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whole chicken in an air fryer

Air Fryer Whole Chicken

This Air Fryer Whole Chicken is so simple and delicious. In under one hour you can have an incredibly juicy and tender chicken, with an irresistible crispy skin. You'll never want to buy a grocery store rotisserie chicken again!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 307kcal


  • Air Fryer



  • Remove chicken from packaging and pat dry with paper towels. Remove and discard neck and giblets from cavity of chicken.
  • Loosen skin from the breast meat of the chicken by running a small spatula or your fingers gently underneath the skin. Spread 2 tablespoons of softened butter underneath the skin on both breasts. Use your fingers to spread it around under the skin.
  • Liberally sprinkle the bbq seasoning over all sides of the chicken and rub into the skin so that it sticks. Place the whole chicken breast-side down in the basket of your air fryer.
  • Set the air fryer to 350 degrees and cook the chicken for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes is up, pull out the basket and flip the chicken breast side up. Place back in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 15-25 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees.
  • Allow chicken to rest for about 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!


Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 240mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg