Chicken Pakora air fryer served in an oval plate

Chicken Pakora

Chicken Pakora in Air fryer is a healthy chicken appetizer recipe that can be made within minutes. Thses healthy chicken pakora recipe is delicious, quick, easy & simple to make.
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Course: Appetizer, Entree, Healthy
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Chicken Pakora, Healthy Chicken Pakora Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 137kcal
Author: Meghna Chakraborty


  • 500 gms Bone-in chicken pieces cut into 1/2" pieces. You may use bone-less chicken pieces too.
  • 1 tsp Black Peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp whole coriander seeds
  • 1/3 + 1/3 cups cilantro or coriander leaves kept separately into 2 equal parts
  • 1 whole green chili you may add more too.
  • 2 tbsp ginger julienne
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 cup besan or garbanzo bean flour loosely packed
  • Water as needed


  • Start off by grinding the whole peppercorns, whole coriander seeds, 1/3 cup cilantro leaves & the green chili in a mortar & pestle. If you do not own a mortar or pestle then do grind them in a regular mixer grinder. Just be careful not to over grind them into a paste. They should a have a lot of texture left. Refer the Video. Set aside after grinding the masala.
  • Next, in a clean dry bowl add take the chicken pieces. Add the ground masala to it, the ginger julienne, the sliced onions & mix well until the chicken pieces are evenly coated with the masala. Set aside to rest for 10 mins (optional).
  • Now, add the 1/3 cup cilantro leaves, the turmeric powder, the lemon juice & the salt to the marinated chicken pieces. Mix well for convenience.
  • It's time to add the besan flour or the garbanzo bean flour bit by bit & add water in parts (spoonfuls I would suggest to be more careful). Mix well with the help of a spoon until you get a nice thick coating over the chicken pieces. Keep aside.
  • Prep the air fryer by coating the basket with just one spray of oil.
  • Next, arrange the batter coated chicken pieces in the basket in a single layer. DO NOT over crowd.
  • Spray oil & put the basket inside the air fryer.
  • Switch on the air fryer. Press the AIR FRY button. Then set the temperature to 350 F & the time to 6 mins. 
  • Press the START button to begin air frying the chicken pakoras.
  • After 6 mins when you hear a beep sound, carefully take out the basket. & flip the chick pieces. 
  • Air fry them for more 3 mins in the same settings following the same above mentioned method.
  • If you want to check the chicken pakoras in between the air frying process just press the PAUSE button & take out the basket to check them. Once done put the basket inside the air frying will resume automatically.
  • Serve them hot with your favorite dip & enjoy!



  1. You may use either bone-in or boneless chicken pieces to make your chicken pakoras in air fryer.
  2. Do not over crowd your sir fryer.
  3. It's wise to place the pakoras in one single layer. If you have to cater a large crowd. Air fry them in batches. But do not be tempted to over crowd them in the air fryer basket.
  4. If you want to replace the green chili in this recipe, go ahead do that. Just increase the amount of peppercorns by tsp.
  5. For nice, crispy, golden chicken pakoras in air fryer always spray them with oil. Just one spray should be sufficient.
  6. If you want to check the pakoras in between the air frying process so not turn the whole machine off! Just press the PAUSE button & go ahead with your checking process. When you are done just put the basket in & the process will resume automatically from where you left it! That's the beauty of an air fryer.
  7. Always prepare a thick batter for air fried recipes.
  8. The trick is to add the besan flour & water bit by bit , in parts I mean and not all at once. 

Measuring cup used, 1 cup = 240 ml & 1 teaspoon = 5 ml.

PLEASE NOTE: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet or special diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator!
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Pakora
Amount Per Serving
Calories 137 Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value*
Fat 3.3g5%
Saturated Fat 0.2g1%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 60mg2%
Carbohydrates 21.3g7%
Fiber 5.7g24%
Sugar 3.7g4%
Protein 6.8g14%
Calcium 470mg47%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Read our privacy policy - Calorie information is provided as a courtesy only and should be leveraged as an estimate rather than a guarantee.Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.3g | Protein: 6.8g | Fat: 3.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 5.7g | Sugar: 3.7g | Calcium: 470mg | Iron: 0.4mg