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Air Fryer Chicken Tandoori Recipe

If you want to make juicy and tender tandoori chicken at home without a tandoor, you need to try out this air fryer method because the results are impressive. In this recipe post, I will show you how to prepare and marinate tandoori chicken which has been tested in the air fryer.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 395 kcal



  • 600 g chicken thighs fillet
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground fenugreek
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp natural yogurt
  • 2 tbsp mustard oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp brown sugar


  • To prepare the tandoori masala (spice mix blend), you will need to mix together: garam masala, ground coriander, ground cumin, kashmiri red chili powder, ground fenugreek, ground turmeric, and ground paprika.
  • To your mixing bowl add the chicken, tandoori masala, natural yogurt, mustard oil, lemon juice, and brown sugar.
  • Stir to combine and cover. Allow it to marinate and keep it in the fridge for 4 to 8 hours, or overnight.
  • Pre-heat the air fryer for 5 minutes on 180°C / 350°F.
  • Add the marinated chicken to the air fryer basket and cook for 20 minutes on 180°C / 350°F. Ensure you flip the chicken half way through and re-apply any leftover marinade on the chicken.
  • Serve with salad or naan breads.


  • You can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days, or freeze up to 3 months.
  • Ensure chicken is piping hot when reheated.
  • Best served with red onion, lettuce, lemon, tomato, mint sauce and flat breads.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 395kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 36gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 605mgPotassium: 124mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3g
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