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January 13, 2020 2 Comments

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
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • 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.

Chicken Uses:

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

Crispy skinned chicken using an air fryer
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, whole chicken
Author: Al Dente Diva


  • 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
Tara Ippolito

About Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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  • KnRsDad January 14, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    If I had the counter space, it would be a toss up between this and a stand mixer. I’d probably lean to this as it’s more versatile, but the meat grinder and pasta attachment on a stand mixer, is very appealing.

    I think I just need another kitchen!!!

    • Al Dente Diva January 14, 2020 at 1:41 pm

      Haha serious. I need a pasta maker sooooo bad. Always wanted a meat grinder too

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