The best use of your air fryer is making this air fryer whole chicken. The meat is juicy and the skin is extra crispy like a rotisserie chicken...you are going to love how easy this whole chicken in the air fryer is!
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 tender and juicy and has amazing crispy skin. My family gives it rave reviews! I bet you didn't think you could air fry a whole chicken, but you can! It just depends on how big your air fryer is and how big of a chicken you have.
I love this technique so much more than making a roast chicken in the oven. This air fried whole chicken is more like a rotisserie chicken because of the amazing flavor from the seasonings! A lot of people serve the air fried roast chicken with roasted potatoes for a classic complete meal. I like to pull the meat from the bone and have it on salads for a low carb and keto friendly meal.
I have lots of other air fryer recipes including: Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts, Air Fryer Bacon, Air Fryer Chicken Wings, and Air Fryer chicken tenders. This air fryer whole chicken is one of my most popular, though. Along with my air fryer chicken thighs and air fryer chicken breasts!
Air fry whole chicken recipe
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for this air fryer whole chicken recipe, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For a printable recipe, see the recipe card below.
5 - 6 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
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
How to make an air fryer whole chicken
This section explains how to make this whole chicken in the air fryer recipe, step by step. For a full printable recipe, see the recipe card below.
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 combined all of the seasoning blend spices and oil in a small bowl.
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. Chicken breast Side down for the first 50 minutes of cook time keeps everything nice and moist.
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.
Is an air fryer big enough for a whole chicken?
It really depends on the size of your air fryer. Most chickens you buy in the store are around 5 to 6 pounds. If you have an air fryer that is smaller than 5 quarts, you may need to find a smaller chicken.
Some newer ovens now have air fry as a setting so you would be able to air fry any size whole chicken in it!
What to do with leftover chicken?
- Pull the chicken from the bone and make sandwiches, chicken salad, or enchiladas (save the carcass in a freezer bag to make chicken broth later)
- Use in Chicken Noodle soup or any soup that contains shredded chicken.
- Here is a good use for leftover shredded chicken (30+ Shredded Chicken Recipes)
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Air Fryer Whole Chicken
- 1 5 pound Whole chicken, giblets removed
- 2 Tablespoons avocado oil (Click here for my favorite brand on Amazon)
- 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
- 1 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Paprika (I prefer smoked paprika)
- ½ teaspoon Dried basil
- ½ teaspoon Dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon Dried thyme
- Combine all of the seasonings with the oil to make a paste and spread it all over the chicken.
- 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.
- The nutrition information is for 4 ounces of air fried whole chicken
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Nutrition per serving
Nutrition is provided as a courtesy only. Please re-calculate on your own with the ingredients and amounts you used for the most accurate data.
First time using the air fryer function on my oven. Oiled the chicken with olive oil first. Then, covered it with a dry rub of spices. Cooked it breast side up for one hour. Then, flipped it and cooked it for 20 minutes. Chicken came out juicy and tender. This will be my go to recipe for cooking a whole chicken.
Anne McIntyre says
This is the only way I cook whole chicken now; perfect every time!
I always use this recipe for roasting whole chickens in my air fryer, but 40+10 minutes is never enough for a 5lb chicken. I do at least 40+20 or 30 more minutes. I also throw the organs in the last 5 minutes as they have a lot of health benefits!
Sue Kehoe says
I'm not sure whether or not I have already commented on this recipe, but, in any event, all I can say is that it's the best chicken I have ever had!! On top of that, it is fool proof and, reliable and so very easy
Best whole chicken I ever made. Used vegi oil instead of avocado oil.y husband who hated white meat even lived the breat.
I used this recipe a couple of times already. had a smaller whole chicken, so less time in the air fryer. Great recipe. Delicious.
So easy… so juicy and delicious… it’s become my first go to recipe.. I’ve even used it to make air fryer wings…
This was very easy and juice, the only thing was the skin was very tough. Is there any advise?
Sarah Leah Treisman says
I love this recipe! It is my all time favorite! Thank You for sharing it! Any recommendations on cook time for a 3 pound bird?
Absolutely fantastic recipe and simple to make. Chicken came out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. I will make this chicken again and again. AIR FRYER RECIPES ARE THE BOMB!!!!!
My airfryer has a maximum temp of 200. How many kilos of whole chicken do I need? Thank you.
2 or 2.5 kilos
Remember 360 degrees is the temperature in Fahrenheit. So set your appliance to 180 which will be the equivalent in Celsius.
My airfryer has an airfryer and a roast option. Which one should I use please?
My Walmart sells seasoned compound butter. I bought some and rubbed my entire chicken with it. I additionally sprinkled the chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder & paprika. I spritz with a little olive oil. I air fried per recipe directions. I cannot rave enough!! I’m so glad I chose your recipe to try. I’m new to air frying so trying to learn all that I can.
This is an addictive chicken recipe. Best ever! I like the spice mixture but then tried using Montréal Steak Seasoning and we liked it even better! Thanks for a great and simple recipe.
It's coming out amazing and smells great I used my own seasoning blend because I didn't have alot of the ingredients.
David McLeod says
Absolutely amazing !
I brined my chicken for 24 hours in salt , oregano and thyme
“Competed for fun against 5 other couples with chicken recipes and won hands down”
Cannot recommend more highly
Hi! My oven has a built in air fryer and I would love to try this recipe! Do I follow the same directions? Any type of pan you would recommend?
You should be able to follow the recipe as written. I would recommend a pan with a rack.
Turned out as good as the recipe said. I’m delighted.
Was absolutely delicious…and so easy it’s crazy…
This chicken was so good! Moist and delicious. This recipe is a keeper.
This was great, easy and tasty. will make it again for sure..
I've tried cooking a whole chicken in the oven with a much more involved recipe that included putting things into the cavity and rubbing seasoning and butter under the skin. It was messy and took forever and I wasn't crazy about the results so I didn't plan on trying to cook a whole chicken again. Well, there was a great sale on chickens and I've acquired an air fryer so I thought I'd try again. I followed this recipe and it was so easy and came out great! Sometimes simple is best. Thanks for sharing this with us!
Has anyone tried cooking potatoes underneath the chicken? Will they cook?
Ashley Siegle says
This recipe is amazing! My chicken came out absolutely perfect. It was a little smaller at 4 & 1/2 lbs but the timing & temp still worked just fine. I added some butter and garlic on the inside of the chicken. The flavor was devine! I’ve never been so excited for having leftovers. This will be my go to recipe from now on for whole chicken in the air fryer. Thank you!!
Victoria Conery says
Amazing air fryer chicken yummy all seasoning was paired perfect thank you ,I made it for Thanksgiving
Anna K says
Picked this recipe randomly right before dinner. It was delicious! My chicken cooked exactly 50 and 10 minutes. It was juicy, and skin was crispy.
Made this today, as I’ve been trying to use my air fryer more. It turned out amazing. I did add an additional ten minutes after I flipped it to help crisp it up. Thank you for sharing.
This recipe came out great. I did add a tsp of baking powder toadd a crisper skin.
I tried ur recipe and it was perfect thank u
First time air fryer user here, juicy,flavorsome, delicious tasty whole chicken that all of us enjoyed!!
This is our go to whole chicken recipe now, even my picky five year old loves it! Last thanksgiving I made this instead of a turkey and it was a hit. Thanks for sharing!
Turned out great! My air fryer needed about an extra 20 minutes. The only way I’ll cook a whole chicken again. Thanks for the recipe.
I finally cooked a perfect chicken!!!! I buy the monthly special from our local meat market and they always have a whole or cut chicken. I told them that I really didn't want the whole chicken, cause it never cooks properly, BUT that has changed as of tonight!!! It tasted so good. It was moist, not dry. Great recipe. I cooked mine for 40 minutes and then flipped it for 10 more minutes. It was perfect! Thank you, Thank you!
Sue NASTASI says
I’m trying this too night. Hope it comes out great for me too ! Using a different air fryer ( not the basket kind ) so I’m nervous
Tried this tonight and it turned out perfect! Was nervous about how the whole chicken would turn out as the recipe book the came with the air fryer didn't have any instructions for a whole chicken. This was perfection, crispy and juicy, exactly as you said. And spice mixture was delicious!
Sandy B. says
This spice mixture is delicious! We eat this all the time and use the spice mixture on other chicken too, like breasts or thighs. Its yummy!
I have not tried this recipe yet but going to soon but in the lead in to make this chicken does not mention to the oil but it does in the actual recipe it has to mixed the spices in the oil & make a paste, so this is not to be dry rubbed?
The second ingredient is avocado oil
This rub of spices cooked in the air fryer was delicious! I've always cooked a whole chicken in the oven. This recipe changed that forever. Thank you for sharing!
I have not tried this recipe yet but going to soon but in the lead in to make this chicken does not mention to the oil but it does in the actual recipe it has to mixed the spices in the oil & make a paste, so this is not to be dry rubed?
Myra Inman says
I've made this several times. It never disappoints. A favorite of mine and my husband's, plus our two Jack Russell Terriers. Easy breezy, lemon squeeze. Taste absolutely delicious.