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Air Fryer Roast Chicken

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

Sliced Air Fryer Whole Chicken with a carving knife and fork resting on the baking dish.

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. OR click on the “jump to recipe” text (found below) to be taken directly to the printable recipe.

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The simple ingredient list;

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

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

What is the type of air fryer shown in this post?

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 six 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.

How to cook a roast chicken in an air fryer:

  • 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
Overhead picture of a whole chicken in a blue baking dish with carrots.

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the nutritional information for making for today’s roast chicken in an air fryer recipe

Whole chicken in a teal blue roaster with carrots

Air Fryer Roast Chicken

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
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! 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course air fryer recipe, Easy Main Course
Cuisine American Comfort Food
Servings 6 servings
Calories 45 kcal


  • 1 4-pound whole chicken patted dry
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • Rub the chicken completely with the olive oil.
  • Place the chicken in an air fryer and season outside, and inside, with salt and pepper.
  • Rub the garlic over the outside of the chicken.
  • Cook at 375-degrees for 20 minutes.
  • 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.
  • If the juices are still pinkish in color, return the chicken to the air fryer and continue cooking until the juices run completely clear.
  • Allow the chicken to sit for 7-10 minutes (covered) before slicing and serving.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 45kcalCarbohydrates: 0gProtein: 0gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 775mgPotassium: 8mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0gVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword air fryer roast chicken, Air Fryer Whole Chicken
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Closeup of browned, whole chicken in a blue baking dish with carrots.

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Monday 4th of March 2019

Thank you! I've been wondering how to do a whole chicken in an air fryer.


Wednesday 6th of March 2019

Wonder no more, Taryn! It's easy and delicious!


Monday 4th of March 2019

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.


Wednesday 6th of March 2019

I agree 100%. It beats purchasing the store-bought rotisserie chicken too.