Air Fryer Whole Chicken

Yes, you can do a whole roast chicken in the air fryer! This handy appliance does a great job on most proteins. As long as you adjust the size chicken to the air fryer capacity, it will turn out great! I love to use butter and mixed fresh herbs to prepare chicken. Dried herbs may be used, but you'll use far less, due to the concentrated flavor of the dried herbs. We enjoy this lovely roast chicken with simple potatoes and vegetables, and perhaps a green salad.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Rest Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 (5 pound) whole chicken

  • 8 sprigs fresh rosemary, divided

  • 4 sprigs fresh sage

  • 4 sprigs fresh oregano

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided


  1. Pat chicken dry, inside and out, with paper towels. Remove giblets, trim away any excess fat, and discard.

  2. Tie 4 sprigs rosemary, sage, and oregano together into an herb bundle with string. Bundle should be about 1/2-inch in diameter. Set aside.

  3. Combine salt and pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon seasoning mixture inside the cavity of the chicken and place the herb bundle inside.

  4. Gently loosen the skin over the breasts and thighs. Insert 1 teaspoon butter and 1 sprig of rosemary beneath the skin of each breast and thigh. Using your fingertips, rub butter all over the skin of the chicken, and place any excess butter inside the cavity of the chicken.

  5. Sprinkle remaining seasoning mixture over the entire chicken. Place in the air fryer basket, breast-side down.

  6. Air-fry at 370 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 45 minutes. Using tongs, carefully flip the chicken, breast-side up, and continue to air-fry until skin is crisp and brown, 15 more minutes.

  7. Tent aluminum foil over the chicken and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of one of the thighs should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). If needed, return to the air fryer and cook in 5-minute increments until safe temperature is achieved.

  8. To serve, remove herb bundle and carve.

Cook's Notes:

This recipe was developed in a 5.3-quart capacity, nonstick, basket-style air fryer. A different air fryer style or capacity may yield different results. If desired, cooking spray may be used, prior to placing the chicken in the air fryer.

You can use combination of fresh herbs, e.g. sage, rosemary, chives, oregano and/or thyme, whatever your family likes, 3 to 4 sprigs each. Use a generous 2 teaspoons total of dried herbs, or to taste, instead if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

638 Calories
46g Fat
0g Carbs
53g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 638
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 46g 59%
Saturated Fat 14g 71%
Cholesterol 221mg 74%
Sodium 443mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 53g
Potassium 548mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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