Healthy air fryer best whole chicken recipe rotisserie style! Crispy skin and juicy meat, this recipe is paleo, keto and whole30. Great beginner recipe, easy and fast.
Yes, you can make a whole chicken in the air fryer!
For this recipe i used a 5 pound bird. If you feel that it will not fit, you can tie the legs and push them down a bit, this should help. Or poke a skin in the lower side of the one chicken leg and squeeze another leg into that hole. That helps if you don’t have special butcher twine. It usually sold in the kitchen tool section in stores or online.
This recipe is very flexible, you can use your favorite blend of spices and pretty much any amount. Make this air fryer whole chicken in Nuwave air fryer, Philips air fryer, or like me, in my Gourmia 4.5 qt air fryer. Update: After a year of everyday work, my Gourmia died. Looking for a new one!
Before making chicken i tried to cook cornish hen and it turned out perfect! That encouraged me to try a bigger bird.
How to cook a whole chicken in a air fryer
Here is a list of spices i used in this recipe. Use about a teaspoon of each. Make sure to rub some under the skin as well.
- dried oregano
- dried basil
- onion powder
- black pepper
Feel free to use your own measurements or even make it spicy. I planned to feed kids this chicken for lunch so i didn’t make it spicy at all. It doesn’t mean i don’t like it though!
This is how the chicken looked half way roasted. Then i flipped it to make it breast side up (be careful doing that, use thongs and a fork at the same time, plus its very hot).
I also chopped some fresh cilantro and rubbed chicken with it- for extra color and flavor. Use fresh parsley, fresh rosemary or fresh thyme, the smell will be amazing.
How to check if the chicken is done. The best way is to use a thermometer and make sure the thickest part of the thigh ( not bu the bone though) is at 165 F. More about it in this article
Cleaning is also an important part of cooking. Washing dishes might be annoying when roasting the whole chicken in the oven. With the help of an air fryer, all you will need to do is to put the air fryer basket in to the dishwasher and voila! All the work is done.
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Air fryer whole chicken
- 1 chicken
- 1 1/2 tspn salt
- 1 tspn dried basil
- 1 tspn dried oregano
- 1 tspn paprika
- 1/2 tspn pepper
- 1/2 tspn onion powder
- chopped cilantro
- Preheat air fryer to 360F. Wash th chicken and remove giblets.
- Rub with the blend of spices (and cilantro) and place in to the air fryer basket breast side down.
- Cook for 30 minutes and them carefully flip and cook for another 30 minutes.