Whole chicken in a teal blue roaster with carrots

Best Ever Air Fryer Whole Chicken

Looking for a delicious new way to make rotisserie style chicken that’s fast and super easy, look no further! Air Fryer Whole Chicken is simply the best!

Sliced Air Fryer Whole Chicken with a carving knife and fork resting on the baking dish.
Incredibly tender and juicy. Air frying a whole chicken is simply the best!

The air fryer is fast becoming my favorite appliance in the kitchen! If you don’t own one yet, let me encourage you to add one to your cooking space as soon as you possibly can.

While you may think you won’t use it enough to justify the counter space it takes up, once you realize just how fast and versatile an air fryer is, the real estate it takes up is certainly worthwhile!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Air Fryer Whole Chicken is available near the end of this post.

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The super simple ingredient list;

  • Whole Chicken (one that will fit inside your air fryer)
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Minced Garlic

The air fryer I own is by a brand called Bella and it has a 5.3-quart capacity. When I make a roasted chicken in my traditional oven, I tend to purchase big 6 or seven pound chickens.

Knowing that I’d need to use a smaller chicken to fit inside my air fryer, I purchased a four pounder.

What is the proper internal temperature for cooking chicken?

  • Chicken should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 – 165 degrees, Farenheight.
  • When checking the temperature of whole chicken using a meat thermometer, insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken thigh, making sure the thermometer does not hit the bone as the thermometer will then show an inaccurate internal temperature.

Closeup of a sliced breast of an air fryer whole chicken with a knife and a carving fork.

What if I don’t have a meat thermometer? How can I judge if a whole chicken is fully cooked?

  • If the juices run clear after piercing the chicken with a sharp knife into the thickest part of the breast, and then again into the thickest part of the thigh, your chicken is cooked through.
  • If the juices that run from the bird have a pinkish tint, the chicken is NOT fully cooked and it needs to be returned to the oven to continue cooking until the juices run completely clear.
  • Another good way to determine if a whole chicken is cooked through is if the legs wiggle easily when moved and they have no resistance to pressure.
  • You’ll also notice upon inspecting the drumsticks that once the chicken is cooked thoroughly the meat will have shrunk away from the ends of the bones.

What is the proper air fryer temperature and time for cooking a whole chicken?

  • I cooked this (4-pound chicken) at 375-degrees for 20 minutes and then reduced the heat to 325-degrees and cooked it for an additional 20-25 minutes.
  • It was 45 minutes of total cooking time, and then 7-10 minutes of resting time before slicing.

The easy step-by-step instructions;

  • Dry the chicken thoroughly with paper towels, inside and out.
  • Place the chicken in the air fryer and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Rub the oil all over the entire surface of the chicken.

How to make an air fryer whole chicken

  • Rub minced garlic over the surface of the chicken.
  • Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Set the air fryer to 375-degrees and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Open the fryer to check on the chicken.
  • Reduce the heat to 325-degrees and continue cooking the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 160-165 degrees, Farenheight. **Note – larger chickens will take longer to cook through.

How to make an air fryer whole chicken

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Sliced air fryer whole chicken with a ceramic chicken in the background

Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Air Fryer Whole Chicken

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Whole chicken in a teal blue roaster with carrots
Air Fryer Whole Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Looking for a delicious new way to make rotisserie style chicken that's fast and super easy, look no further! Air Fryer Whole Chicken is simply the best! 
Course: air fryer recipe, Easy Main Course
Cuisine: American Comfort Food
Keyword: Air Fryer Whole Chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 45 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée
Ingredients
  • 1 4-pound whole chicken patted dry
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Rub the chicken completely with the olive oil.

  2. Place the chicken in an air fryer and season outside, and inside, with salt and pepper.

  3. Rub the garlic over the outside of the chicken.

  4. Cook at 375-degrees for 20 minutes.

  5. Reduce the heat to 325-degrees and continue cooking for 20-25 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reaches 165-degrees when inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, but doesn't hit the bone.

  6. If the juices are still pinkish in color, return the chicken to the air fryer and continue cooking until the juices run completely clear.

  7. Allow the chicken to sit for 7-10 minutes (covered) before slicing and serving.

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Whole Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 45 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 775mg34%
Potassium 8mg0%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for Air Fryer Whole Chicken as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

Closeup of browned, whole chicken in a blue baking dish with carrots.
Air Fryer Whole Chicken is tender and juicy!

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4 Comments

  1. wilhelmina

    5 stars
    Wow, this is chicken perfection! I love having chicken on hand to use in recipes during the week. It makes dinner prep so much easier.

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you! I’ve been wondering how to do a whole chicken in an air fryer.

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