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Air Fryer Whole Chicken

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Air fryer whole chicken has the perfect blend of dry rub spices. The chicken comes out of the air fryer moist and delicious.

Air Fryer whole chicken with dry rub

Did you know you can cook a whole chicken in the air fryer? It’s another reason to love this kitchen appliance so much. The air fryer gives the outside of the chicken nice crispy skin, while the meat inside is nice and juicy. It’s such a versatile meal too.

You can eat the chicken with your favorite salad or side dish or shred the chicken and use in another meal.

All you need is a whole raw chicken, about 5 lbs, and several spices that you likely already have in your pantry.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Easy, no mess air fryer cooking
  • Delicious mixture of dry rub spices
  • Crispy skin, juicy meat
  • Versatile, chicken can be used in other recipes too
  • Chicken makes great meal prep for the week
Air Fryer whole chicken with dry rub

Ingredients

What you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • Whole raw chicken
  • Salt
  • White pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Dried thyme
Air Fryer whole chicken with dry rub

How to make this recipe

1 – Remove the chicken from any packaging and pat dry with a paper towel.

2 – Combine the salt, white pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne and thyme in a small bowl. Rub the spice mix all over the chicken.

3 – Place the chicken breast side down in the air fryer basket and cook at 370 degrees for 30 minutes. Flip the chicken over to breast side up and cook for an additional 30 minutes.

The internal temperature of the chicken should be at least 165 degrees. Measure this at the thickest part of the chicken near the bone. Continue cooking until chicken reaches temperature.

Air Fryer whole chicken with dry rub

How do I store my leftover chicken?

Place cooled chicken in an airtight container, or wrap tightly in aluminum foil. Store in the refrigerator for 3 days.

Can I freeze my leftover chicken?

Yes! Place the cooled chicken in a freezer safe container or freezer bag. Store for up to 3 months. 

Please Note

Different air fryer brands may cook at different rates, so be sure to keep on eye on your food so it doesn’t burn.

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Calories per serving (approximately 1/2 cup, so skin): 329

Yield: 8 Servings

Air Fryer Whole Chicken

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Air fryer whole chicken has the perfect blend of dry rub spices. The chicken comes out of the air fryer moist and delicious.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 lb whole raw chicken
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme

Instructions

  1. Remove chicken from any packaging and pat dry with a paper towel. 
  2. Combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne and thyme in a small bowl. Rub the spice mix all over the chicken. 
  3. Place chicken breast side down in the air fryer basket. Cook at 370° for 30 minutes. Flip the chicken over to breast side up and cook for an additional 30 minutes, or until chicken reaches 165°.

Notes

    • The internal temperature of the chicken should be at least 165 degrees. Measure this at the thickest part of the chicken near the bone. Continue cooking until chicken reaches temperature.
    • Different air fryer brands may cook at different rates, so be sure to keep on eye on food.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 158mgSodium: 578mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 52g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed. Nutrition facts for this recipe are measured without the skin and bones of the chicken.

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