Looking for the easiest way to cook a whole chicken? Make an Air Fryer Whole Chicken! You have the easiest cooking and you get the juiciest chicken ever with the best crispy skin when you make air fried whole chicken!
Air Fryer Whole Chicken
Rotisserie chicken is one of easiest dinners and while they are easy to pick up from the store they are better and just about as easy to make when you make a whole chicken in the air fryer at home.
What to Serve with Chicken
You can serve this air fried whole chicken as the main dish with sides for an easy week night meal. Just about any side dish goes well with air fried chicken but if you are looking for some easy low carb sides check out some of our favorites.
- Cauliflower Fried Rice
- Whole Roasted Cauliflower
- Green beans with bacon
- Parmesan Asparagus
- Garlic Green Beans
- Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
- Broccoli Slaw
- Air Fryer Asparagus
What I also like to do is use air fried whole chicken to make recipes that call for cooked chicken. I like the short cut of a rotisserie chicken and making the air fryer whole chicken makes it easy to have thee cooked chicken I need for recipes. If you looking for recipes that use cooked chicken check out some of our favorites.
- Buffalo Chicken Casserole
- Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
- Low Carb Chicken Pot Pie
- Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash
- Chicken Salad
- Cobb Salad
- Buffalo chicken dip
- Chicken Caesar Salad
- Buffalo Chicken Wrap
How to Store Leftovers
If you have leftovers you can store them in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 4 days. You can also freeze the left over chicken meat after you remove it from the bone and it will keep frozen for up to 3 months.
Whenever I make a whole chicken I like to make sure I every part of the chicken. So when I make a whole chicken in the air fryer I also then use the carcass to make homemade chicken stock that I then use later in soups.
Tips for making a Chicken in the Air Fryer
Pick the right chicken. When you are picking the chicken to cook make sure it has skin intact, is evenly colored and is fresh.
Remove organ meat. Many times when you buy a whole chicken it comes with the organ meat in the cavity. Be sure you remove the organ meat before cooking.
Tie the legs together. If the chicken doesn’t come with the legs tied together use a piece of twine and tie the legs together.
Room temperature butter. It is important that the butter is at room temperature so you can spread it on the outside of the chicken.
Chicken Size. If you are cooking a larger chicken then it can take longer to cook. I made a 5 pound chicken and it took 50 minutes, but it might take a little bit longer to reach an internal temperature of 160°F if you are cooking a larger chicken.
What temperature do you cook a whole chicken on in an Air Fryer?
When you are cooking a whole chicken in an air fryer you will cook it for 50 minutes at 360°F.
What is the best Air Fryer?
There are many different air fryers out there, amongst our team of foodies our favorites are the Cuisinart Air Fryer and convection oven combo, Power XL Pro and the Ninja Foodi 9-in-One . If you don’t have either of them you can use the air fryer you have, but if you are looking to get started with cooking food in an air fryer then our suggestion is that you want to get one of those.
Air Fryer Whole Chicken Ingredients
- whole chicken
- butter, room temperature
- parsley, chopped
- garlic cloves
How to Make a whole chicken in the Air Fryer
In a small mixing bowl mix together the butter, parsley, salt, pepper, and garlic mix everything well. Slice the chicken and the onion.
Pat the chicken dry with some paper towels. Rub the butter over the whole chicken including under the skin of the breast.
Place the slices of onion and lemon inside the chicken.
Place the chicken breast side down in the air fryer at 360°F for 25 minutes.
Flip the chicken over so its now breast side up and set it for another 25 minutes.
Check the chicken at the 25 minute mark with a meat thermometer – you need to cook it until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160°F. If it is not done when you check it cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.
Easy Dinner Recipes
Air Fryer Whole Chicken
- 5 pound whole chicken
- ¼ cup butter room temperature
- 1 teaspoon parsley chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ½ lemon quartered
- ½ onion quartered
- In a small mixing bowl mix together the butter, parsley, salt, pepper, and garlic.
- Pat the chicken dry with some paper towels. Rub the butter over the whole chicken including under the skin of the breast.
- Place the chicken breast side down in the air fryer at 360°F for 25 minutes. Flip the chicken over so its now breast side up and set it for another 25 minutes, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160°F.