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chicken tikka air fryer

The Best Chicken Tikka Recipe

This is a robust and tasty chicken tikka recipe. Chicken breast is marinated in Indian spices and then grilled in oven or Air fryer for a delectable treat.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian, North Indian, North Indian | Uttar Pradesh | Punjabi
Keyword chicken tikka, chicken tikka Air fryer
recipe chicken tikka Air fryer
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 130kcal
Author Rachna Parmar



  • 1 lb. Chicken breast boneless or 500 gm.
  • 1 tbsp. ginger and garlic paste
  • 3 big tbsp. thick yogurt
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 tbsp. Tandoori chicken masala
  • 1 tsp. paprika or Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. oil/butter and some more for basting
  • 1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper skip if you prefer less spice
  • 1 tsp. kasuri methi powder
  • slices Some chaat masala lemonand onionsfor garnish
  • Salt


  • The key in making good chicken tikka is in its marination.
  • Take all the ingredients of the marinade and mix to form a thick paste.
  • Evenly coat chicken pieces with this marinade and keep for 4-8 hours or even better overnight for the flavours to get absorbed.

For Air Fryer

  • Now pre heat your airfryer at 160 C or 320 F for 6 minutes.
  • Take skewers and put the chicken tikka pieces in. Baste with some butter/oil and Air fry at 160 C or 320 F for about 8 minutes. Next raise the temperature to 200 C or 390 F and air fry for about 6 minutes to get a lovely charred look.

For Oven

  • Preheat oven at 240 C or 460 F for 10 minutes. Line a baking tray with foil and arrange a grill tray on it. Line your tikka on skewers and bake for about 25-30 minutes till it is well cooked. You can do the same in a conventional grill.
  • Serve hot with lemon slices, slices of onion and chaat masala. Enjoy


Always preheat your oven/air fryer
We cook first at low heat to cook the chicken from inside and yet keep it moist.
The high heat cooking is to give it a nice charcoal grill look.
When using air fryer, turn the skewers halfway through the cook so that both sides get cooked evenly.
Don't overcook or the chicken will become stringy and chewy.
You could also do this on stove top by cooking on a hot skillet. Heat a skillet. Pour some oil and put the tikkas. Cover with a lid and cook on medium heat till both sides are done.


Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 113mg | Potassium: 359mg | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 6.9mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.9mg