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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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