Air Fryer Curry Chicken

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This Air Fryer Curry Chicken is a perfect quick way to make a healthier version of your favorite chicken curry. This simple recipe pairs well with so many things. It is easy to make this takeout favorite at home.

Air Fryer Curry Chicken in a bowl with rice and topped with chopped cilantro.

Air Fry Curry is so much healthier. By cooking with the hot air in the air fryer basket, you can reduce fat and save as much as seventy percent of the calories of a traditional curry.


If you want more tempting Chicken Air Fryer Recipes, check these out:

Air Fryer Tandoori Chicken | Air Fryer Spring Roll Recipe | Air Fryer Chicken Bites


What We Love About This Recipe

If you love Indian Food and want a great way to make it fast and easy, then you need to make this air fryer curry chicken recipe. Bon Appetit explains the complexity of curry, a combination of things such as turmeric, cumin, red pepper, cinnamon, etc.

  • Air Fryer Recipes: A delicious meal that cooks in less than 25 minutes.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry, really only nine simple ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: A great way to introduce your family to Indian food.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, dairy free, etc.
Air Fryer Curry Chicken ingredients.

Ingredient Notes

  • Chicken: Dice chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes. You can also use boneless chicken thighs.
  • Olive oil: Also try avocado oil or your other favorite vegetable oil.
  • Onion: A small chopped onion.
  • Garlic: Four cloves minced.
  • Spices: Curry Powder, ginger powder, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and salt.
  • Heavy Cream: You can also use coconut cream or coconut milk.
Air Fryer Chicken Curry in a bowl with rice and topped with chopped cilantro.

Equipment Needed

  • Air Fryer
  • Cutting Board
  • Sharp Knife
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Measuring Cups

How to Make Curry Powder Chicken Curry Recipe

These are the basic steps for making air fryer curry chicken. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

STEP 1: MIX

First, in a mixing bowl, add the chicken, onion, and garlic. Add the oil and spices, and mix. Marinate for 30 minutes. Place curry into a pan that fits your air fryer basket. Use a shallow pan to spread out the chicken.

a collage of 3 images showing how to season the curry chicken.

STEP 2: AIR FRYER

Next, set the air fryer to 400°F and cook for 15 minutes. Remove cooked chicken and juices to a mixing bowl. Add cream and corn-starch slurry. Mix. Place back in the pan and air fryer basket. Cook at 400°F for 7 more minutes.

a collage of 3 images showing how to cook the air fryer chicken curry.

STEP 3: SERVE

Finally, remove and serve topped with chopped cilantro, and paired with basmati rice and fresh warm naan.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

You can prep your chicken in advance. Store in an airtight container or zip top bag in the refrigerator for up to two days.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for about two days. Discard after that.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Leftovers can be frozen in a freezer bag or zip top bag for up to six months; however, there could be changes in the texture and flavor.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until warmed through.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

You can make this recipe with air fryer cauliflower if you wish.

CAN I MAKE THE CURRY HOTTER?

Of course, you can add some red curry paste or extra cayenne powder.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JAPANESE CURRY AND INDIAN CURRY?

Japanese curry is usually a stew, and Indian Curry usually refers to those dishes that are saucy and made with spices like cumin, coriander, and turmeric.

WHAT TEMPERATURE SHOULD THE CHICKEN BE COOKED TO?

The USDA states that chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees on a meat thermometer.

Air Fryer Curry Chicken in a bowl with rice and topped with chopped cilantro.

Expert Tips for Making This Katsu Chicken Recipe

  • Make Extra: Make more creamy curry sauce, because it is great over your rice or vegetables, such as green beans. The whole family loves the bold flavor of this sauce.
  • Add Chopped Cilantro: Finish with cilantro or fresh parsley for a hint of freshness.
  • Low Carb: Feel free to use a cauliflower rice or other low carb vegetables.
  • Cooking tip: Make sure that your chicken is in a single layer for even cooking.
  • Alternate ingredient: Add any vegetables you like such as carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, etc.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: This recipe can also be cooked in the Instant Pot, check here.

What to Serve with Air Fryer Curry Chicken

Air Fryer Curry Chicken

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This Air Fryer Curry Chicken is a perfect quick way to make a healthier version of your favorite chicken curry. This simple recipe pairs well with so many things. It is easy to make this takeout favorite at home.
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Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes

Equipment

  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped (1 cup)
  • 4 garlic cloves minced (1 1/2 Tablespoons)
  • 5 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon corn-starch mixed with 2 teaspoons water
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, add the chicken, onion, and garlic. Add the oil and spices and mix. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Place curry into a pan that fits your air fryer basket. Use a shallow pan to spread out the chicken.
  • Set the air fryer to 400°F and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Remove cooked chicken and juices to a mixing bowl. Add cream and corn-starch slurry. Mix.
  • Place back in the pan and air fryer basket. Cook at 400°F for 7 more minutes.
  • Remove and serve topped with chopped cilantro and paired with basmati rice and fresh warm naan.

Expert Tips

  • Make Extra: Make more creamy curry sauce, because it is great over your rice or vegetables, such as green beans. The whole family loves the bold flavor of this sauce.
  • Add Chopped Cilantro: Finish with cilantro or fresh parsley for a hint of freshness.
  • Low Carb: Feel free to use a cauliflower rice or other low carb vegetables.
  • Cooking tip: Make sure that your chicken is in a single layer for even cooking.
  • Alternate ingredient: Add any vegetables you like such as carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, etc.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: This recipe can also be cooked in the Instant Pot, check here.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 210mg | Potassium: 746mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 368IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg

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This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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