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Air-Fryer Whole Tandoori Chicken (Rotisserie)

Air fryer Whole Tandoori Chicken is a culinary masterpiece that combines the best of traditional Indian flavors with the modern convenience of air frying. With its crispy exterior, juicy meat, and a plethora of aromatic spices, this dish is a feast for both the eyes and the taste buds.

Air Fryer Whole Tandoori Chicken rotisserie on bed of bastami riceThis delectable dish takes the traditional Indian flavors of tandoori chicken and adds a creative twist by using the magic of air frying. With its tantalizing aroma and mouthwatering taste, this dish is sure to become your new favorite go-to meal.

Flavour of Tandoori

The secret lies in the perfect blend of spices that coat the chicken, infusing it with an irresistible taste that will leave you craving more. From the smoky notes of cumin and paprika to the tanginess of lemon and yogurt, every bite will transport you to a culinary paradise. The air frying technique ensures that the chicken is cooked to perfection—crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, giving you the ultimate taste sensation.

But what truly sets this dish apart is the ease of using an air fryer. So, whether you are planning a family dinner or hosting a gathering with friends, the Air-Fried Whole Tandoori Chicken is guaranteed to be a showstopper. Your guests will be amazed by the crispy exterior and succulent meat, all enveloped in the vibrant colors and aromatic flavors of tandoori spices.

Air Fryer Whole Tandoori Chicken top viewSo, go ahead and embark on this flavor-filled journey. Surprise your loved ones with a dazzling display of culinary expertise and let the Air-Fried Whole Tandoori Chicken take center stage at your next meal. Your taste buds will thank you as you savor every mouthful of this crispy delight. After all, life is too short to settle for ordinary flavors when you can experience the extraordinary!

Air fryer Whole Tandoori Chicken Ingredients

Air Fryer Whole Tandoori Chicken IngredientsWhole Chicken 3lbs to 4lbs -ideal size to fit in the air fryer with rotisserie. Depending on the size of your air fryer, or if using an air fryer with a drawer. You may use 5 lbs whole chicken then adjust the temperature and cooking time.

Chicken Tandoori Marinade Ingredients

Adjust the measurement of tandoori spices to your taste.

• 3 tbsp Greek yogurt substitute sour cream
• 3 tbsp olive oil
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
• 1 tbsp garlic paste or minced
• 1 tbsp ginger paste or minced
• 3/4 tbsp kosher salt or to taste
• 1 tbsp smoked paprika
• 1 ½ tsp coriander toasted and ground
• 1 tsp cumin
• 1 tsp Garam Masala
• ½ tsp turmeric powder
• ½ tsp chili powder or cayenne to taste
• ½ tsp ground black pepper

How to make Air Fryer Whole Tandoori Chicken

Prepare the whole chicken. Clean and pat dry with a paper towel. Trim and remove excess fat if desired.

Tandoori chicken marinadeMake the marinade. In a small bowl, add all the tandoori chicken marinade. Mix until well blended.

Coat the whole chicken with the tandoori marinade. Smear and massage the whole chicken ( inside and under the chicken skin) with half of the tandoori marinade to infuse the flavor of the marinade. Reserve half of the mixture for basting.

Truss the chicken with kitchen cotton twine. (Watch the recipe video on how to truss the chicken). Then marinate for at least 1 hour or best flavor overnight.

For the air fryer with rotisserie. Attach the chicken to the rotisserie spit rod (watch the video here).

For the air fryer with the drawer or without the rotisserie. Place the whole chicken in the air fryer basket with the chicken breast side up.

Cooking Time and Temperature

Air Fryer Whole Tandoori Chicken rotisserie tempAir fry the Whole Tandoori Chicken. Cook in a preheated air fryer at 400° F the 3lbs to 4lbs whole chicken for about 50 minutes to an hour or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the chicken (thighs) reaches 170°F to 180°F.

Air Fryer Whole Tandoori Chicken RotisserieAfter 45 minutes of cooking, brush with the remaining marinade. You may need to lower the temperature of your air fryer to 375° F to prevent darkening the exterior or chicken skin. Then continue cooking for another 10 to 15 minutes or until it reaches the desired internal cooking temperature.

Serving

Air Fryer Whole Tandoori Chicken_Remove from the air fryer and place on a serving plate with bastami rice. Let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Save the drippings and remove the excess oil to serve on the side or pour over the chicken if desired.

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Air Fryer Whole Tandoori Chicken (Rotisserie)

We present to you the sizzling and crispy sensation of Air fryer Tandoori Whole Chicken! This delectable dish takes the traditional Indian flavors of tandoori chicken and adds a creative twist by using the magic of air frying.
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Course: Main
Author: Maricel
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Marinating: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6

Watch How to Make It

Equipment

  • air fryer

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 lbs whole chicken

Chicken Tandoori Marinade

  • 3 tbsp Greek yogurt substitute with sour cream
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste minced or grated
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste minced or grated
  • ¾ tbsp kosher salt or to taste
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp coriander Toasted, ground
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp chili powder or cayenne to taste
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Prepare the whole chicken. Clean and pat dry with a paper towel. Trim and remove excess fat if desired.
  • In a small bowl, add all the tandoori chicken marinade. Mix until well blended.
  • Coat and massage the whole chicken ( inside and under the skin) with half of the tandoori marinade. Reserve half of the mixture for basting.
  • Truss the chicken with kitchen cotton twine. (Watch the video on how to truss the chicken). Then marinate for at least 1 hour or for the best flavor, marinate overnight.
  • For the air fryer with rotisserie. Attach the chicken to the rotisserie spit rod (watch the video here).
    For the air fryer with the drawer or without the rotisserie. Place the whole chicken in the air fryer basket with the chicken breast side up.
  • Cook in a preheated air fryer at 400° F the 3lbs to 4lbs whole chicken for about 50 minutes to an hour or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the chicken (thighs) reaches 170°F to 180°F.
    After 45 minutes of cooking, brush with the remaining marinade. You may need to lower the temperature of your air fryer to 375° F to prevent darkening the exterior or chicken skin. Then continue cooking for another 10 to 15 minutes or until it reaches the desired internal cooking temperature.
  • Remove from the air fryer and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Notes

Whole Chicken 3lbs to 4lbs -ideal size to fit in the air fryer with rotisserie. Depending on the size of your air fryer, or if using an air fryer with a drawer. You may use 5 lbs whole chicken then adjust the temperature and cooking time.
Cooking time and temperature
Please keep in mind, that depending on the brand and size of your air fryer, the temperature and cooking time may vary. 
Cook in a preheated air fryer at 400° F the 3lbs to 4lbs whole chicken for about 55 minutes to an hour or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the chicken (thighs) reaches 170°F to 180°F. 
After 45 minutes of cooking, you may need to lower the temperature of your air fryer to 375° F to prevent darkening the exterior or chicken skin. Then continue cooking for another 10 to 15 minutes or until it reaches the desired internal cooking temperature.
Serving
Remove from the air fryer and place on a serving plate with bastami rice. Let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Save the drippings and remove the excess oil to serve on the side or pour over the chicken if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Whole Tandoori Chicken (Rotisserie)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 314 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 957mg42%
Potassium 272mg8%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0.5g1%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 784IU16%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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