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close up shot of a boneless tandoori chicken bite dipped in green chutney.

Boneless Tandoori Chicken in Air Fryer (Air Fryer Tandoori Chicken Bites)

These Boneless Tandoori Chicken Bites make for a delicious treat, every single time! Pair these air fryer tandoori chicken bites with a dip of your choice, or use it to make tandoori chicken tacos, quesadillas, or even as pizza topping to make tandoori chicken pizza.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 231kcal


  • Gourmia Air Fryer


  • 2 pounds boneless chicken *preferably thigh meat (see notes)
  • ¼ cup yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • ½ tablespoon tandoori masala powder
  • ½ tablespoon garam masala powder
  • ½ tablespoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon chaat masala powder
  • tablespoon kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon kasoori methi
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ tablespoon cornflour
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • tablespoon oil


Prep the Chicken

  • Take 2 pounds of boneless chicken, and cut it into bite sized pieces, based on your preference. Set aside.

Make Tandoori Masala Marinade

  • In a bowl, take ¼ cup yogurt, 2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste, ½ tablespoon tandoori masala powder, ½ tablespoon garam masala powder, ½ tablespoon coriander powder, ½ teaspoon cumin powder, ½ teaspoon chaat masala powder, tablespoon kashmiri chilli powder, 1 tablespoon kasoori methi, 1 teaspoon salt, ¾ tablespoon cornflour, ½ tablespoon lemon juice & tablespoon oil.
  • Mix everything together to make a smooth & thick paste-like marinade.

Marinate the Chicken

  • Apply the marinade to the chicken, ensuring to coat all the pieces well.
  • Let the chicken marinate for at-least 2-4 hours in the fridge.
  • (When done, let the chicken thaw at room temperature for at-least 20 minutes before cooking it.)

Air Fry Tandoori Chicken Bites

  • Pre-heat the air fryer at 400° F (~ 200° C)
  • Grease the base of the air fryer.
  • Place the boneless chicken pieces in the air fryer basket, laying it all flat, and not stacking on top of each other. My air fryer holds about 1 pound at a time comfortably.
  • Air Fry at 400° F for 15 minutes, turning it over once halfway. Depending on your air-fryer and the size of the chicken pieces, you might need a few minutes less or more, so adjust time accordingly.
  • Tandoori Chicken Bites are ready to serve. Pair it with this green chutney or a dip of your choice.



  1. Chicken Thighs vs Chicken Breast - When using boneless chicken, I prefer and recommend to use chicken thighs over chicken breasts, as thighs are tender and juicier, and breasts tend to get dry and rubbery easily. But you can use chicken breast if you prefer. Just cut down the cooking time by a few minutes, as breasts cook faster than thighs.
  2. Tandoori Masala Marinade - As you see, I use more spice powders than just tandoori masala powder to make the tandoori masala marinade. This blend of spices is what I've found to work really well together, in case you are using all store-bought masalas, like I am doing in this case.
    I am still working on developing a recipe for homemade tandoori masala powder that I like enough to use just that along with yogurt, salt & oil. I'll share it when it is ready, but until then you can use the blend of masalas shared in the recipe to make really good tandoori masala marinade, that you can adapt to suit several different tandoori recipes.



Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 603mg | Potassium: 629mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 658IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg