Tandoori chicken oven and air Fryer is an Indian appetizer, marinated in yogurt, and spices and cooked in an oven or air fryer. This smoky and juicy tandoori chicken is perfect for dinners. This perfectly charred and delicately marinated tandoori chicken oven and air fryer is the quickest meal on weekday dinners.

Tandoori Chicken Oven and Air fryer

How to make it taste like taken out of clay tandoor

If you miss the traditional smoky flavor, smoke chicken with a piece of charcoal. Burn a piece of charcoal on a direct flame. When it is red hot, keep it in a metal bowl and place the bowl in the center of the chicken. Pour ghee or oil on charcoal. You would see smoke coming out. Cover the bowl with a lid and smoke the chicken for 8- 10 minutes.

You can replace drumsticks with chicken thighs and chicken breasts. But Chicken breasts may tend to dry out a bit because of high heat. 

how long to air fry tandoori chicken

marination for tandoori chicken oven and air fryer

Clean the chicken drum stick or thigh and pat dry. Using a knife, cut deep slits into the chicken.  

In a large bowl, whisk yogurt, black pepper, deggi red chili powder, Kashmiri chili powder, ginger garlic paste, coriander powder, garam masala, cumin powder salt, kasuri methi, lime juice, and red food color (optional). 

Place the chicken in marinade and mix well. Make sure all chicken pieces are coated well. Cover it and refrigerate overnight or at least an hour. 

How to cook juicy chicken tandoori in oven

Take a roasting pan or sheet pan and place it in the oven. Pour water into a pan until it reaches about halfway up the sides of the pan. A water bath adds moisture to the oven which makes chicken juicy.

Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees. 

Place the chicken drumsticks on the grill rack leaving a bit of space in between each piece. Bake the chicken for 25-30 minutes. You can flip them after 15 minutes of cook time. 

How to cook tandoori chicken in air fryer

Preheat air fryer to 380 F degrees.

Place marinated chicken in the air fryer and cook for 15-18 minutes. You can flip the chicken over halfway through cooking time.

How to give smoke flavor to tandoori chicken oven and air fryer

Place the tandoori chicken in a bowl. Burn a piece of charcoal on direct flame with help of a tong. When it is red hot, keep it in a metal bowl and place the bowl in the center of the chicken. Pour ghee or oil on charcoal.

You would see smoke coming out. Cover the bowl with a lid and smoke the chicken for 8- 10 minutes.

Experience the magic of tandoori chicken with the sides like green chutney, fresh onion, and lemon wedges.

Frequently asked questions

Why tandoori chicken is red?

The vibrant color is from spices like Kashmiri red chili powder, but some like adding red food to marinate. Red food color is optional.

How long to air fry tandoori chicken?

Preheat the air fryer to 380 F degrees. Place marinated chicken in the air fryer and cook for 15-18 minutes depending on size. You can flip the chicken over halfway through cooking time.

Tandoori Chicken Oven And Air fryer

Tandoori chicken oven and air Fryer is an Indian appetizer, marinated in yogurt, and spices and cooked in an oven or air fryer. This smoky and juicy tandoori chicken is perfect for dinners.
Print Recipe
Air fryer tandoori chicken
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Resting Time:30 minutes
Total Time:1 hour

Equipment

  • Air fryer

Ingredients

  • 7 Chicken drum sticks skinless
  • 1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 1.5 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Dengi mirchi powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/4 cup Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kasuri methi
  • 2 tbsp Lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp Pepper powder

Instructions

MARINATION FOR TANDOORI CHICKEN OVEN AND AIR FRYER

  • Clean the chicken drum stick or thigh and pat dry. Using a knife, cut deep slits into the chicken.
  • In a large bowl, whisk yogurt, black pepper, deggi red chili powder, Kashmiri chili powder, ginger garlic paste, coriander powder, garam masala, cumin powder salt, kasuri methi, lime juice, and red food color (optional). 
  • Place the chicken in marinade and mix well. Make sure all chicken pieces are coated well. Cover it and refrigerate overnight or at least an hour.

HOW TO COOK JUICY CHICKEN TANDOORI IN THE OVEN

  • Take a roasting pan or sheet pan and place it in the oven. Pour water into a pan until it reaches about halfway up the sides of the pan. A water bath adds moisture to the oven which makes chicken juicy.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.
  • Place the chicken drumsticks on the grill rack leaving a bit of space in between each piece. Bake the chicken for 25-30 minutes. You can flip them after 15 minutes of cooking time.

HOW TO COOK CHICKEN TANDOORI IN THE AIR FRYER

  • Preheat the air fryer to 380 F degrees.
  • Place marinated chicken in the air fryer and cook for 15-18 minutes. You can flip the chicken over halfway through cooking time.
Servings: 7
Author: Tejaswi Reddy

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