Can You Cook a Chicken in an Air Fryer

Can You Cook a Chicken in an Air Fryer?

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Many people ask… Can you cook a chicken in an air fryer? The answer is, yes you can. Air frying is a quick and easy method of cooking a chicken, resulting in crispy skin and juicy, tender meat. This method only requires minutes of your time and some ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

Whether you’re an experienced air fryer ninja or are new to the game, this article will help you master this method, so that you’ll have delicious and juicy chicken every time.

To cook a chicken in an air fryer, you’ll need:

  • A whole chicken (Choose a size that fits your air fryer basket while still having space around the sides)
  • Cooking oil (olive oil, or spray oil)
  • A dry rub of your choice
  • Optional – adding salt helps crisp up the skin

How to Cook a Chicken in an Air Fryer?

  1. preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees. Then, wash and pat the chicken dry.
  2. Coat the chicken in olive oil, salt, and spices of your choice—whatever you usually use for roasting will work just fine (we’re fans of garlic powder and a little bit of paprika).
  3. Place the chicken inside the air fryer basket and cook for 30 minutes.
  4. Flip the chicken over so it’s breast-side down. At this point, you can also cook at a lower heat if you’d like (around 300 degrees) for an additional 15-30 minutes.

If you’re not sure whether or not your chicken is done yet, check that juices running from the meat run clear with no traces of pink and that the internal temperature of the chicken has reached 170 degrees, you can check this by using a Meat Thermometer.

Once you’ve finished cooking your air fried roast chicken, let it rest for about 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!


Cooking a chicken in an air fryer offers many benefits, such as the fact that it cooks the chicken thoroughly and evenly without relying on the potentially carcinogenic extra step of basting the chicken with butter, making it much healthier while still maintaining that same delicious taste.

While most people are familiar with oven-baked chicken, air frying is a growing trend that doesn’t require such careful monitoring, but still produces a crispy, juicy roast.

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