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Ninja Foodi chicken tikka

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I love cooking up air fryer chicken recipes. It’s a great way to make some healthy chicken, to serve with dinner, or to enjoy with a salad or in a sandwich. This Ninja Foodi chicken tikka recipe is really simple to make and packed full of flavour too.

You can make this recipe as is, tikka chicken breasts, or you can skewer it with onions and peppers to make a tandoori chicken tikka kebab.

I love the Ninja Foodi, as it is so versatile. I own the OL750UK multi-cooker, and an AF400UK dual zone air fryer too. It’s great to be able to cook up full meals for my whole family, and air fryer desserts too which usually cook while we’re eating.

Using the air fryer is so straight forward. It’s easy to use, sits on the worktop so no bending required and is much faster than using the oven in almost all cases too.

Chicken tikka cooked in the Ninja Foodi air fryer

Ingredients for Ninja Foodi chicken tikka

2 skin-on chicken breasts

30g tikka pasta (I like this Sainsburys’ tikka paste or you can make this Tikka paste)

5ml of olive oil or spray oil 

Fancy trying a chicken tikka masala recipe instead?

Slow cooker Chicken Tikka Masala in a serving dish with handles and a side dish of rice with coriander on top

Method for making chicken tikka in the Ninja Foodi:

Prepare your chicken breast, washing if you like to do this.

Mix together the olive oil, or 20 sprays of spray oil, with the tikka paste.

Spread this over the top of your chicken breasts.

Spray the Ninja Foodi basket with oil, to prevent the chicken tikka from sticking.

Air fry at 180C (360F approx) for 8-9 minutes.

Turn the chicken breasts over.

Air fry again at 180C (360F approx) for a further 8-9 minutes.

Note: cooking times may vary as chicken breast sizes do. If you choose to use chicken chunks then you can drop the cooking time down to 5-6 minutes before turning and air frying for 5-6 minutes again.

Check the internal temperature is at least 74C (165F) before serving. I like to use a meat thermometer for this.

When my Ninja Foodi chicken tikka is cooked I like to wrap it in a little tin foil to rest it while I warm up some naan. This helps the breasts stay really juicy before slicing for serving.

My favourite ways to serve this are in a soft white flour rolltortilla wrap or with air fryer chips! I love to enjoy this with air fryer bread rolls or no yeast flatbreads too. Ninja Foodi white rice goes so nice with this chicken tikka too.

Chicken fajitas (chicken breast, yellow, orange and red peppers, red onion) that has been cooked in the Ninja Foodi.

Can you freeze Ninja Foodi chicken tikka?

Yes, you could freeze it both uncooked or cooked. Personally I like to cook it fresh, or freeze it uncooked. I then defrost in the fridge overnight before cooking as per this recipe.

Want to add something to this when serving?

Fresh lemon juice works very well. A drizzle of yoghurt is tasty too, especially if finished with a little fresh coriander.

Three BBQ chicken breasts cooked in the Ninja Foodi.

Want to use a different cut of chicken?

Yes, chicken thighs are absolutely perfect for this dish. Packed full of flavour and juicy too. Best of all they are a pretty cheap cut of meat and you can find them in just about all UK supermarkets.

Why not check out some of my favourite Ninja Foodi accessories?

Ninja Kebab Stand, Ninja sling, Ninja mini muffin tray

A delicious Ninja Foodi chicken tikka recipe:

Chicken tikka cooked in the Ninja Foodi air fryer
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Ninja Foodi chicken tikka

How to cook chicken tikka in the Ninja Foodi using the air fryer setting.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chicken, Ninja Foodi
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 212kcal
Author Katykicker

Ingredients

  • 2 skin-on chicken breasts
  • 30 g tikka pasta I like this Sainsburys’ tikka paste or you can make this Tikka paste
  • 5 ml of olive oil or spray oil

Instructions

  • Prepare your chicken breast.
  • Mix together the olive oil, or 20 sprays of spray oil, with the tikka paste.
  • Spread this over the top of your chicken breasts.
  • Spray the Ninja Foodi basket with oil, to prevent the chicken tikka from sticking.
  • Air fry at 180C (360F approx) for 8-9 minutes.
  • Turn the chicken breasts over.
  • Air fry again at 180C (360F approx) for a further 8-9 minutes.
  • Note: cooking times may vary as chicken breast sizes do. If you choose to use chicken chunks then you can drop the cooking time down to 5-6 minutes before turning and air frying for 5-6 minutes again.
  • Check the internal temperature is at least 74C (165F) before serving. I like to use a meat thermometer for this.

Nutrition

Calories: 212kcal

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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Chicken tikka cooked in the Ninja Foodi air fryer
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Sunday 3rd of September 2023

Looks delicious.

katykicker

Tuesday 5th of September 2023

Thank you! x

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