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The Best Chicken Tikka Recipe

This is a spicy tasty chicken tikka recipe in Air fryer. This marinated chicken in air fryer with a spiced yogurt marinade is finger licking delicious.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian, North Indian, North Indian | Uttar Pradesh | Punjabi
Keyword chicken tikka, chicken tikka Air fryer
recipe chicken tikka Air fryer
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marination time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 181kcal



  • 1 lb. Chicken breast boneless or 500 gm.

For marinade

  • 2 tbsp. ginger and garlic paste or minced ginger and garlic
  • 3 tbsp. Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder or curry powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 tsp. black pepper coarsely ground skip if you prefer less spice
  • 1 tbsp. Tandoori chicken masala optional
  • 1 tsp. paprika or Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. kasuri methi or dry fenugreek
  • 1 tsp. oil/butter for marination and some more for basting
  • 2 tsp. chickpea flour or besan
  • Salt

For Garnish


    • The key in making good chicken tikka is in its marination.
    • Take all the ingredients of the marinade and mix to form a thick paste.
    • Evenly coat chicken pieces with this marinade and keep for 4-6 hours or overnight for the flavours to get absorbed.

    For Air Fryer

    • Pre heat your airfryer at 160 C or 320 F for 5 minutes.
    • Take skewers and put the chicken tikka pieces in. Baste with some butter/oil and Air fry at 160 C or 320 F for about 8 minutes. Next raise the temperature to 200 C or 390 F and air fry for about 6 minutes to get a lovely charred look.

    For Oven

    • Preheat oven at 240 C or 460 F for 10 minutes. Line a baking tray with foil and arrange a grill tray on it. Line your tikka on skewers and bake for about 25-30 minutes till it is well cooked. You can do the same in a conventional grill.
    • Serve hot with lemon slices, slices of onion and chaat masala. Enjoy


    1. Always preheat your oven/air fryer 2. This recipe is spicy, reduce the spice as per your taste. 3. We cook first at low heat to cook the chicken from inside and yet keep it moist. 4. The high heat cooking is to give it a nice charcoal grill look. 5. When using air fryer, you can baste the pieces with oil midway during cooking. 6. Don't overcook or the chicken will become stringy and chewy. 7. You could also do this on stove top by cooking on a hot skillet. Heat a skillet. Pour some oil and put the tikkas. Cover with a lid and cook on medium heat till both sides are done. Or use a grill to cook the tikkas.


    Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 582mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1226IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg