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5 from 17 votes
Cook Time : 22 mins
Total Time : 1 hr 7 mins
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Last Updated on October 18, 2022 by Corinne Schmitt

This Air Fryer Curry Chicken is a quick and easy way to get your curry fix! This easy recipe is a great way to enjoy a takeout favorite at home without spending time and money at a restaurant. 

If you enjoy making takeout favorites at home like this air fryer tandoori chicken, then this is the recipe for you. The tender chicken is cooked in a creamy curry sauce and you get to control the amount of heat in your recipe. 

Air Fryer Curry Chicken with basmati rice in a serving bowl and garnished with cilantro.

Curried Chicken

Did you know that curry is packed with health benefits such as being rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory? Curry is also known to boost cognitive function and improve digestion. So not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s also good for you!

Why I Love This Recipe

Curry chicken is a favorite at our house. This easy recipe can be cooked in the air fryer oven for an appetizing dish that’s sure to please even your pickiest eater!

  • Easy to make
  • Perfect for picky eaters
  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma

If you love air fryer recipes like this one you may also enjoy this air fryer sesame chicken recipe.

Ingredients

Air Fryer Curry Chicken ingredients.

You only need a handful of ingredients to help you make this air fryer recipe. All of these ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery store. You may already have most of the ingredients on hand, which can save you a trip to the store. 

curry powder – you can find this in the seasoning aisle at your local store.

chicken breasts – I used boneless skinless chicken breasts for this recipe. 

Substitutions

Coconut Milk: Instead of using heavy cream to make this tasty recipe, you can use coconut milk if you want a dairy-free option. 

Chicken: If you are out of chicken breasts or can’t find them you can use cut up boneless skinless chicken thighs instead. 

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Here are a couple of ways that you can personalize this recipe and add more flavor to it. 

Spice: Add more heat to this recipe by adding additional cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes.

Vegetables: Add in some chopped vegetables to this recipe such as broccoli, carrots, or peppers. 

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a handful of kitchen tools to help you make this hearty and flavorful air fryer chicken recipe. Gather these tools and get ready to enjoy this tasty meal. 

  • air fryer – You will need at least a 6- qt air fryer to make this recipe. 
  • shallow pan – You need a pan that will fit into your air fryer such as a cake pan or pie plate. 

How to Make Air Fryer Curry Chicken

Making this air fryer curry chicken recipe is simple. Just follow these instructions and you will have a meal that your entire family will love in no time at all. 

Step 1: In a large bowl combine the chicken, onion and garlic, and spices

In a mixing bowl, add the chicken, onion, and garlic. Add the oil and spices and mix. Marinade for 30 minutes. 

Chicken, onion and garlic, and spices in a large bowl.

Step 2: Add the chicken to a shallow pan 

Place curry into a pan that fits your air fryer basket. Use a shallow pan to spread out the chicken. 

The chicken mixture in a shallow pan in the Air fryer basket.

Step 3: Air fry the curry chicken for 15 minutes 

Set the air fryer to 400°F and cook for 15 minutes. 

cooked Curry chicken in the air fryer.

Step 4: Mix together the cornstarch slurry and cream

Remove cooked chicken and juices to a mixing bowl. Add cream and cornstarch slurry. Mix.

cream and cornstarch slurry added to the chicken mixture in a mixing bowl.

Step 5: Return the chicken to the air fryer 

Place back in the pan and air fryer basket. Cook at 400°F for 7 more minutes.

curry chicken mixture in the pan in the air fryer.

Step 6: Garnish and serve

Remove and serve topped with chopped cilantro and paired with basmati rice and fresh warm naan. 

Air Fryer Curry Chicken with basmati rice in a serving bowl with spices, naan and spoon on the side.

Serving Suggestions

Here are a few of the side dishes that I like to serve with this air-fried chicken recipe. 

Air Fryer Curry Chicken with basmati rice in a serving bowl with spices, naan and spoon on the side.

Pro Tips

Here are a few tips to help make sure that this chicken turns out well for you every time that you make it. 

  • Be sure to use a pan or basket that will fit in your air fryer. 
  • If you are using chicken thighs, you may need to add a little extra time to ensure that the chicken is done. 
  • Try to cut your chicken into similar-sized pieces so that the chicken cooks evenly. 
  • Use an instant-read meat thermometer to make sure that your chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Add some crunch to this recipe by adding peanuts or cashews. 

FAQs

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions for this recipe. 

How to store

You can store this curry chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days.

How to reheat

You can reheat this chicken in the air fryer or in the oven. If you are using the air fryer, set it to 400°F and cook for 5 minutes. If you are using the oven, preheat it to 350°F and place the chicken on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

Can I freeze curry chicken? 

Yes, you can freeze this chicken. Place it in a freezer-safe container and it will keep for up to 3 months. When you are ready to eat it, thaw it overnight in the fridge then reheat it according to the instructions above. 

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Air Fryer Chicken Curry

Corinne Schmitt
This Air Fryer Curry Chicken is a quick and easy way to get your curry fix!
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 1 hr 7 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 356 kcal

Equipment

  • 6 quart air fyrer
  • Large bowl
  • shallow baking dish

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion chopped
  • 1 ½ tablespoons garlic cloves minced
  • 5 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 2 teaspoons water
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • chopped cilantro for garnish
  • ½ teasoon cayenne powder optional

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.

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Notes

  • Be sure to use a pan or basket that will fit in your air fryer.
  • If you are using chicken thighs, you may need to add a little extra time to ensure that the chicken is done.
  • Try to cut your chicken into similar-sized pieces so that the chicken cooks evenly.
  • Use an instant-read meat thermometer to make sure that your chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Add some crunch to this recipe by adding peanuts or cashews.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 356kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 38gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 131mgSodium: 206mgPotassium: 766mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 420IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 2mg
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