Tandoori Chicken Recipe
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Tandoori Chicken Recipe

Make this Tandoori Chicken Recipe in your air fryer with a yogurt-based marinade. It's a flavor-packed, low carb chicken recipe that is super easy to make!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizers, Main Courses
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Chicken Tandoori, Tandoori Chicken, Tandoori Chicken Recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 178kcal
Author: Urvashi Pitre



For Finishing


  • In a glass bowl, mix all ingredients except the basting oil, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of cilantro. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Open up the air fryer and carefully lay the tandoori chicken in a single layer on either the rack or in the basket of your air fryer.
  • Using a silicone brush, baste the chicken with either oil or ghee on one side.
  • Cook at 350F for 10 minutes.
  • Remove and flip over the chicken, and baste on the other side,
  • Cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Using a meat thermometer, check to see if the internal temperature has reached 165F. Do not skip this step.
  • Remove and place on a serving plate. Add lemon juice and mix, and sprinkle with cilantro.


Tips And Tricks
  • If you don't have an air fryer, you can cook this recipe in a skillet. Just heat up a skillet until it's screaming hot, add ghee that has a high smoke point and cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes on each size.
  • This chicken is marinated in spices. You won't be able to tell if it's done by just looking at the color. Without a meat thermometer, you're likely to overcook the chicken. The best and only way to cook this without making rubber chicken is to use a meat thermometer, and cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F.
  • I know many dairy-free folks will ask me what they can substitute for yogurt. The closest you could come would be to use lemon juice instead.
Serving Suggestions
  • Serve alone as an appetizer
  • Serve with green chutney as an appetizer
  • Serve with tzatziki or raita as a dip
  • Serve with naan as part of a meal. In this case, add some dal and a cold salad to round out the meal
  • Make extra and add to your leftover butter chicken sauce
  • Eat in lettuce leaves as a low carb wrap


Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6g