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An air fryer whole chicken on a cutting board with lemon wedges beside it.
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Air Fryer Whole Chicken

If you have an air fryer, you need to try this rotisserie-style Air Fryer Whole Chicken. It will change the way you roast your chicken! It is so easy, comes out perfectly moist, and takes next to no effort to make. There’s no need to break out the baster, simply add the whole chicken to the air fryer and let it work its magic! You’ll get tender chicken with super crispy skin every single time.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 428kcal
Author: Justin Coit


  • Air Fryer


  • 3 to 5 lb chicken innards removed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil I use olive oil spray
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika


  • Combine the olive oil and spices and make a paste and rub it all over the chicken.
  • Give the air fryer basket a light spray of oil.
  • Place the chicken breast side down and cook at 350F for 30 minutes and then flip and cook breast side up for another 30 minutes.
  • Using a cooking thermometer check the thickest part of the breast to make sure the chicken has reached 165 F. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.



  • Be sure to remove innards from the cavity before cooking if they didn’t come removed. The giblets are great for making broth or gravy, so freeze them for the next time you make those!
  • Feel free to tie the legs together with twine and tuck the wings underneath if you’re worried about it being overcooked. Some believe that tying the legs together will yield a juicier chicken, but I found it didn’t make much of a difference. 
  • Cooking time will vary depending on your air fryer and the size of your chicken. I use a Cosori 5.8 QT air fryer.  I recommend you check in on your chicken at the 50-minute mark.
  • Make sure to pat the chicken dry before adding the seasoning paste to help it stick on better. It will also help the chicken crisp up as moisture will cause steam.
  • Let air fryer roasted chicken rest, so the juices redistribute. If you cut too early, the juices will end up on your cutting board.
  • If you have extra time and ingredients, stuff the inside of the chicken with fresh herbs such as rosemary and thyme, lemon wedges, and garlic cloves for additional flavor.


Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 1518mg | Potassium: 351mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 443IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg