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Air Fryer Whole Roasted Chicken

This Air Fryer Whole Roasted Chicken is the perfect family dinner for any night of the week! No need to turn on the oven for a perfect roasted chicken!

A TASTY AIR FRYER CHICKEN RECIPE

I’m starting to be convinced that you can literally make anything in an air fryer! Side dishes, appetizers, main, and even desserts! It is one of the few kitchen appliances that has gotten so much regular use (especially in the summer!) This Air Fryer Whole Roasted Chicken is an example of a delicious meal that will serve the whole family with surprisingly juicy flavor. Serve it up with some of your favorite side dishes and you have the perfect family dinner. Trust me when I say that this recipe is easy and takes very little effort. If you want something new (and pretty impressive!) to make in your air fryer, you need this Air Fryer Whole Roasted Chicken recipe.

Finished Air Fryer Whole Roasted Chicken served with potatoes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How large of a chicken should I use?

We like to use a 3-4 pound chicken, it will fit perfectly in the air fryer basket. If you go any larger you run the risk of it not fitting.

What can I serve this with?

You can serve this with any of your favorite sides such as vegetables or a side salad. We used potatoes as you can see in the photos below. I simply microwaved them. To make those just follow this recipe: pierce potatoes with a fork. Place potatoes in a microwave-safe dish and cover with saran wrap. Cook in the microwave for about 6 minutes (check at the 4 minute mark) then toss in ½ stick (¼ cup) melted salted butter and a ¼ teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder and Italian seasoning.

Do I need to preheat my air fryer?

Yes for this recipe you will want to preheat it at 390F degrees for 5 minutes before placing your chicken in. Not all recipe require preheating but this one does.

When do I know when my chicken is done?

Getting an internal thermometer really helps with this. When the internal temperature of the thickest part of the chicken (without touching the bone) reaches 165 degreesF then it is done and safe to consume.

Can I use other seasonings?

If you are not a fan of the seasonings that I used here, feel free to use whatever seasonings you like or a pre-made one from the store! Cajun seasoning and lemon pepper seasoning are two of my personal favorite seasoning blends.

Why do I need to flip my chicken?

This to get even cooking and golden skin all the way around the chicken.

How do I store leftovers?

This can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container where it will keep for up to 4-5 days. The cooked chicken can also be frozen. Place cooked chicken in a freezer bag or container and it will keep frozen for up to 3 months. To defrost, remove from the freezer into the refrigerator overnight until thawed.

Pinterest image showing Air Fryer Whole Roasted Chicken with potatoes and herbs.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • whole roaster chicken
  • sea salt and pepper
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • onion powder
  • marjoram (can substitute with oregano)
  • garlic
  • thyme sprigs
  • lemon
  • yellow onion
Ingredients needed: whole roaster chicken, sea salt, garlic powder, paprika, pepper, onion powder, marjoram, garlic, sprigs thyme, lemon and a yellow onion.

HOW TO MAKE AN AIR FRYER WHOLE ROASTED CHICKEN:

In a small bowl, mix sea salt, garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, onion powder, and marjoram.

Seasonings mixed together in bowl.

Remove the innards from the cavity of the chicken and discard. Pat chicken dry and rub the seasonings thoroughly onto the chicken.

Seasonings rubbed over chicken.

Stuff the chicken with garlic cloves, thyme, lemon, and yellow onion. This flavors the meat from the inside out.

Chicken stuffed with garlic cloves, thyme, lemon, and yellow onion.

Use butchers twine to tie the drumsticks together.

Butchers twine tying the legs together.

Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees for 5 minutes. Spray the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray and place the chicken inside. Cook for 30 minutes. Flip the chicken over, and cook for an additional 25 minutes.

Chicken in air fryer.

Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes. Use a meat thermometer and test to be sure the chicken has reached 165 degrees F.

Finished chicken in air fryer basket.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Knife cutting into Air Fryer Whole Roasted Chicken on board with potatoes.

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Air Fryer Whole Roasted Chicken

This Air Fryer Whole Roasted Chicken is the perfect family dinner for any night of the week! No need to turn on the oven for a perfect roasted chicken!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds whole roaster chicken
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • ½ Tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram can substitute with oregano
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 1 lemon cut in fourths
  • 1 yellow onion cut in fourths

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix sea salt, garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, onion powder, and marjoram.
  • Remove the innards from the cavity of the chicken and discard.
  • Pat chicken dry and rub the seasonings thoroughly onto the chicken.
  • Stuff the chicken with garlic cloves, thyme, lemon, and yellow onion. This flavors the meat from the inside out.
  • Use butchers twine to tie the drumsticks together.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees for 5 minutes. Spray the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray and place the chicken inside. Cook for 30 minutes. Flip the chicken over, and cook for an additional 25 minutes.
  • Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes. Use a meat thermometer and test to be sure the chicken has reached 165 degrees F.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

  • Use your favorite seasonings for this if you do not like what we use.
  • Potatoes shown as a side were microwaved baby gold potatoes. Pierce potatoes with a fork. Place potatoes in a microwave-safe dish and cover with saran wrap. Cook in the microwave for about 6 minutes (check at the 4 minute mark) then toss in ½ stick (¼ cup) melted salted butter and a ¼ teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder and Italian seasoning.
  • This can be frozen, see above on how to do that.
  • Make sure that you turn your chicken about halfway through cooking.
  • Your chicken is done when the internal temperature is 165 degrees F.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Whole Roasted Chicken, Air Fryer Whole Roasted Chicken Recipe, Whole Roasted Chicken

Nutrition

Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 1281mg | Potassium: 457mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 742IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. I have not purchased an airfryer …after watching this video I am now going to purchase one. Do you have any suggestions’ on which one I should purchase? Would appreciate your suggestions.
    God Bless..
    Linda

    1. Hi Linda! I prefer the basket air fryers over the ones that look like toaster ovens. There’s not a whole lot of difference between the basket air fryers these days to be honest. Basically they are just little convection ovens. They are all pretty good and I’ve tried a lot. The one I use most frequently is made by Cosori and you can find that on Amazon. If you’re looking for one you can find in stores, I would suggest Phillips or the Instant Pot brand (they first came out making electric pressure cookers but have started making air fryers now). Hope that helps!