How to Make Chicken Curry in the Air Fryer

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Can You Make Curry in the Air Fryer?

While it may not be the most conventional method of making curry, you CAN make curry in the air fryer. This recipe is delicious and fun. If you are looking for a new way to use your air fryer, then you need to try this chicken curry recipe in the air fryer!

Note: If this is your first time using your air fryer, I recommend that you check out this Air Fryer 101 guide and start with trying some of these simple air fryer recipes

Air Fryer Chicken Curry Ingredients

This recipe is packed with great flavors that really pop. For this recipe, you will need:

  • 1/2-1 pound chicken, cubed
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin 
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (plus a little more)
  • 1/3 teaspoon chili powder 
  • Fresh coriander, for topping 

Air Fryer Chicken Curry

The fun thing about this recipe is that we are making all of it in the air fryer. This recipe goes faster if you have two air fryers, but will work if you only have one.

First, you need to make the sauce. Make sure that you place the tomatoes cut side up with the onion in a small pan. I like to use an air fryer cake barrel, but you can use any oven safe dish that fits in your air fryer basket. Then, roast the tomatoes in the air fryer at 320°F/160°C for 25 minutes, or until they are soft and charred.

How Do You Make Curry Sauce in the Air Fryer?

Once the tomatoes and onions are cooked, add in the garlic, ginger, butter, curry powder, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, and chili powder. Cook for an additional 5 minutes in the air fryer. 

Next, puree everything with the cream. You can either do this with an immersion blender in the dish, or you can transfer the contents to a food process and return to the dish.

Air Fryer Pro Tip: Cook the Chicken in the Air Fryer

Place the chicken in the air fryer basket and lightly spray with oil and sprinkle with paprika. Cook in the air fryer at 380°F/190°C and cook for 5-8 minutes, or until cooked through.

The chicken will be done once it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F/74°C with an instant read food thermometer.

Air Fryer Pro Tip: Download and print this FREE internal temperature guide to make sure all your foods are completely cooked before consuming! 

You can cook the chicken in a second air fryer during the last 10 minutes of the sauce.

Chicken Curry in the Air Fryer

Once the chicken is finished, combine it with the sauce. Warm up the sauce by placing the curry in the air fryer basket and cooking for a final 3-5 minutes.

Enjoy this recipe with rice or naan. This homemade flatbread recipe is one of my favorite go-to recipes when I’m in a pinch for time!

Final Thoughts

Air fryer chicken curry is such a fun recipe. If you are wanting to be more adventurous with your air fryer, then this is the recipe to make! Let me know in the comments below how this recipe went for you!

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Air Fryer Chicken Curry

Chicken curry in the air fryer is a fun and tasty recipe that will surprise you!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 2
Adjust Servings: 2

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1/2-1 pound chicken cubed
  • 2 tomatoes sliced in half
  • ½ medium onion sliced or diced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger grated
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika plus a little more for the chicken
  • teaspoon chili powder
  • cup heavy cream
  • fresh coriander for topping

Instructions

Make the Sauce

  • With an air fryer cake barrel or other similar oven-safe dish, place the tomatoes (sliced side up) and onion. Cook at 320°F/160°C for 25 minutes, or until they are soft and charred. 
  • Once the tomatoes and onions are cooked, add and mix in the garlic, ginger, butter, curry powder, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, and chili powder. Cook for an additional 5 minutes in the air fryer. 
  • Puree everything with the heavy cream using an immersion blender or food processor. Cover and set aside.

Cook the Chicken

  • Place the cubed chicken in the air fryer basket. Lightly spray the chicken with oil and sprinkle with paprika. Cook in the air fryer at 380°F/190°C for 5-8 minutes, or until cooked through. (The chicken will be done once it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F/74°C with an instant read food thermometer).

Combine & Enjoy

  • Once the chicken is finished, combine it with the sauce. Warm up the sauce by placing the curry in the air fryer basket and cooking for a final 3-5 minutes.
  • Enjoy this recipe with rice and/or naan. Top with the fresh coriander.

Nutrition

Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 44g | Sodium: 132mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g

Recipe Adapted From: Happy Veggie Kitchen

Ingredients: Chicken, Chili powder, Coriander, Cumin, Curry, Garlic, Ginger, Heavy Cream, Paprika, Tomato
Meal Type: Main Dish, Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Categories: Meat and Poultry, Air Fryer

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