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.

Robin Bashinsky
Source:, June 2019


Recipe Summary

10 mins
1 hr 20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


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; protein 24.8g; carbohydrates 1g; dietary fiber 0.4g; sugars 0.3g; fat 6.4g; saturated fat 1.8g; cholesterol 76.3mg; vitamin a iu 59.2IU; vitamin c 4.4mg; folate 5.3mcg; calcium 18.3mg; iron 1.1mg; magnesium 22.2mg; potassium 225.1mg; sodium 364.5mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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