Replicate the flavor, lovely burnished skin and moist texture of a classic rotisserie chicken with this easy recipe for cooking a whole chicken in your air fryer. With just a handful of ingredients and 10 minutes of active time, you get a roast chicken with lemon and herbs that's a remarkable doppelganger for a deli chicken right after it comes out of the rotisserie--before it gets shriveled and dried out from sitting in the deli's holding case for hours. Serve this chicken with your favorite veggie sides for a healthy weeknight dinner or weekend supper. And if you're hosting a dinner party, cooking your main course in the air fryer is also a great way free up oven space for casseroles, rolls and other dishes. Source:, June 2019

Robin Bashinsky


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place thyme sprigs and lemon halves in chicken cavity. Truss the chicken legs closed with kitchen twine. Sprinkle the breasts and legs evenly with 3/8 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place the chicken, breast-side up, in the air-fryer basket.

  • Set the air fryer to 350 degrees F (no need to preheat); cook for 30 minutes. Carefully turn the chicken over; cook for 15 minutes. Carefully turn the chicken over again; cook until a thermometer inserted in the thickest portion of a thigh registers 165 degrees F, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board; let rest for 10 minutes.

  • Carve the chicken; discard the thyme and reserve the lemon halves. Sprinkle the chicken evenly with the remaining 3/8 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; squeeze the juice from the reserved lemon halves over the chicken.

Nutrition Facts

166 calories; 6.4 g total fat; 1.8 g saturated fat; 76 mg cholesterol; 364 mg sodium. 225 mg potassium; 1 g carbohydrates; 0.4 g fiber; 24.8 g protein; 59 IU vitamin a iu; 4 mg vitamin c; 5 mcg folate; 18 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 22 mg magnesium;

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Such an easy recipe to follow with perfect results every time! Definitely recommend. Read More