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Afghani-Style Malai Chicken Tikka

This Afghani-style malai chicken tikka is a mild twist on classic chicken tikka. With a tangy yogurt marinade, this chicken tikka recipe gets it's flavour from the tang of lime, and a hint of garam masala. Serve with an easy salad or homemade garlic naan, and dinner is served!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 189kcal
Author: Sunena Anand


  • 2 Chicken breasts boneless, skinless, cut into cubes
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 Lime juiced
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger & garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala
  • 10 Almonds
  • 10 Cashews
  • 1 Jalapeño


  • Prepare the marinade: Add the ingredients for the marinade into a blender. Blend until the almonds, cashews and chilli are all completely broken down, and the marinade is smooth.
    ½ cup Greek yogurt, 1 Lime, 1 tablespoon Ginger & garlic paste, 2 teaspoon Salt, 1 teaspoon Garam masala, 10 Almonds, 10 Cashews, 1 Jalapeño
  • Marinate the chicken: Pour the marinade over the chicken in a mixing bowl. Let the chicken marinate for 20-30 minutes - The longer the better.
    2 Chicken breasts
  • Air fry: Before adding the chicken to an air fryer basket, drain off the excess marinade from the chicken. Spray with cooking spray, and air fry for 12-15 minutes at 390°F.


  • Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized cubes. Try to cut them in uniform-sized pieces so that they all cook at the same time and do not dry out.
  • To get an even char on the chicken be sure to shake and turn the chicken as it cooks. Avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket as well, to allow the air to circulate.


Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 1305mg | Potassium: 522mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg