Air Fryer Whole Chicken Recipe

Contributor: Christine Pittman

There’s nothing as comforting and delicious as a roast chicken dinner. Since I know this to be so deeply true, a whole chicken was one of the first things I tried when I got my new air fryer, and it was probably the best roast chicken I’d ever made. I’m not sure I’ll ever do one in the regular oven again.

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  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 42 minutes
  • Total Time: 47 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American


Units Scale
  • 3 to 4 lb. whole chicken*
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder


  1. Preheat air fryer to 360°F.
  2. Take chicken out of the refrigerator. Remove giblets and discard or save for other use.
  3. In small bowl combine olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Rub all over chicken, inside and out.
  4. Put chicken in air fryer basket breast-side-down. Cook 30 minutes.
  5. Flip chicken. Cook another 12-22 minutes, until internal temperature on an instant read thermometer reads 165°F in the chicken thigh, being careful not to touch bone.

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Not all whole chickens will fit in all air fryers. If you have a 5-quart air fryer, you can fit a 4 pound chicken. If you have a 4-quart, you can fit a 3 pound chicken. If your air fryer is smaller than that, a whole chicken won’t fit.