Easiest Ever Air Fryer Whole Chicken

Air fryer whole roasted chicken
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 whole chicken

This air fryer method has quickly become my new go-to for roasting a whole chicken — it’s so simple and yields a juicy, golden chicken every single time. I love the way the skin comes out extra crispy while the meat is still super tender. Plus, it’s even faster than roasting in the oven and cleanup is minimal. This simple seasoning combination of garlic powder and paprika is my go-to for an easy weeknight dinner, but you can easily customize the seasonings to your taste — I’ve tried it with shawarma spices, zatar, you name it! The options are endless, and this basic air fryer method will ensure the chicken comes out perfectly cooked every time. Serve with crusty French bread and a simple green salad for the perfect easy dinner.

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1 3-4
lb whole chicken, giblets removed
Salt, to taste
Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Tbsp garlic powder
tsp paprika
Freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Fresh parsley, finely chopped.

To serve

Crusty French bread
Green salad



This recipe requires 1 hour brining time.

Ingredients for air fryer whole roast chicken
Step 1

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and ensure the chicken cavity is empty.

Step 2

Dry brine the chicken by salting it liberally, ensuring all surface area is coated with salt. Let salted chicken rest, covered in the fridge, for at least 1 hour or up to overnight (the longer the chicken can dry brine, the more flavourful the meat will be and the crispier the skin will be).

A salted chicken on a plate
Step 3

Rub the dry brined chicken all over with olive oil, then sprinkle with garlic powder, paprika and pepper, ensuring chicken is well-coated with all seasoning.

A seasoned chicken on a plate
Step 4

Place the chicken breast-side down into air fryer basket and air fry for 30 minutes at 350°F.

A chicken laid breast-down in an air fryer basket
Step 5

Flip the chicken over and cook for 20-30 minutes or until an instant read thermometer reaches 165°F.

A chicken in an air fryer basket
Step 6

Remove chicken from air fryer and let rest for 15 minutes (this will ensure that the chicken retains all of its flavourful juices).

A roasted chicken in an air fryer basket
Step 7

Sprinkle chicken with fresh parsley. Carve and serve immediately with crusty French bread and green salad.

A whole roasted chicken on a serving platter, surrounded by bread and salad.

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