Air Fryer Whole Chicken

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This air fryer whole chicken recipe is my go-to dinner. It’s totally effortless and makes an insanely juicy chicken that rivals any other method!

This recipe results in absolute perfection every single time. Season a whole chicken and air fry for about an hour. Voila… crispy skin, juicy meat, perfect.

Air Fryer Whole Chicken in the air fryer

Juicy & Delicious Air Fryer Chicken

Using the air fryer to cook chicken is so quick and easy, and clean-up is a cinch. Air fryers make cooking a whole chicken a breeze.

It comes out with a crisp skin on the outside and delicious juiciness on the inside.

Once the chicken has cooked & cooled, follow this easy guide for how to cut a whole chicken into pieces. Having chicken meat ready for sandwiches, soups, and wraps is great for whipping up a quick meal with much-needed protein!

Air Fryer Whole Chicken before cooking


All this amazing recipe needs is a whole chicken, a little olive oil and some seasonings. It is really that simple!

That little bit of seasoning before cooking will guarantee the chicken turns out juicy and tender every time.

Even using a frozen whole chicken is a snap. Simply increase the cooking time, but be aware that the oil and seasonings may not stick as well to a frozen chicken.

How to Make Air Fryer Whole Chicken

This recipe can be ready in just 3 easy steps.

  1. Remove giblets.
  2. Rub with oil and seasonings (per recipe below).
  3. Cook according to air fryer instructions.

Serve this chicken with roasted sweet potatoes or glazed carrots and a tossed salad to round out the meal!

Air Fryer Whole Chicken on a white plate after cooking

Tips for Success

  • Choose chickens that have intact skin, are evenly colored, and have a fresh scent to them.
  • Be sure to remove organ meat from the cavity before cooking. Those giblets and neck make perfect broth for soups and stews, so put them in the freezer and save them instead of discarding.
  • Tie the legs together with twine so the chicken stays moist as it cooks.


  • To store air fryer chicken, remove the meat from the carcass and keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, just pop it in the microwave! Refresh the flavors with a little salt and pepper, or make a quick gravy to serve over top!

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Review Recipe

Air Fryer Whole Chicken

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
The air fryer is the best way to cook a whole roasted chicken for dinner. Perfectly juicy every time.



  • 3 ½ pound whole chicken
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chicken seasoning

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  • Ensure the cavity of the chicken is empty. If they aren't tied already, tie legs of the chicken together.*
  • Rub the skin with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning.
  • Place the chicken breast-side down into the air fryer basket. Turn the air fryer on to 350°F.
  • Cook for 30 minutes, flip the chicken over and cook for 25-30 minutes or until an instant read thermometer reaches 165°F.
  • Remove from the air fryer and rest 10 minutes before cutting.

Recipe Notes

  • When picking out a chicken, choose one with intact skin and a small enough size to fit in your fryer. 
  • I have this 5.8qt air fryer which fits a 3.75lb chicken. Ensure your chicken will fit in your air fryer before starting.
  • Make sure to remove all giblets meat from the cavity before cooking. These pieces can be frozen to make giblet gravy.
  • To lock in the moisture while cooking, tie the legs together with twine. 
  • If your chicken is too large (and touches the top element), untie the legs if needed and/or press it to flatten it somewhat until it fits.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.25of a whole chicken, Calories: 444, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 36g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 143mg, Sodium: 134mg, Potassium: 360mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 293IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 31mg, Iron: 2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword air fryer chicken, how to cook air fryer chicken, roasted chicken, whole chicken
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
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  1. Love, love , love this recipe!! I’ve made it with a cajun seasoning again and again, and the the chicken always comes out perfect! Thanks so much Holly!5 stars

  2. Trying this recipe as I’m typing this now,did some boneless breaststroke one night and they came out juicy and tender,my husband said he wants all his meat air fried now

  3. Hi Holly , we did the Air Fry whole chicken last night , OMG so good and fast and very little mess to clean up . I will be doing this recipe all the time . thank you . I say 5 out of 5 . cant wait to try more of your recipes . Gail5 stars

    1. Well didn’t you just make my day Gail! I’m so happy to hear that love this chicken! We do too. We make it all the time!

  4. What setting does everyone use in tge air fryer? Mine has 12 different ones. I have bake, roast and air fry that I think would be most logical to use.

  5. I have made this 2 times so far.
    The chicken comes out so juicy and delicious. I may never roast a chicken in my conventional oven again.5 stars