marinade sticks well to the chicken.
  3. You can do away with pepper powder if you need less heat in your chicken or add more depending upon how spicy you want your chicken to be.
  4. Use paprika or Kashmiri chilli powder for low heat and a beautiful colour to the chicken.
  5. Oil in the marinade and basting helps keep the chicken moist when cooking.
  6. You can make the same recipe in the oven as well.
Nutrition Facts
Airfryer Tandoori Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 305 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 93mg4%
Potassium 314mg9%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 1330IU27%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Your delicious healthy Airfryer chicken tandoori is ready to eat. Have it as a side or a starter. It is super tasty and a complete crowd pleaser at parties. This is high protein and low carb, perfect for weight watchers.

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