Air fryer roast chicken takes only 3 ingredients and is ready without turning on the oven!

Make a whole roasted chicken with crispy skin and loaded with savory flavor right in the air fryer!

This recipe delivers super succulent chicken made with less fat and less mess!

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Easy Air Fryer Roast Chicken

  • Air fryer roast chicken is a versatile entree! It’s easy enough for every day, but elegant enough to serve on special occasions!
  • This time-saving recipe gets a whole roasted chicken on the table fast with minimal clean-up and maximum results!
  • Make ahead! Cook air fryer roast chicken and use it for weekly meal prep, or freeze portions for future recipes!
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Ingredients and Variations

Chicken – Fresh or frozen whole chicken can be used in this recipe, simply add time to the cooking time for frozen chicken. Fresh or frozen breasts, thighs, or chicken legs can be used in this recipe, just be sure the chicken reaches 165°F on a meat thermometer to ensure it’s fully cooked.

Seasonings – Use your favorite poultry seasoning blend or rub. Even an Italian blend or smokey Cajun blend will infuse extra flavor into the skin and the meat.

Variations – Pour chicken drippings over veggies (like green beans, peppers, or mixed veggies) and cook them in the air fryer while the chicken rests.

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How to Make Air Fryer Roast Chicken

Air fryer roasted chicken comes out tender and juicy every time!

  1. Preheat the air fryer.
  2. Generously season the chicken and cook in the air fryer, breast side down (as per recipe below.) Tuck the wings under the bird so they don’t burn.
  3. Flip the chicken over and cook another 25-30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165°F at the thickest part of the bird, away from any bones.
  4. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Air fryers like the Ninja, Corsori, or NuWave may have slightly different power and time differences, please refer to the Users Guide, if necessary.

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Leftover Chicken?

Keep leftover air fryer roast chicken in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Freeze portions in zippered bags in the freezer for up to 4 weeks.

Add leftover roast chicken to soups, salads, or make tasty tenders or kid-friendly nuggets.

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Air Fryer Roast Chicken

This air fryer roast chicken recipe makes chicken with crispy skin and tender, juicy meat.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Rest Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 3 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 chicken 3-4 lbs
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon chicken seasoning or seasoned salt to taste


  • Preheat air fryer to 350°F.
  • Rub the chicken with oil and generously season. Tuck the wings under the back of the chicken.
  • Place chicken breast side down and cook 25 minutes.
  • Flip chicken over and cook an additional 25-30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reaches 165°F.
  • Remove the chicken from the air fryer and rest 10 minutes before carving.


A smaller chicken (closer to 3 to 3 1/4 lbs) will take closer to 50 minutes. A larger chicken (closer to 3 3/4 to 4 lbs) will take about 60 minutes.
Leftover chicken will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and in the freezer for 4 months. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 367mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 293IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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