Air Fryer Whole Chicken

Air Fryer Whole Chicken

This air fryer whole chicken recipe is my go-to dinner. It’s totally effortless and makes an insanely juicy chicken! Cooking a whole chicken in the air fryer is so easy and perfect every single time.


  • Prep Time 5 mins
  • Cook Time 55 mins
  • Resting Time 10 mins
  • Total Time 1 hr 5 mins


  • 3 ½ pound whole chicken
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • chicken seasoning (or use 1 tbs prepared chicken seasoning)
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
    • ½ teaspoon paprika
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
    • ? teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • Instructions
    1. Ensure the cavity of the chicken is empty and dab the skin dry.
    2. Rub the skin with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning.
    3. Place the chicken breast-side down into the air fryer basket. Turn the air fryer on to 350°F.
    4. Cook for 30 minutes, flip the chicken over and cook for 20-30 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer reaches 165°F.
    5. Remove from the air fryer and rest 10 minutes before cutting.
  • Amount Per Serving

    Calories: 444

    • Carbohydrates: 1g
    • Protein: 36g
    • Fat: 32g
    • Saturated Fat: 9g
    • Cholesterol: 143mg
    • Sodium: 134mg
    • Potassium: 360mg
    • Fiber: 1g
    • Sugar: 1g
    • Vitamin A: 293IU
    • Vitamin C: 3mg
    • Calcium: 31mg
    • Iron: 2mg

    Why I LOVE Whole Chicken in the Air Fryer
    Oven roast chicken is a go-to meal, and it’s even easier in the air fryer. This is hands down my favorite air fryer meal, it comes out with extra-crisp skin and is very juicy & fall off the bone tender.

    • Using the air fryer to cook any cut of chicken is so easy.
    • The chicken cooks quicker and clean up is a cinch!
    • You’ll need just 3 ingredients (chicken, oil and a favorite seasoning).
    • The skin is extra crisp and the meat is very juicy.
    • Great for dinner or for meal prep. Cook an extra chicken to replace a rotisserie chicken or to have chicken for sandwiches, soups, or salads.

    Tips for Success

    • Look inside the chicken and remove giblets (they can be saved for giblet gravy). Not all chickens have them so don’t worry if you don’t see them.
    • Many chickens come tied with string. If the chicken is bigger (closer to 4lbs) it may be too big and touch the top of the air fryer. If this is the case, untie it before cooking. If it’s still touching the top of the air fryer, gently press the chicken breast with the palm of your hand to slightly crack the breast bone.
    • Cook the chicken breast side down and flip after 30 minutes.
    • A 3 lb chicken will need 45-50 minutes while a 4lb chicken will need closer to 60 minutes.
    • Cook until the internal temperature reaches 165°F on a meat thermometer. Check it early to ensure it doesn’t overcook.
    • Pour the drippings over veggies (like asparagus or cauliflower) and cook them in the air fryer while the chicken rests.

    Leftover Chicken

    • To store chicken, remove the meat from the carcass and keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or place it in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. (Save the carcass for broth).
    • To reheat, just pop it in the microwave! Refresh the flavors with a little salt and pepper, or make a quick gravy to serve over top!
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