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Learn how long to cook whole chicken in air fryer as part of our air fryer back to basics series.

Let us share with you the ideal air fryer whole chicken cooking time and temperature, as well as a master recipe that you can keep as is or make your own.

How Long To Cook Whole Chicken In Air Fryer
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Air Fryer Whole Chicken

There is often the story, that the air fryer that you started off with, is not the one that you now have. You bought one that is too small, or you got a cheap one, to see if you liked it, before you got a good one.

Well, for us we started with the original Philips air fryer (this one) and our reason for upgrading, after years using it, was because it was simply not big enough to cook an air fryer whole chicken. That was the ultimate goal and after getting a bigger one, a whole chicken in the air fryer has become our air fryer food of all time.

Whole chicken in the air fryer is one of those true food greats. It cooks much quicker compared to the traditional oven, requires a lot less fat and is so moist that it will last for days in your fridge.

Today, we will be running through our top FAQ for cooking whole chicken in air fryer, how long to cook whole chicken in air fryer depending on the weight of the chicken and so much more. Plus, you have the chance to grab our free air fryer time and temperature printable which features plenty of chicken ideas!

Can You Cook A Whole Chicken In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you sure can. Cooking a whole chicken in the air fryer is amazing. Most air fryer users that cook chicken regularly will tell you that the time saving and the fact of how moist a whole chicken is via the air fryer, as a reason in itself to buy an air fryer.

Does Chicken Cook Quicker In The Air Fryer Or Oven?

Yes, the speed for a whole chicken in the air fryer is much, much faster compared to the oven method.

For example, a medium chicken packaging says to cook in the oven for 1 hour 45 minutes, yet the same medium chicken takes 45 minutes without a preheat in the air fryer.

Further reading: do you need to preheat the air fryer?

Can I Wrap Whole Chicken In Foil In Air Fryer?

Yes, you can wrap your chicken in foil in the air fryer, but I don’t recommend doing so.

It will increase the cooking time, and you wont get that amazing crispy skin on the chicken that you get when you air fry it directly in the basket.

How Long To Cook 6lb Whole Chicken In Air Fryer?

If you are cooking an extra-large chicken in the air fryer, such as a 6lb/2.7kg one, you will need a little longer than the standard ones. I would recommend about an hour at 180c/360f, though do take an internal temp and make sure its above 70c/160f before serving.

How To Cook Whole Chicken In Ninja Dual Air Fryer?

When you cook chicken whole in a Ninja Dual air fryer, you can cook them for the same time and temperature as an air fryer basket, but the only issue you will have, is if the chicken will fit your size of Ninja.

For example, I can do a medium, maybe push in a large, but an XL (5-6lb) will not fit.

And just like an air fryer basket, its all about half on each side for that moist perfect chicken.

Or if you are using a ninja dual and its not big enough why not try our air fryer Cornish hens (known as poussins in the US)

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In our first air fryer cookbook, The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook (get it here) we taught you how to cook chicken drumsticks with our delicious fried chicken recipe.

But in our 2nd air fryer cookbook Air Fryer Easy Everyday (get it here) we were asked to show you how to flavour your chicken and we did just that in our meal prep section.

So, if you want to give your whole chicken the wow factor, we recommend that you plan an hour, maybe once a month, where you marinate the chicken for the freezer. Then you will have plenty of ways to enjoy your air fryer chicken without feeling like mealtimes are getting boring.

Can You Recommend An Air Fryer?

I often get asked which air fryers I recommend and which one I use. In 95% of our air fryer recipes, we use either the Philips Air Fryer XL or the Cosori XL because they are the best ones, we have found out of many air fryers we have tried over the years. You can click on the links above and read up on them. But if you would rather have a dual air fryer we recommend this Ninja Dual (make sure you order the right one as not all are good) or the Philips Dual.

How To Cook A Whole Chicken In An Air Fryer?

  • Oil. Place the whole chicken, breast side down on a cutting board. Spray the chicken with olive oil.
  • Season. Sprinkle half of mixed herbs over chicken as well as salt and pepper.
  • Cook. Place the whole chicken into the air fryer, breast side down, and air fry at 180c/360f for 25 minutes.
  • Flip. Place fork into the cavity of the whole chicken and use it to flip the chicken over.
  • Season. Spray the chicken with olive oil again, this time on the breast side. Sprinkle with remaining herbs, salt, and pepper.
  • Cook. Air fry for 20 more minutes at 180c/360f or until the internal temperature reads 70c/160f or higher.

That is how simple it is cooking a whole chicken in the air fryer but now let’s talk all about how long to air fry your chicken.

How Long To Cook Whole Chicken In Air Fryer Rotisserie?

Would you like to cook a whole chicken in an air fryer oven? Then you can and its like a real rotisserie chicken that you buy from the supermarket. You attach the whole chicken to its rods and clamps and it takes about the same cooking time as a classic air fryer basket. Which is between 45-60 minutes depending on the size.

If you do have an air fryer oven, we do have a chapter dedicated to it in our new air fryer cookbook, air fryer easy everyday.

Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Whole Chicken – If you are air frying a whole chicken in the Ninja Foodi, you will use the same time and temperature, and be sure to use the air fryer button. You can also pressure cook a whole chicken in the instant pot. Be sure to follow our instant pot whole chicken recipe!

Instant Pot Air Fryer Whole Chicken – Though we find that the instant pot air fryers tend to be a little slower. So, adjust the temperature to 200c/400f, but use the same cooking time.

How long does it take to cook a whole chicken in a ninja dual air fryer? This depends on the size of the chicken you are cooking. The temperature is the same – 180c/360f in the Ninja Dual Air Fryer. You will have to cook your chicken for between 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of whole chicken that you select. Remember to always check for an internal temperature of 70c/160c or higher to be sure it is cooked properly.

How long to cook 1.6kg chicken in air fryer? A 1.6kg whole chicken or 3.5 pounds takes approximately 50 minutes at 180c/360f to be properly cooked.

How long to cook 3lb whole chicken in air fryer? Slightly smaller compared to the 3.5lb one above, and weighing in at 1.4kg these take just 45 minutes at 180c/360f to be fully cooked.

How long to cook 5lb whole chicken in air fryer? A much bigger 5lb/2.2kg whole chicken will take between 50-55 minutes at 180c/360f.

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Plus, don’t forget some delicious sides to serve with your roast whole chicken in air fryer. Our favourites include air fryer stuffing balls, air fryer roast potatoes, pigs in blankets in the air fryer, Instant Pot no drain mashed potatoes, air fryer frozen green beans, Ninja Foodi baked potatoes, and Air Fryer frozen cauliflower cheese.

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How Long To Cook Whole Chicken In Air Fryer?

Learn how long to cook whole chicken in air fryer as part of our air fryer back to basics series.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
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  • Let’s cook a whole chicken in air fryer. Start by placing the whole chicken, breast side down, on a chopping board. Spray with olive oil into all the visible skin, then sprinkle half the mixed herbs over the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to the air fryer, breast side down.
    How To Cook A Whole Chicken In An Air Fryer?
  • Air fry at 180c/360f for 25 minutes and then flip the chicken over. The best way to do this is to place a fork in the cavity. Then spray the top with olive oil.
    How To Cook A Whole Chicken In An Air Fryer?
  • Sprinkle with the remaining dried seasoning, along with a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper.
    How To Cook A Whole Chicken In An Air Fryer?
  • Air fry at the same temperature for a further 20 minutes or until the chicken reads an internal temperature of 70c/160f or above.
    How To Cook A Whole Chicken In An Air Fryer?


Dual. If you have an air fryer dual (such as this one we have) we recommend instead making one of your sides in one drawer and then the whole chicken in the other. Then you can have a full meal ready together.
Sizes. The whole chicken we used was a medium. You can fit up to an XL in your air fryer and because of this the air fryer chicken cooking time can vary between 45 minutes for a small one to 60 minutes for a large one.
Spray. Make sure you follow our guide to oil usage because sprays with extras added in such as Frylight are not air fryer friendly.
Please note This chicken time and temp guide was tested in our Philips Air Fryer (its this one). Air fryers vary so adjust if necessary, depending on the quality of your air fryer. Or consult the temperature test on page 18 of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook.


Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.1g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 368mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.01g | Vitamin A: 393IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg
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About Sam & Dom

Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes.

Beyond the air fryer we also love the instant pot, slow cooker, soup maker, ninja foodi, pie maker and several other kitchen gadgets.

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