Air Fryer Recipes

Air Frying Whole Chicken

whole chicken cooked in air fryer basket

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Whether you’re a meal-prep junkie, have a large family, or are planning a Sunday dinner, cooking an air fryer whole chicken is a skill you will definitely want to add to your recipe arsenal. It’s faster than baking and provides a crispy outer texture without sacrificing any moisture as ovens often do. The result is a delicious, juicy chicken you can stuff for Sunday dinner and serve with gravy or make for a weeknight meal and use the leftovers for sandwiches and salads.

The great thing about cooking whole chickens is that they easily feed a family of 4-5 and taste great with a variety of seasonings and sides that prevent even the pickiest of eaters from tiring of chicken. For this recipe, I was in the mood for a little spice and rubbed the chicken with my favorite Creole seasoning. But for a more traditional flavor, you can season with rosemary, sage, and thyme served with mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans. If you want a bit more flavor, add a combination of Italian herbs and garlic. The possibilities are endless, and the flavor and texture provided by the air fryer’s rapid air technology can’t be beaten.


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Air Fryer Whole Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Resting Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fried Whole Chicken, Air Fryer Whole Chicken, Whole chicken in the air fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 288 kcal
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Your favorite seasoning, to taste I used Creole
  • 1 4-5 lb Whole Chicken giblets removed
  1. Remove giblets from chicken. Rinse chicken and pat dry.

  2. Rub the whole chicken with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle on any additional seasonings if you choose to do so.

  3. Spray air fryer basket with cooking oil.

  4. Place chicken in your air fryer basket. Cook at 350 for 60 minutes, flipping breast-side down halfway through cooking.

  5. Check the chicken's temperature with a meat thermometer to verify the bird has reached 165° F | 74° C. If it is not, cook up to an additional 20 minutes, checking the temp every 5 minutes.

  6. Plate and enjoy!

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