Making a whole chicken in the air fryer has never been easier!

Whole roast chicken in the air fryer will be your new favorite way to get tender chicken with crispy, seasoned skin every time.

It’s faster, easier, and fresher than a store-bought rotisserie chicken!

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Best Air Fryer Whole Chicken

  • The air fryer makes it easy by cooking a whole bird in less time and with minimal cleanup!
  • This recipe is perfect for home cooks new to air fryers and will find this roasted chicken recipe is just as easy as it is elegant to serve!
  • This recipe will give the chicken fried crispy skin every time.
  • It’s a budget-friendly way to have chicken on hand for meal prep like sandwiches, soups, salads, and wraps all week long!
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Ingredients and Variations

Chicken – The whole chicken should be clean with intact skins and the neck and giblets removed. Frozen chicken can be used by simply adding a few minutes to the cooking time.

Oil – This recipe uses olive oil, but try using leftover bacon grease for a smoky flavor!

Seasoning – This DIY poultry seasoning can be tailored to suit your preferences and used for other applications like in dips and sprinkled over roasted vegetables. It can also be stuffed with a lemon for extra flavor.

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How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Air Fryer

  1. Rub the chicken with oil and seasonings.
  2. Tuck wings under the chicken and roast breast side down (per the recipe below).
  3. Flip chicken over and cook until a meat thermometer reads 165°F in the thickest place away from the bones, in one of the breast sections.
  4. Remove and let the chicken rest for about 5 minutes before slicing.

For best results, always preheat the air fryer before using it.

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To Truss Chicken:

Start by removing all the giblets, neck pieces, and organs from inside the chicken (if there are any). Place the chicken breast side up. Then loop the twine around each leg and tie them together. Trim any excess twine. Remember it is best to season the chicken after it has been trussed.


Keep leftover air fryer whole chicken in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and freeze portions in zippered bags (preferably with the meat removed from the carcass) for up to 1 month.

Reheat leftover chicken pieces and add them to your favorite salad. Use leftovers for chicken cordon bleu casserole, chicken fajitas, or a tasty chicken vegetable stir fry!

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Air Fryer Whole Chicken

With the help of an air fryer, this whole chicken becomes effortlessly juicy, tender, and incredibly flavorful!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Rest Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author I Don’t Have Time For That



  • 3 ½ pound whole chicken
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • chicken seasoning


  • Use a paper towel to pat the chicken dry.
  • Drizzle the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning. Rub to coat the chicken.
  • Place the chicken breast-side down into the air fryer basket. Turn the air fryer on to 350°F.
  • Cook for 30 minutes, flip the chicken over and cook for an additional 20-30 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer reaches 165°F.
  • Remove from the air fryer and rest 10 minutes before cutting.


Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, and in the freezer for 1 month. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 441kcal | Protein: 35g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 360mg | Vitamin A: 267IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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