Air Fryer Zaffrani Chicken – Chicken Tikka Drumsticks

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These Air Fryer Zaffrani Chicken – Chicken Tikka Drumsticks are crispy with just the right amount of zest to get you tempting for more! This recipe is the only guide for how to air fry chicken legs you’ll ever need. Honestly, this recipe couldn’t be easier!

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What ingredients do you need for this Air Fryer Zaffrani Chicken – Chicken Tikka Drumsticks recipe?

Chicken Drumsticks – Bone-in. Try to choose ones that are uniform in size, so that they cook at the same rate. Peel and cut the skin if required.


Greek yogurt: This is key. Plain yogurt won’t cut it. It tends to get watery. You need plain Greek yogurt or strained yogurt also known as hung yogurt in India. It basically means that the excess water is strained or drained out.

Other ingredients: Ginger garlic paste, lemon juice, oil, ground coriander, ground cumin, green chillis (serrano peppers), saffron strands, salt, Kasuri methi, white pepper, roasted besan, ground turmeric, garam masala.

How do I make this recipe?

Prep – First, rinse and grind the serrano peppers in a spice blender.

Second, peel and chop the chicken skin if there is any. Cut 2 to 4 slits on the drumsticks about 2 to 3 inches wide and deep.

Third, dry roast the chickpea flour on a pan on medium heat.

Further, in a mixing bowl, add in the yogurt, 2 tbsp oil, ginger garlic paste, ground coriander, lemon juice, ground cumin, serrano peppers (green chili), saffron strands, salt, Kasuri Methi, white pepper powder, roasted chickpea flour, ground turmeric, and garam masala. Mix  well. Furthermore add in the chicken and mix well.

Cover the marinated chicken bowl with a lid. Marinate the chicken for 30 minutes to an hour. Additionally, you can also marinate it overnight in the refrigerator.

Air Fry –

When you are ready to cook, grease the air fryer basket with oil. I grease mine by rubbing, brushing, or spraying, a little bit of oil on the bottom grate. Then, follow your air fryer directions for preheating to 350°F for 5 minutes. When it’s preheated, working in batches, place the chicken in a single layer. 

Cook the chicken at 360°F for 10 minutes. Turn and cook for another 10 minutes. Finally increase the temperature to 370°F and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes until the skin is brown and crisp. Check after the final 5 minute mark (25 minutes) and turn it around for the last 5 minutes.

Finally, Using a  meat thermometer ensure that the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165ºF before serving.

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Air Fryer Zaffrani Chicken – Chicken Tikka Drumsticks

Shilpa
These Air Fryer Zaffrani Chicken – Chicken Tikka Drumsticks are crispy with just the right amount of zest to get you tempting for more! This recipe is the only guide for how to air fry chicken legs you'll ever need. Honestly, this recipe couldn’t be easier!
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine India, Indian
Servings 5

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

Prep

  • Rinse and grind the serrano peppers in a spice blender.
  • Peel and chop the chicken skin if there is any. Cut 2 to 4 slits on the drumsticks about 2 to 3 inches wide and deep.
  • Dry roast the chickpea flour on a pan on medium heat.
  • In a mixing bowl, add in the yogurt, 2 tbsp oil, ginger garlic paste, ground coriander, lemon juice, ground cumin, serrano peppers (green chili), saffron strands, salt, Kasuri Methi, white pepper powder, roasted chickpea flour, ground turmeric, and garam masala. Mix well. Furthermore, add in the chicken and mix well.
  • Cover the marinated chicken bowl with a lid. Marinate the chicken for 30 minutes to an hour. Additionally, you can also marinate it overnight in the refrigerator.

Air Fry

  • When you are ready to cook, grease the air fryer basket with oil. I grease mine by rubbing, brushing, or spraying, a little bit of oil on the bottom grate. Then, follow your air fryer directions for preheating to 350°F for 5 minutes. When it’s preheated, working in batches, place the chicken in a single layer.
  • Cook the chicken at 360°F for 10 minutes. Turn and cook for another 10 minutes. Drizzle some left over oil. Finally increase the temperature to 370°F and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes until the skin is brown and crisp. Check after the final 5-minute mark (25 minutes) and turn it around for the last 5 minutes.
  • Using a meat thermometer ensure that the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165ºF before serving.
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My name is Shilpa Tiku. I am a foodie and love experimenting with different cuisines. Originally a Kashmiri, born in Mumbai and currently live in Dallas.

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