Air Fryer Chicken Skewers

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Did you know you can create BBQ-style chicken skewers without using an actual BBQ? These Chicken Skewers turn out incredibly juicy and perfectly smoked by using an air fryer and a simple trick involving a piece of coal. It’s a fantastic kitchen hack!

Air Fryer Chicken Skewers

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Servings 7


  • 1 1/2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken thighs, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of ginger paste
  • 1/4 cup of plain whole milk yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of 7 spice
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander
  • 1 teaspoon of chili flakes


  • Start by placing the cubed chicken in a bowl. Add lemon juice, tomato paste, olive oil, salt, garlic, ginger, yogurt, chili powder, 7 spice, coriander, and chili flakes. Mix everything well and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes, or even overnight if you have the time.
  • Once marinated, thread the chicken pieces onto skewers. If you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in water for about 30 minutes to prevent burning. Aim for about 6 to 7 pieces per skewer.
  • Place the skewers in the air fryer and cook at 400°F for 6 to 8 minutes. Rotate the skewers and cook for another 6 to 8 minutes until both sides are golden brown.
  • Turn off the air fryer and leave it open to stop the cooking process.
  • Next, ignite a piece of coal over an open flame until it turns white all over. Place the coal in a small bowl made of foil and put it in the air fryer. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the coal to create smoke. Seal the air fryer shut, but don’t turn it on. This will infuse the skewers with a delicious smoky flavor. Leave them covered for about 10 minutes.
  • Finally, remove the skewers from the air fryer and serve them warm. Enjoy your flavorful BBQ-style chicken skewers!

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