This Recipe includes
- Chicken – chicken tikka is typically made with small pieces of fresh boneless chicken. If using frozen chicken, let it defrost naturally for 1 hour beforehand.
- Plain – regular yogurt, low-fat yogurt, or even greek yogurt will do as long as it is plain. You can also use heavy cream, if you wish.
- Garlic – garlic powder is the easiest to use to rub into the chicken, but you could use crushed garlic as well.
- Red chilli powder – for that lovely red color
- Dried coriander – can use fresh coriander or parsley as well.
- Turmeric – traditional ingredient for flavor
- Ground cumin – for a bit of heat
- Garam masala – for more heat (“garam” means warm, and “masala” means spice)
- Ground ginger – for flavor
- (Optional) Cayenne pepper – “tikka” means spicy, so add based on personal preference
Why we love it
Chicken tikka is one of the most popular Indian dishes around. The traditional recipe involves marinated chicken grilled over charcoal in a tandoor, which sounds easy enough until you realise that most people don’t usually have tandoors lying around.
If you have an air fryer though, you can replicate the same great taste of a charcoal tandoor with this delicious chicken tikka recipe that is sure to be a hit.
You can use chicken thighs or boneless chicken, although typically chicken tikka is small pieces of boneless chicken. The trick is to marinate the chicken for at least 20 minutes, and then place them in the air fryer.
Be sure to not over crowd the air fryer basket however, as the chicken will not crisp up as well. I recommend cooking in batches and shaking the basket occasionally so that the chicken gets evenly cooked.
Frequently asked questions
1. What to serve with it?
Chicken tikka is traditionally served as an appetizer with a raita (cucumber and yogurt dish) as it can be a bit spicy. But you can also serve it as a main dish along side some plain rice. (I usually turn on my rice cooker.)
But you can also serve it with naan or even with mashed potatoes, for something different.
2. Can you prepare it in advance?
Yes, you can prepare this air fryer chicken tikka in advance and leave it in the fridge. When ready to eat, just put them back in the air fryer at 380°F (190°C) for 5-7 minutes to make them crispy again.
If you like this recipe
- 3-4 large pieces of boneless chicken (unfrozen)*
- 1 cup of regular or greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 4 teaspoons of red chili powder
- 2 teaspoons of garam masala
- 1 teaspoon of dried coriander
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
- (Optional) 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- pinch of salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lemon (to cut into quarters and serve along side)
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the yogurt and spices together.
- Chop the chicken pieces into small pieces.
- Add the chicken into the bowl and cover each one generously with the yogurt-spice mixture.
- Place in the fridge for an hour to allow it to marinate.
- Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 375°F (190°C).
- Place the chicken on air fryer basket for 20 minutes, flipping the chicken every 5 minutes or so. (Don't overcrowd the basket, make in batches as necessary).
- Open the air fryer to see if they are crispy enough for you, and heat them for a couple more minutes if you wish.
- Serve while warm.
*If using frozen chicken, let it defrost naturally for at least 1 hour beforehand.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 129mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 23g
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