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roasted chicken in the air fryer

Air Fryer Whole Chicken Recipe

This easy Air Fryer Whole Chicken is roasted to perfection and is perfect for a busy weeknight meal. The chicken is ready in less than an hour as well as it is juicy with the crispiest skin. Requires a few simple ingredients.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people
Calories 138kcal


  • Air Fryer


  • 5 Lbs. Whole Chicken Spatchcock; See Notes
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Pepper Seasoning Base
  • 1 ½ Tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 ½ Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

Original Recipe For The Ingredients

  • 5 Lbs. Whole Chicken giblets removed
  • ½ 1 Bell Pepper Optional
  • 1 Small Onion Optional
  • Olive Oil Spray

Original Recipe For The Rub

  • 1 ½ Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika

Original Recipe For the Baste

  • 2 Tbsp. Melted Butter Unsalted
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Parsley Chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Thyme Chopped; Dried herbs are fine to use.


  • Clean the chicken thoroughly. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Next, place the chicken on a plate or in the air frying basket. 
    In a small bowl, mix the dry ingredients well. 
    Rub olive oil over the chicken to help the seasoning stick to the meat.
    Use your hands or spoon and apply the seasoning all over the meat (“inside” and “out”).   
    Air fry the whole chicken at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Baste the chicken with the melted butter and herbs, if desired or simply apply olive oil on the chicken to keep it crispy. Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy. 
    Spatchcock on wooden board.

Original Directions For The Rub (Optional Method)

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika together. Set aside. 
    Seasoned chicken in air fryer basket

Original Directions For The Chicken (Optional Method)

  • Wash and pat the chicken dry. Be sure to remove the giblets.
    Place the chicken in a large bowl. Cut the onions and peppers into large pieces and stuff them inside the chicken. Next, apply the rub all over the chicken.
    Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray. Place the chicken breast down in the basket, then cook on 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Within one minute remaining, melt the butter and mix in the herbs in a small bowl.
    Whole Chicken facing side up
  • Baste the chicken with the melted butter and herbs mixture. Cook for an additional 20 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy. 
    roasted chicken in the air fryer



This air fryer whole chicken recipe was originally posted on June 9, 2018. The pictures and ingredients were updated, video is also included. 


Serving: 4g | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.5g | Protein: 6.1g | Fat: 11.5g | Saturated Fat: 2.3g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 1.5g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.9mg