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Air Fryer Whole Chicken – 3 Ingredients!

air fryer whole chicken

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Do you have an air fryer? If so, welcome to the party! I resisted for a long time, but gave in during the pandemic as I cooked much more often. I purchased the Nuwave Duet Pressure Cooker Air Fryer with Combo Cook Technology which works as both an instant pot and an air fryer, so no need to buy two separate units. I love my air fryer and use it often. However, the Instant Pot capability, not so much. If you have to choose one or the other, I definitely recommend the air fryer.

lemony hot air fryer whole chicken

Today I went to the supermarket to pick up a rotisserie chicken to make a simple dinner. They almost always have hot rotisserie chickens for sale, but today for some reason, they did not. Feeling ambitious, I instead purchased a whole chicken to cook myself in the air fryer. And now, I’m not sure I’ll ever buy another rotisserie chicken at the market again – the air fryer recipe was simple, and the results delicious! Crispy skin, tender and juicy meat, and no oil needed!
It’s important to know up front that these air fryers are not large. The size of my inner bowl is only 6 quarts (4 quarts with the air fryer basket), so it was important to find a whole chicken under 5 lbs. in order to fit. Here’s the recipe”

hot air fryer whole chicken


1 4-5 pound whole chicken – inside packet removed
2 tablespoon  All Purpose Greek Seasoning

1 whole lemon 

(plus you will need cooking spray)


  • Pat your chicken dry with paper towels.
  • Lightly spray all sides of the chicken with cooking spray.
  • Sprinkle with Greek Seasoning top to bottom.
  • With the breast side down, place the chicken in the air fryer basket.
  • Set temperature to 360 degrees for 40 minutes.
  • After 40 minutes, turn the chicken over using tongs.
  • Continue cooking at 360 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
  • Chicken is done when the temperature reaches 165 degrees.(Check temperature with a meat thermometer to ensure cooking is complete)
  • Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes.
  • Carve and drizzle with fresh lemon juice
  • Serve and enjoy!

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