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This air fryer whole chicken comes out juicy and perfect every time, with tasty butter, lemon, and Italian seasonings. 

Air Fryer Whole Chicken sitting in the air fryer basket.

It seems like everyone these days has an air fryer, and for good reason! They’re super versatile and make cooking a breeze!

This air fryer whole chicken is perfectly cooked, moist, and juicy chicken, smothered with butter, Italian seasonings, garlic powder, and lemon, and comes out perfect every single time.

And the best part is, you don’t have to turn on the oven; the air fryer does all the work for you!

Trust me, whether it’s a busy Monday, or a relaxing Saturday evening, this air fryer whole chicken is the perfect answer when someone asks, “what’s for dinner?” 

Ingredients to make Air Fryer Whole Chicken sitting on a sheet pan.

Ingredients for air fryer whole chicken

  • 4-lb Whole chicken – This is the perfect size bird for a family meal.
  • Butter – The fat of choice here, that will keep the chicken moist and add great flavor.
  • Seasonings – Garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and parsley are a perfect combination of flavors to add to the chicken.
  • Lemon – A burst of citrus freshness. 
  • Salt and pepper – Two necessary ingredients to make sure the chicken is well seasoned!
Air Fryer Whole Chicken covered in spices before cooking.

Mix it up!

Italian seasoning and garlic powder are just some of my favorite flavors, but feel free to use your own!

Try using Cajun seasoning instead of Italian, smoked paprika and lime juice, or maybe some cilantro and chipotle seasoning.

You’re only limited by your imagination!

Air Fryer Whole Chicken served with lemon.

What is an air fryer?

An air fryer is basically a tabletop convection oven.

It mimics the outcome of a deep-fat fryer but without the use of oil. Hot hair is moved around via a fan that quickly and crisply cooks up the food.

The 2 most common air fryers you’ll see are basket style (that is what I have) or convection/toaster oven style.

There are pluses to both but I personally prefer my basket style.

What is the best air fryer to buy?

I prefer the basket-style air fryer as it’s a bit smaller and takes up less room than the toaster oven-style air fryer.

My biggest tip when it comes to air fryers is to make sure you pick a style that will work the most for your family and the amount of food you will be cooking.

My large basket-style air fryer can cook up to 12 wings, 2-4 servings of french fries, etc. which works well for my household.

Air Fryer Whole Chicken sitting on a serving platter.

Storage and leftovers

Any leftover chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and kept for up to 3 days. 

To reheat, simply place in a microwave-safe dish covered loosely with a damp paper towel and heat for 3-5 minutes or until heated thoroughly.

Air Fryer Whole Chicken sliced on a plate.

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Air Fryer Whole Chicken

Air Fryer Whole Chicken

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This air fryer whole chicken comes out juicy and perfect every time, with tasty butter, lemon, and Italian seasonings.


  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken, giblets and neck removed
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika


  1. Prepare your chicken, make sure that all giblets are removed, and pat the chicken dry with a paper towel.  
  2. In a bowl, combine the softened butter, minced parsley, lemon juice, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, kosher salt, black pepper, and paprika until it forms a paste. 
  3. With a brush (or your hands), massage the mixture all over the outside of the chicken, and under the skin.  
  4. Place the chicken into the air fryer basket (breast side down to start is best), and turn the air fryer to 370 degrees F for 25 minutes. 
  5. Turn the chicken to the other side, and set the air fryer to 370 degrees F for another 25 minutes.  
  6. Check the internal temperature of the chicken, and make sure that it has reached at least 165 degrees.
  7. Remove the chicken from the air fryer and allow it to rest for 5 minutes.  Carve, and serve!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 216Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 206mgSodium: 344mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 10g

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