Can You Put A Whole Chicken In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can cook a whole chicken in an air fryer, and it’s a fantastic way to achieve a crispy skin while keeping the meat juicy and flavorful. This method is perfect for those who want a quicker alternative to oven-roasting without sacrificing taste or texture. Here’s how to do it:

Air Fryer Whole Chicken Recipe


  • 1 whole chicken (about 3-4 pounds or 1.4-1.8 kg, size depending on your air fryer’s capacity)
  • Olive oil or melted butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Your choice of seasonings (e.g., garlic powder, paprika, thyme, rosemary)


  1. Prep the Chicken: Remove any giblets from the chicken and pat the outside and inside dry with paper towels. A dry skin will help achieve a crispier finish.
  2. Season: Rub the outside of the chicken with olive oil or melted butter. This helps the seasonings stick and the skin to crisp up nicely. Generously season the chicken inside and out with salt, pepper, and any other desired seasonings.
  3. Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 360°F (about 182°C). Preheating helps start the cooking process quickly for a crispy exterior.
  4. Position the Chicken: Place the chicken breast-side down in the air fryer basket. If your air fryer is small, you might need to truss the legs together so the chicken fits comfortably.
  5. Cook: Air fry for about 30 minutes, then carefully flip the chicken so the breast is facing up. Continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) when a meat thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the breast and thigh, away from bone.
  6. Rest: Let the chicken rest for about 10 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute, making the meat moist and tender.

Tips for Cooking a Whole Chicken in an Air Fryer

  • Size Matters: Ensure the chicken fits comfortably in your air fryer with some space around it for air circulation. A chicken that’s too large may cook unevenly.
  • Checking Doneness: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is fully cooked. The safe internal temperature for cooked chicken is 165°F (74°C).
  • Flavor Variations: Experiment with different herbs and spices to customize the flavor of your chicken. Lemon and garlic, barbecue rub, and Cajun seasoning are all excellent options.
  • Keep It Dry: Patting the chicken dry before seasoning and cooking is crucial for achieving crispy skin.

Cooking a whole chicken in an air fryer is a straightforward process that yields delicious results in less time than traditional oven roasting. With minimal prep and the right seasonings, you can enjoy a perfectly cooked, flavorful chicken with a crispy exterior and juicy interior.

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