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This quick and easy Air Fryer Chicken Tikka Tray Bake is a delicious and ultra simple lunch or dinner for the whole family.

An air fryer filled with chicken pieces and vegetables for the recipe Air Fryer Chicken Tikka Tray Bake.

This Air Fryer Chicken Tikka Traybake is so easy and delicious. It makes a whole meal for a family of 4 without the need for more pans or the oven.

Simply add a few easy sides like microwave rice or some naans or flatbreads, open a few dips and poppadoms, and you have a real shortcut winner to serve.

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Why you’ll love this Air Fryer Chicken Tikka recipe

⭐️ Only 5 ingredients

⭐️ Low effort preparation

⭐️ Great for meal prep


How we came up with this recipe

This air fryer recipe works so well because tikka is originally a dish that is served dry, with chunks of marinated boneless meat or paneer being cooked in a clay tandoor oven. 

Cooking it in our new favourite kitchen gadget recreates this slightly.

We have used a tikka paste here to keep the recipe very accessible, of course you could make your own curry paste if you prefer.


Air fryer Chicken Tikka Ingredients Notes

The ingredients for Air Fryer Chicken Tikka Tray Bake laid out in bowls on a counter top.
  • Chicken breast – Dice about 4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless.
  • Veggies – We’ve used tomatoes and peppers here but feel free to substitute whatever you prefer that cooks in a similar time.
  • Tikka paste – I use Patak’s but use your preferred brand but remember to adjust the amount you use according to the pack instructions as they do vary.

How to make Air Fryer Chicken Tikka

Raw ingredients in an air fryer for a chicken tikka recipe. Chicken pieces, tomatoes, green pepper, onion and tikka paste.

1. Put all ingredients into your air fryer and mix until coated. Cook as per the recipe below.

The ingredients for air fryer chicken tikka traybake in an air fryer.

2. Shake vigorously halfway through cooking.


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Substitutions

  • To make vegetarian – You can swap the chicken for a vegetarian/vegan protein option too, adjust your cook times as required
  • Chicken thighs – You can use boneless, skinless thighs instead of breast if you prefer, but bear in mind they will take a little longer to cook. Cut them small and adjust the cooking time to until they’re cooked through
  • Vegetables – Feel free to add any others of your choice

Leftovers

In the fridge You can keep this recipe in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat fully before serving or eat cold.

In the freezer This is fine to freeze. Wait until cooled then portion up and freeze. Defrost thoroughly before reheating.

Top tipS

No air fryer, no problem…

You can cook this in the oven instead at 200C for the same amount of time.⁠

My air fryer

The one in these photos is a Russell Hobbs XXL one.

I’ve tested 3 air fryers now, and while I’m not saying that this one is THE BEST EVER, I’m really happy with it. It’s easy to fit in the dishwasher, not too expensive and has a basket large enough for 4 people.

Timing

I cook this in my air fryer for 23 minutes, but the exact number of minutes it takes will depend on your machine, the size of your chicken chunks and whether you’re using breast or thigh meat.

Check it after 20 minutes to gauge whether it needs a little longer.

FAQs

What is tikka paste?

It’s a curry paste that’s made up of a number of spices to get a particular blend that’s unique to the tikka flavour. 

You could make your own paste if you prefer.

Can I use tikka powder instead?

Yes. Just replace it with the recommended portion per serving of the tikka spice blend you have (usually about 1 tsp per serving) and then mix with the oil in the recipe before stirring into the mixture.

Can I use any curry paste?

Yes. I usually use Patak’s Tikka Masala but you can use another flavour, such as Madras or Rogan Josh, or another brand entirely.

Just make sure you adjust the amount you use according to the pack instructions (ie the portion size recommended per serving).

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes! When it’s cool, pack it into fridge containers and store for up to 3 days. Reheat until piping hot throughout in the microwave (or eat cold).

You can also freeze this. Defrost it thoroughly first and then reheat.

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Air Fryer Chicken Tikka Traybake

This Air Fryer Chicken Tikka Traybake is a quick, easy and healthy meal that’s ready in about 20 minutes. Tender chicken in a gently spicy tikka marinade with green peppers, onions and juicy tomatoes… it’s mouthwateringly delicious too!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 650 g Chicken breast, Approx 4 breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 Salad tomatoes, Quartered
  • 1 Onion, Cut into chunks
  • 2 Green peppers, Deseeded and cubed
  • 150g Tikka paste, See notes
  • 1 tbsp Sunflower oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Instructions 

  • Put all ingredients into your air fryer, stir well to coat and cook on 200C for 23 mins.
  • Shake vigorously halfway through cooking.

Notes

To cook in the oven instead: You can cook this in the oven at 200C for the same amount of time
Serving suggestions: Microwave rice, flatbreads, wraps or pittas, salad
Tikka paste: I use Patak’s but use your preferred brand but remember to adjust the amount you use according to the pack instructions as they do vary. If you want to swap it for tikka powder instead, use the equivalent per serving as your paste (usually about 1tsp)
Vegetarian option: You can swap the chicken for a vegetarian/vegan protein too, but adjust your cook times as required
Chicken: You can use thighs instead of breast if you prefer, but bear in mind they will take a little longer to cook. Cut them small and adjust the cooking time to until they’re cooked through
Make ahead for prepped lunches: When cool, pack it into fridge containers and store for up to 3 days. Reheat until piping hot throughout in the microwave (or eat cold). You can also freeze. Defrost it thoroughly first and then reheat
 

Nutrition

Calories: 304kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 37gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 198mgPotassium: 1037mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 7200IUVitamin C: 72mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
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