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Air Fryer Tandoori Chicken Recipe

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Making tandoori chicken in the air fryer is a total breeze. Serve it up with spicy chips, turmeric rice and Indian salad for an easy family meal everyone will love!

You can whip up our spicy chicken breast recipe in the air fryer in next to no time!

Succulent, juicy tandoori spiced chicken is super delicious, and cooked in the air fryer it’s healthy too!

We love to serve this up with turmeric rice or stir fry potatoes, spicy Indian salad, dips and some homemade yoghurt flatbreads. It’s great for a Sunday dinner in place of a roast!

air fryer tandoori chicken served with turmeric rice, lime wedges, spicy indian salad, mango chutney and indian mint sauce

Equipment Needed To Make Tandoori Chicken In The Air Fryer

  • Air fryer – we use a Tefal air fryer (Little update! We’ve gone bigger with the air fryer! We’ve swapped to a Ninja Foodi Max Dual Zone Air Fryer – the 9.5 litre two drawer cooking space is BRILLIANT when you’re cooking for a family. And it makes cooking meat, chicken or fish and potatoes at the same time super easy!
  • Tongs – for removing the tandoori chicken breast recipe from the air fryer without burning your hands – getting yourself a set of silicone tongs for air frying is a fantastic idea – you can flip the food easily and don’t damage the air fryer non-stick coating.
  • Bowl
  • Spoon 
  • Chopping board 
  • Food thermometer – I totally recommend getting yourself a food thermometer, especially for air frying, it really gives me peace of mind when cooking. I like to know that food is cooked to the right temperature.

Ingredients For Air Fryer Tandoori Chicken

You’ll only need three ingredients to make this simple spicy chicken breast recipe.

yogurt and tandoori paste in a mixing bowl
  • 4 tbsp natural yogurt

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  • 550g chicken breasts

How To Make Air Fryer Tandoori Chicken

It’s super easy to make this tasty Indian style chicken recipe – and it’s great for an easy weekend dinner

Step One – mix up the tandoori chicken marinade

  • Mix the natural yogurt and tandoori spice paste together in a mixing bowl.
tandoori marinade being mixed in a stainless steel bowl

Step Two – marinate the chicken breasts

  • Put the chicken breasts into the tandoori chicken marinade and coat on both sides.

Cooks Note! Leave the chicken to marinate for at least a couple of hours in the fridge – you can leave this overnight if you like.

Step Three – air fry the tandoori chicken recipe

  • Put the marinated chicken breasts into the air fryer basket. Spread them out in a single layer so they cook more quickly.
tandoori marinated chicken breasts in the air fryer basket about to cook
  • Then cook on 200C for around 18-20 minutes (depending on how thick the chicken is it may take a little longer to cook) – Just be sure to keep checking, and if it’s not quite ready, cook for longer and re-check.

Cooks Note – Chicken is cooked when no pink remains and the juices run clear. Use the food thermometer to check that the chicken breast is cooked to a minimum core temperature of 75C (and cooks at that temperature for several minutes)

cooked air fryer tandoori chicken in the air fryer basket

Step Four – slice the tandoori chicken breast

  • Once the chicken breast is cooked through properly, remove them from the air fryer and let them rest on a board for a couple of minutes before slicing and serving with your favourite side dishes!

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air fryer tandoori chicken served with turmeric rice, lime wedges, spicy indian salad, mango chutney and indian mint sauce

Meal Ideas With Air Fryer Tandoori Chicken Breast

The air fryer tandoori chicken is delicious served any of the following ways, or make up your own!

Tandoori Chicken Rice Bowl 

Serve the sliced spicy chicken breast with turmeric rice, spicy Indian salad, Indian mint sauce dip and mango chutney. You could also add a homemade yoghurt flatbread.

Tandoori Air Fryer Chicken With Spicy Fries

Add slices of juicy chicken to a bowl with spicy fries (you can cheat with these, air fry frozen chips and sprinkle with curry powder and salt) slide in some veggies, Indian dips and enjoy!

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Tandoori Chicken Wrap

Take a soft flour wrap, fill with fresh salad, Indian mint sauce, mango chutney and slices of tandoori chicken breast.

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air fryer tandoori chicken served with turmeric rice, lime wedges, spicy indian salad, mango chutney and indian mint sauce

Air Fryer Tandoori Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A delicious, quick and easy way to make tandoori style chicken in the air fryer.

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp natural yogurt
  • 70g tandoori spice paste
  • 550g chicken breasts

Instructions

  1. Mix the natural yogurt and tandoori spice paste together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Put the chicken breasts into the tandoori chicken marinade and coat on both sides.
  3. Put the marinated chicken breasts into the air fryer basket. Spread them out in a single layer so they cook more quickly.
  4. Then cook on 200C for around 18-20 minutes (depending on how thick the chicken is it may take a little longer to cook) – Just be sure to keep checking, and if it’s not quite ready, cook for longer and re-check.
  5. Once the chicken breast is cooked through properly, remove them from the air fryer and let them rest on a board for a couple of minutes before slicing and serving with your favourite side dishes!

Notes

Cooks Note – Chicken is cooked when no pink remains and the juices run clear. Use the food thermometer to check that the chicken breast is cooked to a minimum core temperature of 75C (and cooks at that temperature for several minutes)

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 236Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 112mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 43g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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