Make Perfect Chicken Tikka in an Air Fryer Today! 🍗

Hello, my name is Momona, and I’m here to share a recipe that sounds both exciting and delicious. Come along with me as I show you how to make the best Chicken Tikka in an air fryer. Feel free to make this quick and easy recipe right away. It tastes great and is very easy to do. Let’s get started making a dish that everyone will love!

Recipe: Chicken Tikka in an Air Fryer

Trying out new flavors in my kitchen is like letting out my artistic energy. This Chicken Tikka recipe is very important to me, and I can’t wait to share it with you. The chicken, the spices, and the char from the air fryer all work together to make a medley of flavors that always impresses my family and friends.


  • Boneless Chicken Pieces (500g): Chicken should be cut into bite-sized chunks, ensuring even cooking.
  • Plain Yogurt (1/2 cup): Use unsweetened, plain yogurt. It serves as a marinade and helps tenderize the chicken.
  • Tikka Masala Spice Blend (1 tbsp): This spice blend typically includes cumin, coriander, paprika, turmeric, garam masala, and red chili powder. Adjust quantities according to personal taste.
  • Salt (1 tsp): Enhances the overall flavor of the dish.
  • Cumin Powder (1 tsp): Adds a warm, earthy flavor to the marinade.
  • Garlic Powder (1 tsp): Provides a savory, garlic flavor to the marinade.
  • Paprika (1 tbsp): Adds a mild, sweet, and smoky flavor. It also contributes to the vibrant color of the dish.
  • Lemon Juice (2 tablespoons): Adds a citrusy brightness to the marinade. It also helps tenderize the chicken.
  • Oil (2 tablespoons): Use a neutral cooking oil like vegetable or canola oil. It helps coat the chicken and aids in even cooking.
  • Garnishes:
  • Chopped Cilantro (Coriander) Leaves: Fresh cilantro adds a burst of freshness and a herbal note to the finished dish.
  • Lemon Wedges: Served as a garnish and for squeezing fresh lemon juice over the cooked chicken for added brightness.
  • Onion Rings: Raw or lightly pickled onion rings can add a crisp texture and a slightly pungent flavor as a garnish.
  • Sliced Cucumber: Fresh cucumber slices provide a cool and refreshing contrast to the warm and flavorful chicken.

Additional Tips:

  • Marination:Allow the chicken to marinate in the yogurt and spice mixture for at least a few hours or overnight for the best flavor absorption.

Cooking Method:

  • This marinated chicken can be grilled, baked, or cooked on a stovetop. The choice of cooking method will influence the final texture and flavor.


  •  Serve the cooked chicken with the garnishes for a complete and visually appealing dish. It pairs well with rice, naan, or other flatbreads.


1. Marinate the Chicken:

Chicken Tikka in an Air Fryer

In a bowl, combine yogurt, tikka masala spice blend, salt, cumin powder, garlic powder, paprika, lemon juice, and oil.

Add the chicken pieces to the marinade, ensuring they are well-coated. Cover the bowl and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours, or overnight for best results.

2. Preheat the Fryer

Chicken Tikka in an Air Fryer

Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C).

3. Arrange the Chicken

Chicken Tikka in an Air Fryer

Remove the marinated chicken from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature.

Arrange the marinated chicken pieces in a single layer in the air fryer basket.

4. Cook in the Air Fryer:

Chicken Tikka in an Air Fryer

Cook the chicken in the preheated air fryer for about 15-20 minutes, turning the pieces halfway through, until the chicken is cooked through and has a nice char on the outside.

5. Garnish and Serve

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Once cooked, remove the chicken tikka from the air fryer.

Garnish with chopped cilantro, lemon wedges, onion rings, and sliced cucumber.

6. Serve:

Serve the chicken tikka hot as a delicious appetizer or with naan or rice as a main course.

Make Perfect Chicken Tikka in an Air Fryer Today! 🍗

Recipe by Memona Adnan


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It looks like you’ve provided a list of ingredients for a chicken dish. It seems like you’re planning to make a flavorful and delicious chicken curry or a similar Indian-style chicken dish. Here’s a general outline of how you can use these ingredients to prepare the dish:


  • 500g boneless chicken, cut into pieces

  • 2 tbsp fried onions

  • 2 tbsp tomatoes puree

  • 2 tbsp ginger & garlic paste

  • 2 tbsp yogurt

  • 1/2 cup oil or ghee (clarified butter)

  • Half tbsp Salt

  • 1 tbsp coriander powder

  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1/2 tbsp red chilli powder

  • 1 tsp cumin powder

  • 1 tsp garam masala

  • 1 tbsp butter

  • Fresh ginger, julienned, for garnishing

  • Fresh green chilies, sliced, for garnishing

  • Fresh cilantro (coriander leaves), chopped, for garnishing!!


  • Start by marinating the chicken:
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the boneless chicken pieces, ginger & garlic paste, yogurt, and a pinch of salt. Mix well to ensure the chicken pieces are evenly coated. Allow it to marinate for at least 30 minutes, but longer if possible for better flavor.
  • Heat the oil or ghee in a heavy-bottomed pan or skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the marinated chicken pieces to the hot oil and fry until they turn golden brown. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside.
  • In the same pan, add the fried onions and sauté until they turn translucent and slightly golden.
  • Add the tomato puree to the onions and cook for a few minutes until the oil starts to separate from the mixture.
  • Add the remaining dry spices: coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder, and garam masala. Stir well and cook for a couple of minutes to roast the spices.
  • Return the fried chicken pieces to the pan and mix them with the spice mixture, ensuring they are well-coated.
  • Add about 1/2 to 1 cup of water to the pan to create a sauce. Adjust the amount of water to achieve your desired consistency.
  • Cover the pan and simmer the chicken curry for about 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
  • Finally, add the butter to the curry and stir until it melts and incorporates into the sauce, giving it a rich and creamy finish.
  • Taste and adjust the salt and spice levels as needed.
  • Garnish the chicken curry with julienned fresh ginger, sliced green chilies, and chopped cilantro.
  • Serve your delicious homemade chicken dish with steamed rice or naan bread. Enjoy!

Recipe Video


Creating this Chicken Tikka in an Air Fryer is not just about cooking; it’s about crafting an experience. The fusion of flavors and the simplicity of the process make it a go-to recipe for any occasion. I hope this becomes a staple in your kitchen as it has in mine.

For a video demonstration of this recipe, visit my YouTube channel: Continental Food

FAQs: k About Chicken Tikka in an Air Fryer

Can I use chicken thighs instead of breast?

Absolutely! Thighs are a great alternative. Adjust the cooking time for the juiciest results.

Can I marinate the chicken for more than 2 hours?

Yes, indeed! The longer, the better. Overnight marination allows the flavors to meld, resulting in a richer taste experience.

Can I use a different spice blend?

Certainly! Feel free to get creative with your spice selection. Experiment with your favorite spices to tailor the flavor to your liking.

Can I cook this in a traditional oven?

Absolutely. Preheat your oven to 400°F and bake for around 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through with a nice char.

How do I know if the chicken is cooked through?

Ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.

Can I freeze the marinated chicken?

Yes, you can freeze the marinated chicken for later use. Make sure to thaw it thoroughly before cooking.

Is Greek yogurt a good substitute for plain yogurt?

Certainly! Greek yogurt adds a creamy and tangy dimension to the marinade, enhancing the overall texture.

Can I make this dish spicy?

Absolutely. Adjust the amount of red chili powder according to your spice preference. Add a bit at a time and taste as you go.

What sides pair well with Chicken Tikka?

Chicken Tikka pairs excellently with naan, rice, or a crisp fresh salad. The contrast in textures and flavors is delightful.

How can I make this dish kid-friendly?

To make it more kid-friendly, consider reducing the spice levels. Serve with a mild yogurt-based dip to balance the flavors for younger palates.

These FAQs provide additional insights into customizing and preparing Chicken Tikka in an Air Fryer, ensuring a successful and enjoyable cooking experience. If you have more questions or need further clarification, feel free to ask!

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