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Best Air fryer whole chicken

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.

whole chicken in air fryer


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.

This recipe is very flexible, you can use your favorite blend of spices and pretty much any amount.

You can make this air fryer whole chicken in in Nuwave, Philips, XL Power fryer or pretty much in every air fryer.

Before making chicken i tried to cook cornish hen and it turned out perfect! That encouraged me to try a bigger bird.

raw chicken

Here is a list of spices i was using in this recipe

  • salt
  • dried oregano
  • dried basil
  • onion powder
  • black pepper
  • cilantro

Feel free to use your own measurements or even make it spicy!

chicken back

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.

whole fried chicken

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Air fryer whole chicken

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.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


  • 1 5lb 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.

One Comment

  1. I made this tonight for my family. My daughters are 3 and 5 years old and absolutely loved it so much that they ate most of it. My husband and I ate whatever was left. This recipe is surely a keeper. I carved the chicken like a turkey and it was so moist and flavorful. I am looking forward to making more recipes from your blog. Thank you so much. Love, Happy Mama

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