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Malai Chicken Tikka - Air Fryer Malai Chicken Tikka

This is creamy delicious and quick to make.
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Marinade time included in prep time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine North Indian
Servings 4


  • 3/4 tbsp ginger garlic paste (either freshly minced in equal quantities or store bought)
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 4 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp corn flour
  • 1 tbsp sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 small serrano peppers crushed in a motor and pestle (green chili pepper small, translates to 1.5 tsp chopped)
  • 1 tbsp cilantro leaves (fresh and finely chopped)
  • 1 and 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 ground black pepper (kali mirch)
  • 1.5 tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed or bottled)
  • 2 tbsp oil of choice
  • 1.8 pounds chicken thighs chopped into 2 to 3 inch pieces (bone-in or 1.5 pounds boneless)



  • Chop the chicken pieces into 2 to 3 inch pieces.
  • Rinse and chop the cilantro finely.
  • Chop the serrano pepper and grind it in a motor and pestle.
  • Mix 1 tbsp oil with all the other ingredients except chicken. Stir well.
  • Add chicken in the marinade and coat it well. Let it sit in the marinade for a minimum of 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Ideally 6 hours marinade time is perfect but in a time bind 30 minutes is good too.


  • When you are ready to cook, rub inside of air fryer basket with oil. 
  • Preheat the air fryer at 350°F for 5 minutes.
  • Once it is preheated, add chicken and place it in the air fryer basket in a single layer. 
  • Air fry at 360°F for 15 minutes. Toss and flip the chicken at the 7 minute mark.
  • Serve with cilantro chutney, Indian flatbread or with lettuce wraps.
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