Air Fryer Chicken Tikka – Butter Chicken Tikka

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This last-minute Air Fryer Chicken Tikka – Butter Chicken Tikka made in the Air Fryer is super easy and irresistible.

It is great to serve company, but it is also one of those dishes that work for a fast weeknight dinner.

Air Fryer Chicken Tikka - Butter Chicken Tikka
Air Fryer Chicken Tikka – Butter Chicken Tikka

How do I make the Air Fryer Chicken Tikka – Butter Chicken Tikka?

Firstly, using a whisk or a spoon mix all the marinade ingredients well.

Next, chop the chicken thighs (skinless and boneless) into 2 to 3 inch pieces. Additionally, chop bell peppers (either red, yellow or green), also known as capsicum into 2 to 3 inch pieces. You can use any color bell peppers. I have used red her.

Furthermore add the chicken to the marinade. Then, let the chicken marinate for an hour.

Then, preheat the air to 350°F for 5 minutes.

When the air fryer is preheated, working in batches, place the chicken and bell peppers’ mix in a single layer. Set the time and temperature and wait for it to cook. 

Air Fryer Chicken Tikka - Butter Chicken Tikka
Chicken in basket


What do I serve the Air Fryer Chicken Tikka – Butter Chicken Tikka with?

What ingredients do I need to make the butter chicken tikka?

1.5 to 1.8 pounds boneless chicken thighs, bell-pepper, tomato ketchup, plain greek yogurt, Kashmiri chili powder, red chili powder, ground coriander, ground cumin, mango powder, garam masala, salt, dried fenugreek leaves, 1 tbsp oil, cashew nuts, water, ginger garlic paste, heavy whipping cream, and chickpea flour.

2 tablespoons additional oil to grease the air fryer basket. Additionally, melted unsalted butter will be used to top the chicken before turning it.

Can I use chicken breasts instead of thighs?

Certainly. I prefer to use thighs because they tend to stay soft and tender. Boneless skinless chicken breasts will also work with this recipe!

Can this be stored in the fridge or freezer?

Yes! You can store the air fried chicken in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer until ready to enjoy. However, it tastes best when its fresh right out of the air fryer.

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Air Fryer Chicken Tikka – Butter Chicken Tikka

Tender chicken thighs marinated in spices and coated with butter are tender, moist and irresistible,
Prep Time 1 hr 5 mins
Cook Time 23 mins
Total Time 1 hr 28 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6


  • Air Fryer


  • 1/2 bell pepper (red, green or yellow) (3/4 cup chopped)
  • 1.5 to 1.8 pounds chicken thighs chopped into 2 to 3 inch pieces (boneless and skinless)
  • 2 tbsp butter (unsalted and melted in a microwave)
  • 1/4 cup cashew nuts (unsalted)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp oil of choice (divided)



  • Chop the chicken and bell peppers into 2 to 3 inch pieces.
  • Blend the cashew nuts with 2 tablespoon water to make a paste.
  • Mix all the ingredients listed under marinade. Then add the cashew nut paste to the marinade and mix well.
  • Add the chopped chicken and bell peppers to the marinade. Mix and coat the chicken well. Cover with a lid and let the chicken and bell peppers sit in the marinade for an hour.
  • When you are ready to cook, rub the inside of the air fryer basket with oil. 
  • Preheat the air fryer at 350°F for 5 minutes.

  • Air fry at 360°F for 18 minutes. When 8 minutes are remaining, coat the chicken with 1 tbsp butter and some oil. Flip the chicken gently with tongs. If you like it slightly charred then the full 18 minutes is good or else you can take it out at the 15 minute mark. I keep mine for 18 minutes since I like the burnt tikka flavor.
  • Repeat until you run out of chicken.
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