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Air Fried Crispy Chicken 65

Bite sized chicken pieces marinated in spices and popularly deep fried ... now AIR fried to crispy goodness!


  • Air Fryer


Marinate for 2 hours (or overnight if you can prep ahead)

  • 600g Chicken Thighs cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp ginger + garlic paste pound together 4 cloves garlic and small piece ginger
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 stalks curry leaves roughly chop the leaves, remove stalks
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder you may lessen to 1 tsp if making for kids too
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp egg white
  • A drop of red food colouring - to get the restaurant style Chicken 65 look. optional


  • 1 tbsp cornflour added just before air frying


  • *Add in corn flour to chicken pieces right before air frying. Combine it with chicken well.
  • Pre-heat Air Fryer at 200C for 5 mins.
  • Transfer half the chicken pieces onto a SINGLE layer on the grill pan. Air fry for 5 mins. Flip chicken and continue for 5-7 mins. Remove.
  • Repeat steps with remainder chicken. Remember to add in all the curry leaves from the marinade that may be stuck in the bowl you marinated the chicken in - and include in the air fryer.
  • Best enjoyed hot hot!


Read thru the tips for best results:
  • If marinated overnight, remove chicken from fridge and allow to come to room temperature before placing in air fryer (around 1 hour is best).
  • Don't overcrowd the grill pan - air must be able to circulate and air fry the chicken well to achieve crispy edges and sides. This amount of chicken best be done in two batches.
  • The egg white and corn flour will help achieve the crispy goodness this dish is so popular for. Remainder egg can be stored in a container in the fridge and fried up within 1 or 2 days.
  • Chicken thighs in my opinion are so much better than chicken breasts. Be sure they are bite sized
  • If using Kashmiri chilli powder, no food colouring is needed.
  • Remember to add in the corn flour right before air frying.
  • Preheating the AF is a must. Using a tempĀ  of 200C will help achieve crispy goodness to the sides and edges of the pieces.
  • Add in all curry leaves and whatever marinade from the bowl into the air fryer.
  • You can always re-heat these fellas for 2-3 minutes as they are best enjoyed hot hot!
Good luck!