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Air Fryer Whole Chicken The best use of your air fryer is making this rotisserie style air fryer whole chicken. The meat is juicy and the skin is extra crispy...you are going to love how easy it is!

Air Fryer Whole Chicken

I have made several things in my air fryer that I love, but I think this Air Fryer whole chicken is my new favorite.  The chicken is perfectly juicy and the skin is extra crispy.  My family gives it rave reviews!

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I have lots of other air fryer recipes including: Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts, Air Fryer Bacon, Air Fryer Chicken Wings, and Air Fryer Lasagna.

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HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER WHOLE CHICKEN

This recipe is super easy but I have a few tricks that will ensure that your chicken does not dry out before it is cooked all of the way through.

I started with a chicken that was approximately 5 pounds and I use my 5.7 quart air fryer.  You can use a smaller chicken but the cooking time would need to be reduced.

I removed all of the stuff from the cavity and seasoned it generously with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, dried basil, dried oregano, and dried thyme.

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Now it’s time to put the chicken in the air fryer basket breast side down.  After experimenting, I discovered that if I left the legs up then it was hard to get the basket to open and the chicken legs got way over cooked.  Breast Side down for the first 50 minutes of cook time keeps everything nice and moist.

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I cooked the chicken at 360F for 50 minutes breast side down, then I flipped it and did 10 more minutes.  It is important to make sure the internal temperature of the breast is 165F.  Continue cooking until the temperature is reached.

I am telling you now, you will not believe how delicious and juicy this chicken is.

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VIDEO TUTORIAL FOR AIR FRYER WHOLE CHICKEN

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Air Fryer Whole Chicken

The best use of your air fryer is making this air fryer whole chicken. The meat is juicy and the skin is extra crispy...you are going to love how easy it is!
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Chicken recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 271kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 5 pound Whole chicken, giblets removed
  • 2 Tablespoons Avocado oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika (I prefer smoked paprika)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried thyme

Instructions

  • Combine all of the seasonings with the oil to make a paste and spread it all over the chicken.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray.  Place the chicken in the basket breast side down and cook at 360F for 50 minutes.  Flip the chicken to breast side up and cook for an additional 10 minutes.  
  • Check to make sure the breast meat has an internal temperature of 165F.  Carve and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 271kcal
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    • Art Poehler
    • September 17, 2019
    Reply

    It was the moistest crispy chicken that I have ever eaten! Better than even Costco’s Rotisserie Chicken! Hands down delicious!!! Definitely will make many times again! It made four meals for a single person and chicken salad tomorrow! Absolutely love it!

    • MELANIE
    • September 17, 2019
    Reply

    I made this and it came out great. It was a bit salty for my taste, I would like to cut back on that. Do you think I just adjust the other spices or would they be fine as is with 1/2 the salt?

      • jenniferbanz
      • September 17, 2019
      Reply

      Should be fine as is with half the salt

    • Barbara
    • September 9, 2019
    Reply

    Can I use extra virgin olive oil?

      • jenniferbanz
      • September 9, 2019
      Reply

      You can but it might smoke

    • Pamela Payne
    • August 9, 2019
    Reply

    I cooked mine at 370 and for about 15 minutes longer because it was a 6 lb chicken, but it came out perfect. Smoked the house up a little because the chicken was so big it touched the top of the fryer, but not too bad and it was worth it. It’s over 100 outside and I didn’t have to heat up my kitchen.

    • beanpip
    • July 4, 2019
    Reply

    This was the first thing I made in my new Air Fryer and I can’t believe how amazing it was! Usually when I cook a roast chicken in the oven it ends up swimming in ‘water’ but when I opened up the air fryer there was hardly a drop in the bottom of which I suppose means all the juices stayed in the chicken making it so tender and juicy! Thank you so much for the recipe! (The herbs and spices rub was soooo good!)

      • jenniferbanz
      • July 5, 2019
      Reply

      So glad you liked the recipe!

        • Aliecia
        • July 27, 2019

        This recipe is amazing as is. I made no changes and it turned out extremely tender with the most amazing crispy skin. My husband’s first reaction was Mmmmmm with a huge grin. This is the best recipe I have ever tried online and am truly glad I found it. Thank you so much for sharing and I look forward to finding other gems you have created!

      • Ben
      • August 9, 2019
      Reply

      Just got an air fryer and looked online for recipes. This was the first meal I tried. My Family loved it! I roasted veggies as a side dish. Thanks for a great introduction to air fryers.

    • Christine
    • July 3, 2019
    Reply

    This was juicy & tasty, however, my 5lb chicken was not cooked after the allotted time and temperature. I added 10 minutes and the legs still looked pink/bloody. My husband ended up cutting the legs off and cooking them separately for a little longer. I actually think the breasts could have used a little more time as well. Perhaps my air fryer is too small for a 5lb bird (it did fill up the basket).

    • Sandy
    • June 25, 2019
    Reply

    Roast chicken is my favorite meal for the air fryer. But what do I do if I forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer to defrost? Can I just add time to the second side? Thanks for a yummy recipe.

      • jenniferbanz
      • June 27, 2019
      Reply

      A whole chicken would really need to thaw. The Air Fryer doesn’t really do well with frozen meat, in my experience.

        • Lori
        • July 1, 2019

        Jennifer, do you know approximately how many carbs this has? I’m prepping for surgery in 2 weeks and can have no more than 30g of carbs a day.

        • jenniferbanz
        • July 2, 2019

        It’s just chicken and spices so I would guess no more than 1 carb per serving

    • Linda
    • June 19, 2019
    Reply

    The best. I used my fresh herbs.

    • Brittany
    • June 16, 2019
    Reply

    My family’s favorite! Thank you for coming up with this awesomely simple recipe!

      • Annette
      • June 28, 2019
      Reply

      I can’t wait to try this so we can enjoy a “roasted” chicken without heating up the whole house!

        • jenniferbanz
        • June 29, 2019

        That’s why I love this recipe!

    • MJ Flees
    • June 13, 2019
    Reply

    Simple,fast prep, delicious

    • Cheryl
    • June 11, 2019
    Reply

    Truly, this recipe is AMAZING and being keto, I love using the drippings on the servings of chicken. It is delicious and FAR healthier than any store bought rotisserie chicken that has all sorts of sugar in it. THANK YOU for sharing this!!

    • Sharon Smith
    • June 9, 2019
    Reply

    I made this recipe with everything other than the avocado oil I did not have, I used olive oil but it was superb! Juicy on the inside and a nice crisp skin. Delicious!!

    • Babetta Brothers
    • June 6, 2019
    Reply

    Can’t believe how tasty and juicy this chicken is. You can’t go wrong using this recipe!

    • Bryan McMinn
    • June 4, 2019
    Reply

    Tried this recipe for the first time last week, using a 6lb whole chicken. Thank you so much. It turned out great and no leftovers. The wife and kids say they cant wait to try it again.

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    With Three Teens

    • Lisa
    • May 31, 2019
    Reply

    This is so easy and delicious!! A win and I’ve cooked 3 chickens in the air fryer with this recipe and they were all fabulous!!

    • Metric Hunter
    • May 30, 2019
    Reply

    Awesome, love this recipe. Thanks for posting this ! My chicken was yum yum yum!

    • Laura A.
    • May 23, 2019
    Reply

    Amazing! First time I air fried an entire chicken and this recipe was incredible. The spices tasted a bit like KFC!

    • Vanessa May
    • May 22, 2019
    Reply

    I made mine with lemon pepper it was amazing. I did put butter under the skin with the seasoning and it didn’t burn thankfully. Husband loved it! Will be making this again.

    • Dianne
    • May 21, 2019
    Reply

    I happened to have a 5 lb chicken that needed cooking by today. Was looking to spatchcock it but the recipes for that cooking style did not advise it for this size bird. I am so happy I found this recipe. This was one of the most flavorful and juicy chickens I have ever done. Thanks Jenifer for a great recipe!

    • Jami
    • May 15, 2019
    Reply

    Best chicken I have very made! Easiest too!

    • Elizabeth Wegner
    • May 9, 2019
    Reply

    Used the same seasoning that we use when grilling and it was great!

    • Gareth Barker
    • April 25, 2019
    Reply

    I’m pretty new to airfrier. I have a tiny 1.2lb chicken in my fridge. What do you think is good for cooking time? I guess about 1/3 on the seasoning should be fine.

      • jenniferbanz
      • April 25, 2019
      Reply

      Yes, I would do 1/3 of the seasoning and start with a 20 minute cook. If it has a temp of 150F, flip and finish the cook.

    • Dana Treitler
    • April 22, 2019
    Reply

    Those was first meal in an air fryer and it was AWESOME! It was tasty, juicy, tender and full of flavor. I will make this again. So Easy ~ So Good!!!

    • Lisa L
    • April 11, 2019
    Reply

    I bought a Dash Airfryer on Amazon and couldn’t wait to try this recipe out! I followed the directions, cooked it at 350 for 30 mins, turned it over , and cooked it another 20 mins and used a 5 lb chicken. It was delicious. In a separate pan, I added cornstarch to thicken all the juices from the bottom of the pan, and that made it even better! I served this with a cauliflower mushroom risotto found on Yummly. I cooked another one for my son and his wife and they loved it too!

      • jenniferbanz
      • April 15, 2019
      Reply

      That sounds like a delicious dinner!

    • Ann M.
    • March 21, 2019
    Reply

    Cooked a whole chicken in a 6 Qt Air Fryer. Just a little under 5 lbs. Recipe was very easy to follow. Chicken was delicious. Very moist. Will make this again. Did not deviate from recipe.

    • Stephanie
    • March 12, 2019
    Reply

    What setting did you use on the Air fryer? Debating if I should use roast or airfry?

      • jenniferbanz
      • March 14, 2019
      Reply

      Mine only has one setting

    • Julie Wright
    • March 2, 2019
    Reply

    I am excited to try this recipe however for whatever reason my air fryer only allows increments of 25 degrees…. Would you recommend going lower to 350 for a longer period of time or higher to 375 for a shorter period of time…?? Any thoughts???

      • jenniferbanz
      • March 3, 2019
      Reply

      I would go lower to 350

    • Shelly
    • February 28, 2019
    Reply

    So I did it just like you said and OMG!!! So delicious!!!! Chicken was juicy and skin was crispy and flavorful!!!

      • jenniferbanz
      • March 1, 2019
      Reply

      It is the best way to make a whole chicken! So glad you liked it!

    • Rebecca
    • February 18, 2019
    Reply

    Perfect! The skin was amazing!!!!

    • Sandra
    • February 10, 2019
    Reply

    Wow! I followed your recipe exactly and just have to say that it is the best rotisserie style chicken we have ever had. Delicious!

      • jenniferbanz
      • February 11, 2019
      Reply

      So glad you liked it!

    • Tambi
    • January 24, 2019
    Reply

    Can you use other oil besides avocado? Would melted butter work?

      • jenniferbanz
      • January 25, 2019
      Reply

      Butter would burn and smoke so I would avoid that. Look for a high heat cooking oil like canola oil, grape seed oil, or peanut oil

      • Lee Ann
      • January 28, 2019
      Reply

      Butter will burn, BUT clarified butter, aka ghee works really well for this!

    • ABass
    • January 21, 2019
    Reply

    When I bake a whole chicken in the oven, it produces a lot of liquid. I’m new to air baking and was wondering if there is still a lot of liquid when you air bake a chicken, and if so, where does it go?

      • jenniferbanz
      • January 22, 2019
      Reply

      There is some liquid but not as much as when baking. I guess it stays in the chicken. When I cut into them they are dripping because they are so juicy

    • Emily
    • January 19, 2019
    Reply

    I have the philips air fryer but the time only goes to 30 min. Should I add more time while it’s cooking or should I wait until 30 min is up then add another 20? I’m new to this and don’t want to ruin the food.

      • jenniferbanz
      • January 19, 2019
      Reply

      Either way would work

    • Anita
    • January 13, 2019
    Reply

    I have the smaller air fryer and tried this last night with a 4 pound chicken. It filled the pot with little room left. It did not get done. Is this because there was not enough room for the air to circulate?

      • jenniferbanz
      • January 13, 2019
      Reply

      How long did you cook it? My Air Fryer is 5.8 quart and I used a 5 pound chicken.

        • Anita
        • January 14, 2019

        The recipe I used said 330 degrees. This one 360 so that would be part of the problem. I am new to this and there is a learning curve. I will try it again

    • Wilhelmina
    • December 17, 2018
    Reply

    You have just convinced me to finally buy an air fryer! This chicken looks amazing!

      • jenniferbanz
      • December 17, 2018
      Reply

      Yay! They are so wonderful!

    • Krissy Allori
    • December 17, 2018
    Reply

    This looks so easy and delicious! I cannot wait to try it!

    • Mary
    • December 14, 2018
    Reply

    What is the air fryer make that you cooked with?

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