Why it’s so good!

This air fryer roast chicken is my answer to the most delicious rotisserie chicken ever — but better. It requires minimal hands on time, making it an ideal choice for busy weeknights and is one of the most flavourful and juicy chicken recipes I’ve ever tasted, all while remaining perfectly crispy on the outside thanks to the air fryer.

  • Only requires about 10 minutes of prep time.
  • Seasoned with a variety of simple herbs and spices.
  • So juicy and tender.
  • Easy enough to make for family dinner, impressive enough for guests.
  • Can be paired with a variety of sides and accompaniments.

I’ve made this air fryer chicken recipe every Thursday for the past 3 years or so. Every Thursday. While I tweaked the seasoning, minimally, for the first couple of years, I now haven’t changed it in a year so I knew it was time to share it here. We love, love, love it in my house. The seasoning blend tastes amazing, and the skin comes out golden brown and crunchy. It’s flavour central and you can even make up a big batch of seasoning and keep it on hand.

If you want an oven baked chicken try this herb roasted chicken too.

A whole air fryer roast chicken on a platter.


Ingredients for air fryer roast chicken on a baking tray.

Jump to the recipe for full ingredients and instructions.

  • Whole chicken: I typically opt for one around 1.8 kg (4 lbs) in size. The amount of seasoning coats and seasons that size perfectly plus it’s close to the max size my air fryer will accept.
  • Vegetable oil: To help the seasonings stick and to ensure the crispy skin I know you all love. Don’t be tempted to cut back on the oil — your air fryer roast chicken won’t come out the same. I tend to steer away from olive oil for cooking since it loses it’s flavor in the cooking process anyway.
  • Chippy salt: Specifically, I like the Anchor brand chippy salt best for seasoning chicken (and chips, of course). If you don’t have access to it you can make your own similar substitute by mixing salt, onion and garlic powders (the recipe for that in the recipe card). You can of course try a different brand of “chicken salt” but you’ll get a slightly different flavour as they all vary.
  • Onion powder: There isn’t enough in the chippy salt for all the seasoning we need so add some more onion powder.
  • Mustard powder: Even if you don’t like mustard, don’t worry — you can’t taste a distinct mustard flavour, I promise you. Please don’t leave it out. My mum does not like mustard powder but she loves this chicken and the seasoning.
  • Paprika: Preferably, use mild or sweet paprika. Smoked is optional if you love that smoky flavour.
  • Garlic powder: Garlic powder adds more oomph and umami.
  • Dried ground sage: Finally, I also use dried ground sage. As a note, this air fryer roast chicken recipe works with other seasonings too, but obviously, the flavour will vary. You can swap the sage for ground thyme too which is lovely. If you can’t find it pre-ground, invest in a spice grinder (they’re super handy and not too pricey) and grind your own.

How to air fry a whole chicken

This roasted air fryer chicken is so easy to make with very little effort. You’ll need to spend about 10 minutes of prep time to get it ready, then all that’s left is to be patient as it air fries.

If you don’t have an air fryer, it can be done in the oven too — roast at 200°C/390°F for around 1 hour and 15 minutes, making sure to turn it halfway through. Just bear in mind the skin doesn’t turn out quite as crispy in the oven.

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1. Recipe prep

If you have time and think ahead, take the chicken out of any packaging and sit it on a plate in the fridge. This is to let the chicken dry, or more importantly the skin, so that it gets extra crispy.

Take the chicken out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you get started cooking. Dry the chicken thoroughly (outside and inside) with a paper towel.

Add the oil and spices to a small bowl and mix to combine. This homemade poultry seasoning is truly the best.

The seasoning for air fryer roast chicken in a ramekin.
Whisking the seasoning together.

2. Apply the rub to the chicken

Using your hands or a brush, apply the rub to the chicken. Focus on the breast, wings, drumsticks, and thighs. Don’t worry about the back area. While many roast chicken recipes will add things like rosemary and lemon in the cavity, I choose not to so the air can circulate right around the meat and cook it evenly.

Dressing the chicken with the seasoning.

3. Air fry

Place the seasoned chicken in the air fryer basket with the breast side down. Air fry at 180°C/350°F for 30 minutes.

Putting the whole chicken into the roast chicken.

4. Flip

Flip the air fryer chicken, breast side up — it should be very pale — and air fry for another 15-25 minutes. The cooking time will depend on the exact size of your chicken and how cold it was before it went into the air fryer.

After about 15 minutes or so, use a meat thermometer to test the temperature. Perfectly cooked chicken should be 74°C/165°F in the thickest part of the breast.

Whole chicken in the air fryer basket flipped to show the breast side.

5. Rest

When the internal temperature has reached 74°C/165°F, transfer the air fryer roast chicken to a cutting board, breast side up. JUST LOOK AT THAT SKIN! Let it rest for at least 10 minutes before carving to allow the juices to redistribute.

A whole air fryer chicken on a cutting board, resting.

Tips and tricks

  • Keep in mind that the air frying time will vary according to the size of your chicken. Remember that I’m using a 1.8 kg (4 lbs) bird for my air fryer roast chicken recipe, and it takes around 50 minutes. You may have to play around with the air frying time if you use a smaller or larger chicken.
  • A meat thermometer is your best friend here. It’s worth investing in a good one as you can use it for everything from roast chicken to steak. If you don’t have one, check that the juices are running clear by poking a knife between the thigh and the breast.
  • You must rest the chicken for about 10 minutes to let the flavours and juices settle. This absolutely makes a difference to how moist and tender your chicken is. No rest = drier chicken. I find the 10 minutes (12 actually) is the perfect amount of time to air fry a batch of frozen chips since the air fryer is already used, hot and ready to go. The perfect weeknight dinner, sorted!
  • Save the schmaltz! The oil/drippings in the the bottom of the airfryer are delicious. You can spoon a little over the chicken on serving or skim off the actual fat (called schmaltz) and store it in a jar in the fridge. It’s great for roasting potatoes in or just using as an oil to saute pretty much anything.
Closeup of a wing portion of air fryer roast chicken

What to serve with this air fryer whole chicken recipe

You can keep things simple and serve some frozen chips, or you can make a batch of shoestring fries. Some other delicious potato options include my Parmesan smashed potatoes and fluffy mashed potatoes.

If you prefer vegetables with your roast chicken in the air fryer, try maple roasted carrots, roasted miso mushrooms, or a large rocket salad. Garlic dinner rolls are always a good idea as well.

Roast chicken pairs beautifully with romesco sauce too.

My easy weeknight roasted veggies

With our Thursday night chicken, I always like to do a fridge vegetable drawer clean out and use up anything we haven’t eaten that week. We’re creatures of habit and generally have the same things left at that time of week like half an onion, a capsicum (bell pepper), some broccoli florets and we always have carrots. It takes me about 10 minutes to get these prepped and onto a tray in the oven as it preheats. Here goes;

  1. Prep a baking sheet by covering it with a sheet of aluminium foil AND a sheet of baking paper. No washing up and no sticking.
  2. Cut the carrots into 1cm thick wedges. Make the broccoli florets large bite size if they aren’t already smaller than that. Cut the capsicum into thick chunks discarding the seeds. Cut the onion into wedges.
  3. Toss all the veggies onto the baking tray, then scatter over a little salt and black pepper. Drizzle over a good lug of oil (maybe a couple of teaspoons), then about the same of red wine vinegar and often I’ll add 1 clove of minced garlic too.
  4. Give it all a good mix up and place it into your oven that’s preheating to 190C/375F, turning them halfway. They’ll be done by the time the chicken and chips are done and if they look done sooner, just turn the oven off.

This is really such a versatile roasted vegetable recipe. Got some cauliflower, brussels sprouts or green beans in your veggie drawer, use those. Even some baby potatoes. Use whatever you have on hand. If you notice anything cooking too quickly, just set them aside, then add them back in the last 10 minutes to heat through.


Can you roast a chicken in an air fryer?

Yes, as you can see, air frying a whole chicken is possible! All you need to do is apply the seasoning, air fry breast side down for about 30 minutes, flip, and roast for another 20-25 minutes. As noted, you do need to make sure that your air fryer is large enough to fit a whole chicken. Otherwise, it’s a very easy and straightforward process. And for even cooking, take it out of the fridge 30 minutes before cooking.

How long does air fryer take to cook chicken?

To air fry a whole chicken, it depends on its size. As you can see here, a 1.8 kg/4 lbs bird will take about 50-55 minutes. It will, of course, take less time for a smaller chicken and more time for a larger one.

Why does my air fryer take so long to cook chicken?

If your air fryer roast chicken recipe is taking much longer than suggested, your air fryer basket may be too full, meaning, your air fryer is too small. Or, your chicken may have been too cold to start. Be sure to pull it out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before roasting!


Store leftover air fryer roasted chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it will keep for up to 4 days. Use your air fryer to reheat it at 190°C/375°F for 5-10 minutes or until warmed through.

Leftovers can also be stored in the freezer. It’s great to have at the ready for an easy fried rice dinner. I use silicone freezer storage cubes to portion and freeze the shredded chicken, then transfer it to an airtight container or ziplock bags once solid, knowing that I can take just as much as I want and I know the exact quantity easily.

Souper cubes (avail on Amazon) are great for freezing in portions but I actually own the Smash brand (if you’re in Australia, these are available in Woolies). They start around $20 but you use them over and over again so well worth the investment.

Getting ahead

This air fryer roast chicken is also a great way to get ahead for the week. Cook it on a Sunday ready for lunches during the week. The leftover chicken is lovely in a chicken salad, in sandwiches or chicken noodle soup.

Wing portion of a roast chicken on a platter.

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Whole air fryer roast chicken with sage potatoes in a serving platter.
5 from 5 ratings
This air fryer roast chicken is juicy and tender inside with perfect crispy skin. It has a delicious rotisserie chicken style seasoning and is so easy to make.


  • 1.8 kg whole chicken (4lb)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (notes 1)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chippy salt (or notes 2)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika (mild or sweet)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried ground sage

For best results, always weigh ingredients where a weight is provided


  • Air fryer


  • Take the chicken out of the fridge 30 minutes before starting. If you cook it straight from the fridge, the cooking will be uneven and may take longer leaving you with dry parts.
  • Dry the chicken skin all over and inside with paper towel.
  • Mix the oil and spices in a small bowl or jug. Don’t try to cut back the oil or the seasoning won’t spread or brown so well.
  • Brush or rub the seasoning mix all over the chicken focusing mainly on the breast, wings, drumsticks and thighs (You can leave the back area bare).
  • Place in the air fryer basket, breast side down, and cook at 180C/350F for 30 minutes.
  • Carefully flip the chicken so the breast is facing up (the breast will be very pale at this point) and cook another 20-25 minutes at 180C/350F.
  • Test the temperature using a meat thermometer – it should reach 74C / 165F in the thickest part of the breast. If it’s close but not done, just give it another 3 minutes cooking.
  • Transfer, breast side up, to a chopping board and rest for 10 minutes before carving. Don’t skip resting as it allows the juices to redistribute.
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  1. Tablespoons: I use a standard Australian 20ml tablespoon (equal to 4 teaspoons). Check yours before measuring.
  2. Chippy salt is a mixture of salt and seasonings. If you can’t find it, simply use 1 teaspoon of fine sea salt, an extra 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder and garlic powder for a close enough substitute.
  3. If you can’t get ground sage, dried will work or blend some dried sage in a spice blender or mortar and pestle.
  4. Roast veggies: Check out my easy roast veggies that cook in the same time in the oven while this chicken is in the air fryer. Bonus! It’s a no washing up recipe.
  5. Nutrition details are approximate only – scroll below the recipe to find the full nutritional information.
Have you tried this recipe?Don’t forget to leave a rating and comment below and let me know how it was! I love hearing from you. Nutrition information is approximate and derived from an online calculator. The brands you use may cause variations.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Roast Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 532 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 162mg54%
Sodium 1024mg45%
Potassium 430mg12%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 0.1g0%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 426IU9%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.