Air-Fryer Rotisserie Chicken


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. Serve this air-fryer rotisserie 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.

a recipe photo of the Air-Fryer Rotisserie Chicken
Photo: Antonis Achilleos
Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins
6 servings


  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 1 lemon, halved

  • 1 (3 1/2 to 4 pound) whole chicken, giblets removed

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided


  1. 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.

  2. Set the air fryer to 350°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.

  3. 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.


Kitchen twine

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

166 Calories
6g Fat
1g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 4 ounces chicken
Calories 166
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 25g 50%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Vitamin A 59IU 1%
Vitamin C 4mg 5%
Folate 5mcg 1%
Sodium 365mg 16%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 22mg 5%
Potassium 225mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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