Tandoori Chicken Wings

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Tandoori Chicken Wings are a delicious Indian appetizer made with a few simple ingredients. My easy recipe makes them in an air fryer or an oven.

If you like this recipe, try Cajun Chicken Wings, Korean Gochujang Chicken Wings, Chicken Tikka, Fish Fingers, and Lemon Pepper Chicken Tenders.

Tandoori chicken wings served on a plate.
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My tandoori masala marinade is a hit, so now I use the same base recipe to make many variations. Tandoori appetizers are a great appetizer option for parties. They are also a healthy dinner option. So, I am all geared up to share a few tandoori-style recipes soon. Starting with this Tandoori flavored chicken wings.

About Tandoori Chicken Wings

Tandoori Wings are a delicious Indian appetizer. Chicken wings are marinated in a spicy yogurt-based marinade and then air-fried or roasted in an oven until nicely cooked.

Tandoori wings are similar to the classic tandoori chicken; only wings are used in this recipe instead of other chicken pieces.

Like the tandoori chicken recipe, wings are marinated twice and cooked until golden brown and crisp.

They are easy to make, use simple pantry ingredients, and need only 15 minutes of active preparation time.

You can cook the marinated tandoori wings in an oven or an air fryer. You can also use a gas grill or charcoal fire to cook these.

Serve these tandoori-style wings as an appetizer with green chutney, sliced onions, and lime wedges for house parties, potlucks, or festive dinners.

I love trying new Indian Appetizer Recipes and serving them for my house parties. Do check them out.

Ingredients

Chicken Wings

You can use fresh or frozen wings. If using frozen wings, thaw them completely, pat them dry with a kitchen towel, and then use them in the recipe.

You can use full wings or cut them into drum and wingettes (flats).

For The First Marination

You will need ginger garlic paste, freshly squeezed lime juice, Kashmiri red chili powder, baking soda, and salt.

Adding baking soda will make the tandoori wings super crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

For The Second Marination

You will need mustard oil, Kashmiri red chili powder, thick yogurt (curd, dahi), tandoori masala powder, and kasuri methi.

Mustard oil is highly recommended for the authentic tandoori taste. If it’s not available, then use any cooking oil.

Make tandoori masala powder at home, or use a store-bought one.

The marination will not stick to the wings if the yogurt is not thick. So make sure to use thick, plain yogurt or Greek yogurt.

You will also need butter or ghee to baste the wings while cooking.

Add garam masala and black pepper powder to the marinade for extra heat.

Some people add red food coloring to their recipes to give them a dark red color, but I do not use it.

How To Make Tandoori Wings

Do The First Marination

Rinse 2 lb chicken wings (halved at joints, wingtips discarded) and dry them using paper towels.

Add the following ingredients to a bowl and mix well.

  • 2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
Ginger garlic paste, chili powder, lime juice, salt and baking soda added to a bowl.
Mix well.

Add the wings to the bowl.

Mix well and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Chicken wings added to the bowl.
Mixed well.

Do The Second Marination

Add the following ingredients to the bowl and mix well.

  • 1 tablespoon mustard oil
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon thick yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon tandoori masala
  • 1 tablespoon Kasuri methi
Mustard oil, chili powder, yogurt, tandoori masala and kasuri methi added to the bowl.
Mixed well.

Cook The Tandoori Wings

In An Air Fryer

Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes.

Remove the wings from the marinade and place them in the air fryer basket in a single layer. 

Note – Air fry in batches if the basket is small.

Brush them generously with ghee or butter to help them crisp up. 

Chicken wings placed in the air fryer basket.

Place the basket in the air fryer and air fry for 10 minutes.

Wings air fried for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, flip the wings over, brush them with ghee or butter, and continue to cook for an additional 5-10 minutes or until they are crispy and cooked through.

Tandoori wings are ready. Serve hot.

Ready tandoori chicken wings.

In An Oven

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top.

Arrange the wings on the wire rack in a single layer, brush with ghee or butter, and bake for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, flip the wings over, brush them with ghee or butter, and continue to bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until they are crispy and cooked through.

Serve hot.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to prepare whole chicken wings?

Start by placing a whole chicken wing on the cutting board. A whole chicken wing consists of three main sections: the drumette, the wingette (the midsection or flat), and the wing tip.

Locate the joint between the drumette and the wingette. The two sections meet at a natural bend in the wing.

Using a sharp knife, cut through this joint to separate the drumette from the wingette. Apply some pressure if needed, but be cautious and maintain control of the knife.

Once you’ve separated the drumette from the wingette, chop off the wing tip and discard it. Use drummettes and wingettes in your chicken wing recipe.

How to make thick yogurt using regular yogurt?

Place a strainer over a bowl.
Take a cheesecloth or muslin cloth and line the strainer with it, ensuring enough cloth hanging from the edges. 
Pour the yogurt into the lined strainer. 
Gather the ends of the cloth and tie them together to create a bundle.
Allow the yogurt to strain by placing the bowl with the strainer and yogurt in the refrigerator. This process usually takes 4 to 6 hours, but you can leave it overnight for a thicker consistency.
The liquid (whey) will separate and collect in the bowl as the yogurt strains, while the solids (thick yogurt) will remain in the cloth bundle.
After the desired straining time, remove the strainer from the bowl and unwrap the cloth.
Transfer the hung yogurt to a clean container and refrigerate. It can be stored for about a week.

How to reheat leftover chicken wings?

Reheat the refrigerated wings in the air fryer at 350°F for about 5 minutes. To make them extra crispy, increase the temperature to 400°F and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
To reheat in the oven, place the leftover tandoori wings on a foil-lined baking sheet and reheat at 350°F for about 15 minutes.

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Tandoori Chicken Wings Recipe (Air Fryer + Oven)

Tandoori Chicken Wings is a delicious Indian appetizer made using a few simple ingredients. Make them in an air fryer or an oven using my easy recipe.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Marination Time: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

For The First Marination

  • 2 pounds chicken wings (1 kg, halved at joints, wingtips discarded)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

For The Second Marination

  • 1 tablespoon mustard oil (or any other cooking oil)
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 2 tablespoon thick yogurt (curd, dahi) (or Greek yogurt)
  • 2 tablespoons tandoori masala powder
  • 1 tablespoon Kasuri methi

Others

  • ghee or butter (for basting)
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Instructions 

Do The First Marination

  • Rinse the wings and wipe them dry using paper towels
  • Add ginger garlic paste, lime juice, Kashmiri red chili powder, salt, and baking soda to a mixing bowl and mix well.
  • Add the wings to the bowl.
  • Mix well and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Do The Second Marination

  • Add mustard oil, Kashmiri red chili powder, thick yogurt, tandoori masala, and Kasuri methi to the bowl and mix well.

Cook The Wings

    In An Air Fryer

    • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes.
    • Remove the wings from the marinade and place them in the air fryer basket in a single layer. 
    • Note – Air fry in batches if the basket is small.
    • Brush them generously with butter or ghee to help them crisp up. 
    • Place the basket in the air fryer and air fry for 10 minutes.
    • After 10 minutes, flip the wings over, brush them with butter or ghee, and continue to cook for an additional 5-10 minutes or until they are crispy and cooked through.
    • Tandoori wings are ready. Serve them hot.

    In An Oven

    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
    • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top.
    • Arrange the wings on the wire rack in a single layer, brush with ghee or butter, and bake for 15 minutes.
    • After 15 minutes, flip the wings over, brush them with ghee or butter, and continue to bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until they are crispy and cooked through.
    • Serve hot.

    Video

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    Notes

    If using frozen wings, thaw them completely, pat them dry using a kitchen towel, and then use them in the recipe.
    You can use full wings or cut them into drum and wingettes (flats).

    Nutrition

    Calories: 319kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 96mg, Sodium: 762mg, Potassium: 251mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 498IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 41mg, Iron: 1mg
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