This air fryer whole chicken is extra crispy on the outside and perfectly cooked and tender on the inside! We keep the seasonings light and simple, making it the perfect addition to any meal. This method is hands-down the easiest way to roast a whole chicken!
What Makes This Air Fryer Whole Chicken So Good
- It’s super simple and easy! Start by seasoning your chicken, then popping it in the air fryer. After an hour, your whole chicken will be fully cooked and ready to eat!
- The air fryer does all the hard work! This hands-off recipe leaves the air fryer to do much of the heavy lifting. Less than 10 minutes of prep is all you’ll need for this easy meal.
- It requires just four ingredients! A whole chicken, avocado oil (or any vegetable oil), plus some salt and black pepper is all you’ll need. I’m telling you, this air fryer whole chicken method couldn’t get any easier!
Key Ingredients for Air Fryer Whole Chicken
Whole Chicken – My air fryer basket fits up to a 5 pound bird, though adjust the size/weight of your chicken depending on the size of your tray or basket. For a smaller air fryer, pick up a 2 to 3 pound bird for this recipe. Adjust the cook time based on how large or small your chicken is. To know when it’s fully cooked, insert a meat thermometer into the breast and once it reads 165° Fahrenheit, then it’s done. Also, if you have a larger air fryer, this method would also work for a 5 to 6 pound whole turkey!
Avocado Oil – Avocado oil has a high smoke point, making it ideal for higher heat cooking, such as roasting. It also has an ideal neutral flavor, not contributing or taking away from the deliciousness of the chicken. If you don’t have avocado oil, you can use vegetable oil, canola oil, or even melted ghee instead.
- Have fun with this recipe and add any seasonings you’d like! A sprinkling of fresh chopped parsley and minced garlic would make flavorful additions to this air fryer whole chicken. Don’t be afraid to get creative and make this recipe your own!
- Pat your chicken as dry as possible before cooking. A dry bird will cook up much crispier in the air fryer! Therefore, use a few paper towels to dry your chicken before seasoning and cooking.
- Leave your chicken to rest for at least 10 minutes after cooking. If you cut into it too early, you risk having all of its delicious juices leak out. Therefore, give the flavor time to set and reabsorb into the meat before carving!
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Air Fryer Whole Chicken
- Air fryer
- 1 4-5 pound whole chicken giblets removed
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil see Notes
- salt and pepper to taste
- Pat chicken dry with paper towel then rub allover with oil and evenly sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place chicken in air fryer with the breast side facing down. Cook at 360° Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.
- Flip chicken over and cook for an additional 15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165° Fahrenheit. Remove from air fryer and rest for at least 10 minutes before carving.
- Avocado Oil: If you don’t have avocado oil, you can use any vegetable oil or melted ghee in its place.
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Hi! I’m Sam, a travel, food and fitness enthusiast from the New York metro area. I love creating new and inventive recipes, and my favorite part is sharing them with others. My love of food goes all the way back to my early childhood, I grew up cooking alongside my mom and Nonna – the two best cooks I know! When I’m not in the kitchen, I’m either planning my next vacation, spending time outdoors (preferably on a beach), or bingeing Netflix’s latest docu-series. My passion for eating and living well led me to create the blog and Instagram account, Sam Does Her Best, where I health-ify my favorite comfort foods. I’m a big believer that good-for-you food can still be exploding with flavor and (most importantly) easy to make. I’m thrilled to be here at 40 Aprons doing what I do best – creating, photographing, and sharing delicious recipes with you all!