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Easy Roast Chicken In The Air Fryer

Are you looking for an easy and delicious dinner recipe that you can have on the table in no time? Look no further than this tasty air fryer roast chicken! It’s just as juicy and succulent but with a fraction of the traditional cooking time. Plus, it only requires minimal ingredients and is super simple to make.

From start to finish, your meal will be ready in around 60 minutes for a 1.7kg chicken – no preheating needed leaving plenty of time for other activities! So gather your ingredients, and let’s get roasting!

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Air frying a whole chicken

Cooking air fryer roast chicken is always a delicious treat! It’s easy to prepare, melts in your mouth and does not require a lot of time or effort. The air fryer locks in the juices and flavour of the ingredients, resulting in an especially tender chicken. Plus, air frying is much healthier than traditional deep frying because it requires less oil yet still provides that crispy texture you crave from fried foods.

Weight of chicken for air fryer

I had a 1.7kg whole chicken and cooked it for 1 hour with no preheating at 180 degrees C/350 degrees F. Obviously, if your chicken weighs more, it will need more time, but this will give you a good indicator when you need to check it.

Get my handy air fryer cooking time cheat here >> Air Fryer Cooking Chart.

Whats so good about air fry roast chicken?

  • Takes less time than a conventional oven.
  • The fat drips out at the bottom of the air fryer, so there is no roast chicken swimming in fat.
  • Cooks perfectly, Crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside.
whole roast chicken from air fryer cooking

What to serve with air fryer roast chicken

Air fryer roast chicken is a delicious and easy way to get a meal on the table quickly. A classic pairing for roast chicken is:

All of these vegetables can be cooked at the same time as your air fryer roast chicken for a complete one-pan meal. For something extra special try adding creamy mashed potatoes or an herby gravy for an indulgent twist!

How to tell if your air fry roast chicken is cooked through

Get a sharp knife, pull the leg slightly, and pierce the skin in the thickest part. If the juices are clear, you’re good to go. If the juice is pink, stick it back in for 5 to 10 minutes, then check again.

For a more accurate testing, use a thermometer and probe the thickest part of the chicken. It should have a reading of 75 C/167F, if it’s below this, then it will need to be cooked for longer.

Top Tips

  • Here are my top tips to get the best out of your roast chicken:
  • Place the whole chicken breast face down.
  • Put a peeled onion into the cavity of the chicken to make it lovely and juicy.
  • Baste the chicken before cooking
  • When draining off the fat from the air fryer after cooking, leave a bit behind and add some gravy granules and hot water. Mix together with a wooden spoon for lovely quick chicken gravy.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 1.7kg Whole Chicken
  • 1 Onion (Peeled)
  • 1 Sprig of Sage

How to roast a whole chicken in the air fryer

  • Peel the onion and push it through the cavity of the chicken along with a sprig of sage.
  • Smear the olive oil all over the chicken and then sprinkle it all over with salt and pepper.
  • Place the chicken breast side down in the air fryer and set the temperature to 180°c/350°F and the timer for 1 hour. NO NEED TO PREHEAT.
  • Check the chicken to see if it is cooked through. Lift it out and cover it with tin foil and let it rest for 10 minutes before carving. Enjoy!
air fryer roast chicken uk

Easy Roast Chicken In The Air Fryer

Rachel
Perfectly cooked roast chicken in the air fryer. You will not be disappointed! It's so good.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine British
Servings 8
Calories 241 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 1.7kg Whole Chicken
  • 1 Onion (Peeled)
  • 1 Sprig of Sage

Instructions
 

  • Peel the onion and push it through the cavity of the chicken along with a sprig of sage.
  • Smear the olive oil all over the chicken and then sprinkle all over with salt and pepper.
  • Place the chicken breast side down in the air fryer and set the temperature to 180°c/350°F and the timer for 1 hour. NO NEED TO PREHEAT.
  • Check the chicken to see if it is cooked through. Lift it out and cover with tin foil and let it rest for 10 minutes before carving. Enjoy!
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Nutrition

Calories: 241kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 18gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 67mgPotassium: 200mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 134IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
Keyword 1.7kg chicken
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