Air Fryer Whole Chicken

Air Fryer Whole Chicken – the most tender and juicy chicken you will ever eat! SO easy to make in the air fryer. Brush the chicken in a mixture of oil, oregano, paprika, lime juice, cumin, sugar, salt, and pepper. Ready to eat in under an hour! You will never buy another rotisserie chicken from the grocery store again. YUM!

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Easy Peruvian Chicken

This recipe is from a friend of mine. She made this Peruvian Whole Chicken and posted it on Facebook. She couldn’t stop raving about how tender and juicy the chicken was. I immediately asked for the recipe! OMG! Let me tell you, this chicken is AMAZING! Loaded with tons of great flavors and super easy to make in the air fryer.

How to Air Fry Whole Chicken

Cooking a whole chicken is very easy in the air fryer. I started with seasoning the chicken with a blackened Peruvian marinade made with oil, lime juice, sugar, cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper. Brush the marinade all over and inside the chicken. Next, tie the wings and legs with some kitchen twine. Place the chicken in the air fryer basket and bake.

I placed the chicken in the air fryer belly side down and flipped it over midway through the cooking time. This will help get all of the skin nice and browned.

The chicken needs to cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature. You may need to adjust the cooking time depending on the size of your chicken and your brand of air fryer.

What to Serve with a Chicken Dinner

This Air Fryer Whole Chicken was a huge hit at our house. We almost finished the whole thing for lunch between the two of us. It was so tender and juicy. Leftovers are great chopped up for a chicken salad sandwich or in an easy chicken casserole. We served this with some potatoes and green beans. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this chicken dinner:

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air fryer whole chicken

Air Fryer Whole Chicken

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Air Fryer Whole Chicken – the most tender and juicy chicken you will ever eat! SO easy to make in the air fryer. Brush the chicken in a mixture of oil, oregano, paprika, lime juice, cumin, sugar, salt, and pepper. Ready to eat in under an hour! You will never buy another rotisserie chicken from the grocery store again. YUM!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (3½-lb) whole chicken
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp sugar, optional
  • tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Instructions:

  • Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. Combine the remaining chicken ingredients in a small bowl and coat the chicken with the mixture.
  • Tie the legs together with a piece of cooking twine. Tie the wings against the breasts with another piece of twine.
  • Place chicken belly side down in the air fryer basket.
  • Set air fryer to 350ºF. Cook for 25 minutes.
  • Turn chicken over and cook an additional 25 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 165ºF.
  • Let chicken rest 5 to 10 minutes before carving.

Notes:

Omit sugar for a low-carb/keto-friendly dish.
Remove the skin for a low-calorie dish.
Cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.

Steph

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  1. Just wanted to let you know about a typo so you can fix it. It says “dired” oregano. Have a great day & thanks for the recipe. I need to see if a chicken will fit in my 5 quart fryer.

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