I’ve told myself numerous times since I’ve received the Air-Fryer for review back in 2018 that I will roast a whole chicken in it. I finally did it during the last week of December 2020. The result was wonderful but the air-fryer was smoky. We had to open windows to let the smoke out while the chicken was cooking. It was weird because the air-fryer never did that with the other dishes I’ve made before. I even set it on 345° instead of the recommended 365°. I don’t know, maybe my air-fryer is old(2018) 🤷 or it’s probably because of the seasoning. In any event, the chicken turned out really good. It was moist with crispy skin and I would air-fry a whole chicken again if it wasn’t too smoky while cooking. That would be the only reason why I wouldn’t cook this way again because taste and texture wise, the chicken was perfect. I hope your air-fryer is better than mine.
Air-Fried Whole Chicken
- 1 whole chicken
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp chili powder
- oil spray
- Wash the chicken thoroughly. Remove/discard the innards. Dry pat the whole chicken with paper towel. Preheat the air-fryer to 345°.
- In a bowl, combine salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and chili powder. Set aside.
- Season both sides of the chicken with the seasoning. Place the chicken in the air-fryer basket, breast side down. Lightly spray the top with oil-spray. Stick the air-fryer basket back into the base. Set to 60 minutes to cook.
- It looks like this after 60 minutes. Flip it to cook the other side, breast side up. Lightly spray the top with oil-spray, return to the base to cook for another 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes it looks like this. It still needs more cooking time so put it back in the air-fryer for another 8 minutes.
- The recommended temperature for a cooked chicken is 160° but I always shoot for 180°.
Let it rest for 5 minutes before cutting up the pieces.
Served with steamed green beans and penne pasta side. Plus gravy which was from the chicken drippings + flour + water, salt & pepper, all whisked together in medium heat until desired gravy consistency.
Have you tried air-frying a whole chicken? This looks good, no?