Air Fryer Whole Chicken in 50 minutes!

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I spent all weekend working in my garden (and preparing my new plot). I will share details soon. After two long days in the garden, bending and stooping, lifting, shoveling, raking, fencing, and digging I was tired and sore last night (and it’s worse today).

When you’re tired but want a good meal for dinner an air fryer recipe seems to be just the ticket!

If your family is like mine, each member likes a different piece/cut of chicken. She likes the breast, he only eats drumsticks, he likes thighs but will eat wings too… Sometimes that means cooking a whole is easiest to make everyone happy. However, cooking a whole chicken takes a bit of time – you have to plan ahead.

Not anymore! With the recipe below you can cook a whole chicken in your air fryer in less than an hour. 50 minutes to be precise!

Air Fryer Whole Chicken in Just 50 Minutes!



1 whole thawed chicken
seasonings of your choice (in a hurry, an oil-based salad dressing works well)


  1. Place your chicken, breast side down, into the basket of your air fryer.
    (I have this 6 quart DASH air fryer and I love it!)
  2. Sprinkle seasonings onto the chicken.
  3. Slide the basket into the air fryer. Set the temperature to 450°. Set timer for 25 minutes.
  4. After the timer ends, pull out the basket and turn the chicken over, breast side up.
    (The turning process can be a little tricky in the hot basket, I recommend these heat resistant grilling gloves. I use them and they make “flipping the bird” a lot easier.)
  5. Add additional seasonings to this side.
  6. Slide the basket back into the air fryer and set the timer for another 25 minutes.
  7. When the timer this time, take the basket out and set it on either some potholders or the stovetop grate for about five minutes. This allows the juices to absorb and lets it cool to make handling it a little easier.
  8. After the five minutes (or more if you prefer) remove the chicken and slice it up to serve.

* The cook time could vary a little due to different chicken weights. It is best to temp the chicken before getting ready to cut and serve. A kitchen thermometer like this one is very handy to have. Cooked chicken should register a minimum of 165° Fahrenheit. *

What is your favorite thing to make in your air fryer?

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