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Air Fryer Whole Chicken

Cooking a whole chicken in the air fryer is a great way to get a delicious, healthy meal on the table. The chicken cooks quickly and evenly, and the results are juicy and crispy. Plus, there's no need to heat up your oven - the air fryer does all the work!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken
Servings: 8
Calories: 290.63kcal
Author: Wendy Polisi


  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 3 to 5-pound whole chicken, neck and giblets removed


  • In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, rosemary, basil, thyme, and black pepper.
  • Place the butter in another small bowl and add half of the spice mixture.
  • Stir until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Rub the butter mixture underneath the skin and dry spices on the outside of the chicken.
  • Tie the legs with kitchen twine if you want.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 350° F.
  • Place the chicken in the basket breast side down.
  • Cook for 40 minutes.
  • Flip and cook for an additional 10 to 20 minutes (depending on the size of your chicken), until the internal temperature is 160° F.
  • Allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before carving and serving.


Calories: 290.63kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.23g | Protein: 20.6g | Fat: 22.24g | Saturated Fat: 8.36g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.77g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8.3g | Trans Fat: 0.34g | Cholesterol: 96.9mg | Sodium: 659.49mg | Potassium: 236.99mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.09g | Vitamin A: 582.71IU | Vitamin C: 1.83mg | Calcium: 21.85mg | Iron: 1.43mg