Tandoori Chicken in Airfryer

  • Yield : 4
  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 45m

Make awesome Tandoori Chicken at home

Most people go to a nearby hotel or a dhaba if they crave for tandoori chicken. But what if I told you that you can make tasty, succulent tandoori chicken at home and that too with minimum oil? All you need is an Airfryer or an oven which is a blessing to all modern households who care about healthy eating.

Quick tip

If you want to make this dish on the weekday, you can marinade the chicken and freeze it. Then whenever you wish to make, just de-freeze and pop the marinaded chicken in the Airfryer, make some dal, roti and salad to go with it and a complete, balanced meal is ready in a jiffy.

What is a Tandoor

The term tandoor refers to a variety of ovens, the most commonly known as a cylindrical clay or metal oven used in cooking and baking. The tandoor is used for cooking in Southern, Central and Western Asia, as well as in the South Caucasus.

The heat for a tandoor was traditionally generated by a charcoal or wood fire, burning within the tandoor itself, thus exposing the food to live-fire, radiant heat cooking, and hot-air, convection cooking, and smoking by the fat and food juices that drip on to the charcoal. Temperatures in a tandoor can approach 480 °C (900 °F), and it is common for tandoor ovens to remain lit for long periods to maintain the high cooking temperature. The tandoor design is something of a transitional form between a makeshift earth oven and the horizontal-plan masonry oven.
Source: Wikipedia 

However, these days a variety of ovens and gas based tandoors and Airfryers are available in the market and these can easily be used to make tasty recipes at home.


Tandoori Chicken in Airfryer

Tandoori Chicken in Airfryer


  • Chicken leg (With Thigh) - 4
  • Ginger paste - 3 tsp
  • Garlic paste - 3 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 3 tbsp
  • Tandoori masala powder - 2 tbsp
  • Roasted cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  • Hung curd - 4 tbsp
  • Kasuri Methi - 2 tsp
  • Black pepper powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 2 tsp
  • Ghee to baste 3 Tbsp
  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Wash the chicken legs and make slits in them using a sharp knife.

Step 2

Add chicken in a bowl along with Ginger and garlic paste, lemon juice and some salt.

Step 3

Mix well and keep aside for 15 minutes.

Step 4

Mix the ingredients for the second marinade, that is, Tandoori masala powder, roasted cumin powder, garam masala powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, hung curd, Kasoori methi, black pepper powder, coriander powder and some salt and pour it all over the chicken. Rub the chicken well with the marinade and allow it to rest for at least 2 hours. If you wish to cook the next day, freeze the chicken with this marinade.

Step 5

Preheat the Airfryer or a traditional Oven to 180degrees C.

Step 6

Place the chicken in the Airfryer basket and baste with ghee using a brush.

Step 7

After about 5 minutes, turn the chicken and baste it again. Do this about three times. Airfry for about 18-20 minutes untlil the chicken is slightly charred and browned.

Serving Suggestion

Serve this delicious tandoori chicken hot with yoghurt-mint chutney and tomato onion rings as a starter. If you want to make a quick meal out of it, pair the tandoori chicken with dal, roti and rice.

Recipe Comments

Comments (6)

  1. posted by Manju on March 23, 2018

    swati… u r awesome. Really like your receipes & moreover the way you have described interest in cooking…. Great

    • posted by Swati Sani on March 23, 2018

      Thank you, Manju. I am happy that you like my recipes.

  2. posted by sheela on March 21, 2018

    i bought an airfyrer recently. Waiting to make this and surprise my family!

    • posted by Swati Sani on March 21, 2018

      Wonderful. You will find Airfryer very useful. Do let me know how Tandoori chicken turns out for you and don’t forget to try my other recipes which use Airfryer.

  3. posted by Shakun on March 19, 2018

    Am quite eager to try the tandoori chicken in the air fryer. Seems so easy and should be delicious with the masalas.

    • posted by Swati Sani on March 19, 2018

      Thank you, do let me know how you like it.


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