Guess what? You can make a whole chicken in the air fryer and it’s fast, easy and incredible!
Air Fryer Whole Chicken
From the recipe collection of Al Dente Diva
I’ve been hearing more and more about air fryers lately. It seems like everyone either has one or wants one. I was kinda indifferent until I was gifted one from Cosori and had the pleasure of trying it for myself.
Wow, all I have to say it that the air frye hype is REAL!
I don’t understand how it works. It’s like real life magic happening right before your eyes. Food literally fries in no oil. How?
I don’t know. But frankly, I don’t believe it’s for me to figure out. I just want to enjoy the benefits without overthinking it.
Why Air Fry?
Air Fryer Chicken is just wonderful. There’s nothing hard or complicated about it.
Season the chicken, air fry it for 1 hour and flip it over at the 30 minute cooking mark. That’s it!
No basting, foil tents or anything like that. The air fryer does all of the work for you.
Not to mention you’re not using any additional oil to achieve a crispy skin. I also really love that I don’t need to turn my oven on and heat up the entire kitchen.
The chicken comes out crispy on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside. It’s amazing!
Without a doubt my favorite way to cook a whole chicken is in the Air Fryer. It’s good proof.
What You’ll Need:
- Air Fryer (The brand I use is Cosori)
- Whole young/ small chicken
- Fresh Herbs
- Adobo Seasoning
- Salt, pepper & garlic powder
How To Do It:
First, rinse your chicken. I know that there’s a lot of debate over whether or not that’s necessary. I have always washed mine and always will.
Second, is remove the chicken giblets goody bag that every chicken comes with.
Now dry the chicken off really well. It doesn’t matter if you’ve rinsed it or not. The chicken needs to be dry to get an amazing crispy skin
Next is to make your compound butter. This is up for interpretation. Add your favorite spices. For me the more the merrier!
I personally like to mix soft butter, salt, pepper, adobo seasoning, garlic powder, garlic, basil, thyme, oregano, onion powder and rosemary together and make a paste.
Now slather that all over the chicken. Don’t forget to lift up the skin and spread some on top of the meat itself, too!
Next place the chicken breast side DOWN into the air fryer. Set the temperature for 350° and air fry for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes it will look something like this. Now flip it over.
Place it back into the air fryer to cook for another 30 minutes.
Finally the time is up! The chicken should look perfectly golden with crispy skin and be cooked all the way through.
Carefully remove the chicken and place it on a cutting board. Slice it and eat it however you prefer.
Now that you’ve made the chicken. You May find yourself with leftovers. Here are some great ways to use them up.
- Chicken Salad
- Shredded Chicken Tacos
- Chicken Tetrazzini
- Salad Toppers
- In soups
- In quesadillas
And any other way you can think of! I hope you give air frying a whole chicken a chance if you haven’t already tried it. What a game changer.
I absolutely love the air fryer that I have. Click the image to see the one featured in this post on Amazon.
Air Fryer Whole Chicken
- Air Fryer
- 1 Small/ young Whole Chicken
- 3 Tbs Softened Butter
- 4 Cloves Chopped Garlic
- 1 Tsp Chopped Rosemary
- 1 Tsp Chopped Thyme
- 1 Tsp Oregano
- 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 Tsp Adobo Seasoning
- 1 Tsp Onion Powder
- Salt & Pepper.
- Rinse the chicken, discard the giblets and dry well.
- Make a paste by mixing the butter and all the other ingredients together.
- Spread all over the chicken. Be sure to place some of the butter mixture under the chicken skin.
- Place the chicken breast side down in the air fryer.
- Cook for 30 minutes at 350°
- Flip the chicken over and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
- Carefully remove and place on a cutting board.
- Let the chicken reast for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving