Air Fried Tandoori Chicken is a must-try recipe! It’s healthier and tastier than what you’d get at an Indian restaurant and it’s so easy to make! I marinate chicken legs in a creamy, well-spiced, yogurt-based marinade. and then cooked in an air fryer. Resulting in a tender and juicy chicken.

Air-Fried Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori chicken originated from the Mughlai cuisine & is one of the most popular chicken appetizers that stole the hearts of many across the globe. You can read more about that here

This recipe will give you soft, juicy, flavorful, and delicious grilled chicken with bursting flavor. Traditionally Tandoori Chicken is almost always made in a clay oven called tandoor. Since most of us don’t own a clay oven, with this recipe I cook it in an air fryer. You can even make it on the grill to mimic that same flavor. You can also use an oven. 

Tandoori Chicken made in the air-fryer

a little about the tandoori chicken marinade

So tandoori chicken is all about the marinate. It’s the marinate that is a bit tangy from greek yogurt and the robust flavor all the spices add, is unbeatable. I am a spice fanatic and I add a lot of cayenne pepper for myself but it’s a totally optional ingredient. If you prefer the mild flavor, just skip the cayenne pepper. The traditional recipe uses food coloring but I don’t feel the need for artificial color since paprika and turmeric give a nice enough color to this dish.

This tandoori chicken recipe yields spicy chicken that is soft and juicy. Because these are spicy but not hot, my kids enjoy them as well. I don’t use any food coloring as the turmeric and paprika add a good enough color, making it healthy and delicious! You can serve it with naan, salad, or even grilled or roasted veggies. Tandoori Chicken pairs well with my cilantro mint chutney, click on the link for chutney recipe

How to make The Tandoori chicken marinade

Add all the marinade ingredients to a large bowl
Add the chicken to the marinade
Massage the chicken with the marinade, I suggest using gloves to do this step. Once the chicken is marinated, cover and rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. Longer marinating time will result in tastier chicken.

How to cook the air fried tandoori chicken

Other air fryer recipes you may like

Air Fryer Malai Chicken Kebabs

Air Fryer Jerk Chicken

Keto/ Low Carb/ Gluten-Free Air Fried Chicken

Keto/ Low Carb Fries

Air Fried Dry Rub Wings

follow me on my social media

Air Fried Tandoori Chicken

2g Net Carbs per seving
No ratings yet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 4 people
Calories 350 kcal




  • Pull the skin back and make slits on the chicken using a sharp knife and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the other ingredients and whisk together until you have a thick paste,
  • Add the chicken and rub the marinade on the chicken really well, getting into all the cuts you made.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to up to 24 hours. The longer you leave the chicken to marinate, the better the flavor.
  • Spray some nonstick cooking spray on the bottom of the air fryer and arrange the chicken.
  • Spray the top with oil and cook at @370° F for 30-35 minutes, turning it halfway or until the chicken is done.
  • You can also bake this chicken in a preheated oven at 450° F for 30-35 minutes.
  • Another option is to grill on a gas or charcoal grill.
  • Serve with a salad.


All recipes reflect approximate nutrition values for your convenience. Data is gathered by MyFitnessPal. Nutritional values can vary for each recipe based on variables such as measurement accuracy, different brands of ingredients, and so on. We make every effort to be as accurate as possible, but if exact calculations are required, the user is advised to make their own calculations. The recipe author is not a nutritionist or dietician and recipes are not to be considered as any nutritional or medical advice. As with any diet, please consult your doctor before making changes to your diet.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases with no cost to you.


Serving: 2piecesFiber: 1.1gCalories: 350kcalFat: 18.3gProtein: 43.2gCarbohydrates: 3.1g
Keyword easy chicken recipe, quick tandoori chicken
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!