Chicken in an Air Fryer Oven
The air fryer oven is a great alternative to the traditional oven for cooking. With the use of hot air instead of oil, it provides food with a crispy outside and juicy inside, while using very little fat. Foods like potatoes, chicken wings, steak fries and even from-scratch foods that mimic pre-fried frozen foods can be easily air fried to perfection. However, some recipes, such as a whole chicken, may require more time than traditional methods.
This recipe for an air fryer whole chicken is perfect for weeknight meals, family gatherings and parties. The results are flavorful and tender roast chicken with extra crispy skin. It rivals the taste of store bought rotisserie chicken and is so easy to make!
Before you begin, preheat your air fryer to 360 degrees F. Remove the giblets (if any) and neck from the chicken. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Mix the spices in a small bowl and apply it to the chicken, including the cavity.
Once the chicken is seasoned, place it on the prepared baking sheet with the breast side up. Pour the remaining oil mix over the chicken and bake it for 40 minutes, then flip and continue to cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
How to Cook a Whole Chicken in an Air Fryer Oven
Cooking times will vary based on your air fryer and the size of the chicken. Make sure to check the chicken with a meat thermometer at multiple points in the body to ensure it is cooked through.
When the chicken is done, transfer it to a board and let it rest for 10 minutes before carving. This is important because it allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat and makes it juicier!
If you prefer, you can remove the chicken from the board and allow it to cool down completely before storing it in an airtight container. It will keep in the fridge for up to 3-4 days and can be reheated in the oven or microwaved as needed. You can also freeze it for up to 6 months in an airtight container, but be sure to defrost it fully before reheating.
One popular dessert that has found a new home in the air fryer oven is the classic chocolate chip cookie. The hot circulating air in the appliance helps achieve that perfect balance of a crispy exterior and a soft, gooey interior. In addition, the reduced cooking time compared to traditional baking means you can satisfy your sweet tooth in a fraction of the time, making impromptu dessert cravings a breeze to handle.
For those who appreciate the simplicity of a dessert, roasted fruits in the air fryer oven offer a quick and delightful option. From caramelized apples to roasted berries, the air fryer’s efficient cooking method preserves the natural sweetness of the fruits while enhancing their flavors.