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Achari Chicken Tikka – Air Fryer Achari Chicken Tikka

Achari Chicken Tikka – Air Fryer Achari Chicken Tikka recipe – appetizing air fried chicken that is full of pickle flavor, with very little oil.
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 23 mins
Total Time 1 hr 3 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3


  • Air Fryer


  • 1.5 pounds chicken (boneless and skinless) (breast or thighs)

Achari Spices


  • 2 tbsp indian mango pickle, spicy (just the oil and spices, not the actual mango pieces)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (plain)
  • 3/4 tbsp ginger garlic paste    (either freshly minced in
    equal quantities or store bought)
  • 2 tsp kashmiri chili powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder   (ground cayenne pepper)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp oil of choice (preferably mustard oil) (divided)



  • First, gather your ingredients for the pickling spices. Ingredients include fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, kalonji seeds, black peppercorns and mustard seeds. Further, dry roast them on medium heat on a pan until they change color and are fragrant. This step should take about 2 minutes. The spices can burn quickly so make sure you monitor them. Furthermore, let them cool. 
  • Dice the chicken to 2-inch cubes.
  • In a mixing bowl make the marinade with the following ingredientsMango pickle (just the oil and spices, not the actual mango pieces), Greek yogurt, ginger garlic paste, Kashmiri chili powder, red chili powder, lemon juice, garam masala, salt, and 2 tbsp oil (preferably mustard). Mix well.
  • Next grind the dry roasted achari spices into a fine powder in a coffee grinder or spice grinder. Additionally, add the ground achari spices to the marinade.
  • Mix well. Finally add the chopped chicken to the marinade.
  • Cover the marinated chicken bowl with a lid and let it sit in the chicken sit in the marinade for at least 30 minutes. If time permits you can store it in the refrigerator for 6 to 8 hours. If not, 30 minutes will suffice.


  • When you are ready to cook, grease your 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.
  • Air fry for 18 minutes, at 360°F. When 8 minutes are remaining, flip the chicken gently with tongs and drizzle some oil. Close the basket and complete the cooking process.
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