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Air Fryer Whole Chicken slathered with a garlic-herb dry spice rub then air fried to golden crispy. The chicken is super juicy inside and the skin is shattering crisp outside. Just like your favorite rotisserie chicken perfectly air fried. For just 10 minutes of active effort? Yes please!

Whole chicken air fried with garlic and herbs served over a large plate



Juicy moist inside and with golden crispy outer skins! This air fryer rotisserie chicken is THE Air Fryer Whole Chicken recipe you’ll make over and over again!

I was intimidated to use Air Fryer although I got the model for free in exchange for a cookbook review. I let it sit in the basement for an entire winter until this summer, I finally decided to give it a try.

I have to say that I felt in love after the first time use because it didn’t heat up my kitchen and there was no frying mess over the kitchen counter. However, it still takes some trial-and-error to nail down the exact cooking time whenever I try a new ingredient or cook with different quantity.


  1. The size of your air fryer matters. For a 5 quart air fryer, I recommend a 3 lbs whole chicken to make the best air fried rotisserie chicken. For a 6 quart fryer, 4 to 4.5 lbs bird should give the fryer enough room for air circulation.
  2. Use dry spice rub. Fresh herbs get burnt easily in an air fryer so use your favorite dry spice rub combo. My basic spice rub combo is – salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder.
  3. Breast side down first. Roast the whole chicken breast side down first then flip it to breast side up. This way the chicken will be roasted evenly and all-around golden delicious.
  4. Use a meat thermometer. Different brands of air fryers come with various default cook time settings. Use a thermometer to test the roasted chicken temperature and it should read at least 165F at the thickest part of the bird without touching the bones.


prep time: 10 MINS
cook time: 50 MINS
total time: 1 HR
Air Fryer Whole Chicken with garlic-herb spice rub and air fried to golden juicy. You’re gonna love this rotisserie style whole chicken!


For a 5 qt. Air fryer:

  • 3 lbs whole chicken
  • 1.5 tsp coarse salt
  • ¼ tsp each black peppersweet paprika
  • ½ tsp each garliconion powder,
  • ½ tsp each dry rosemarydry thyme (or 1 tsp Italian seasoning)

For a 6 qt. Air fryer:

  • 4 lbs whole chicken
  • 2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/4 tsp each black peppersweet paprika
  • ½ tsp each garliconion powder,
  • ½ tsp each dry rosemarydry thyme (or 1 tsp Italian seasoning)


  • 5 or 6 quart Air Fryer


  • Remove the giblets inside the whole chicken cavity. Pat dry with a clean paper towel.
  • Combine dry spice seasonings from salt to thyme in a bowl.
  • Use your fingers to gently separate the skin from the meat to create small pockets. Be careful not to tear the skin. Stuff the dry spice mixture under the skin and use your hands to gently spread the spices as even as you can. Make sure to season the outer interior and the back of the bird.
  • Place the whole chicken breast side down in the air fryer. Roast at 360F for 30 minutes.
  • Flip the chicken (now breast side up and roast at the same temperature for 20 minutes (3 lbs. chicken) or 25 minutes (4 lbs. chicken).
  • Test the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. It should reach at least 165F at the thickest part without touching the bones. If not, send it back and roast for 5 additional minutes then test the temperature again.
  • Allow the chicken to rest for 10 minutes before carving. The bottom of the air fryer basket will catch all the chicken juice. Serve the juice on the side if you like.


The nutrition label is calculated with a 3 lbs. whole chicken.

The air fryer I used in the photo is this model. It’s cheaper, compared to others but the size is bulky. If you are looking for an air fryer, Cosori and Breville seem to have great reviews on amazon.


serving: 1servingcalories: 356kcalcarbohydrates: 1gprotein: 31gfat: 25gsaturated fat: 7gcholesterol: 122mgsodium: 115mgpotassium: 326mgfiber: 1gsugar: 1gvitamin a: 720iuvitamin c: 2.6mgcalcium: 18mgiron: 1.6mg
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