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air fryer whole chicken in air fryer basket with a lemon slice and fresh thyme on top

Air Fryer Whole Chicken

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 air fryer method is hands-down the easiest way to roast a whole chicken!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy chicken recipe, fewer than 5 ingredients, rotisserie chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 308kcal


  • 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.
    air fryer whole chicken step 2
  • 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.
Recipe yields approximately 8 servings. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving, from a 5 pound whole chicken. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by 8. Result will be the weight of one serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 308kcal | Protein: 25g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 257mg | Vitamin A: 191IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg