Air Fryer Butter Chicken Recipe


Butter chicken is a popular Indian dish that is known for its rich and creamy tomato-based sauce. This air fryer version of butter chicken is a healthier alternative to the traditional recipe, as it uses less oil and still delivers the same delicious flavors. With the help of an air fryer, you can enjoy this classic Indian dish with a crispy and tender texture.

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon juice, melted butter, minced garlic, grated ginger, garam masala, ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and toss until they are well coated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or overnight for best results.
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes.
  4. Place the marinated chicken pieces in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook for 15 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through the cooking time.
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