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How to cook a whole chicken in the air fryer


  • I use a 5-pound chicken in my 5.7-quart air fryer. If you are planning to use a smaller chicken reduce the cooking time.
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon
  • Fresh thyme to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 360 degrees F.
  • Empty the insides of the chicken, leaving a cavity.
  • Pat dry the chicken with a paper towel. Then rub the olive oil all over the chicken.
  • Mix all the spices in a bowl and rub the seasoning over the chicken's skin.
  • Prick the lemon with a fork and place it inside the empty chicken.
  • Place the thyme inside too.
  • Place the chicken in the air fryer with the breast down for the first time and cook at 360 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Once done, flip the chicken and cook for another 30 minutes.
  • Once the chicken is thoroughly cooked, take it out and rest for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Enjoy!