This air fryer rotisserie chicken recipe is an easy recipe to make and has all the flavor of a rotisserie-style chicken with a crispy skin and juicy, tender meat.
I find cooking a whole chicken a more economical too as I make a few meals out of it with it making a great packed lunch the next day for the Chief Taster.
Tasty rotisserie-style chicken without the heat of an oven has never been easier with a simple air fryer. The smell when this is cooking brought all my dogs, cats and the Chief Taster to the kitchen with hunger in their eyes!
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WHAT IS ROTISSERIE CHICKEN?
Rotisserie chicken is cooked on a spit or rotisserie rod that rotates directly in front of or over a heat source. The chicken is seasoned and cooked until it is fully cooked and the skin is crispy. Rotisserie chicken is often sold at delis, supermarkets, and restaurants and can be served hot or cold.
IS ROTISSERIE CHICKEN KETO?
Rotisserie chicken can be a great option for a keto diet as it is low in carbohydrates as well as being a quick and easy option. However, there is a possibility that store bought may include sugar or honey in the rub seasoning, so always check store bought labels. The easiest option is to make your own!
CAN YOU ROTISSERIE A CHICKEN IN THE AIR FRYER?
The heat of an air fryer is great to make a rotisserie chicken as the hot air in the air fryer is close to the chicken just as you would cook it traditionally. There are a few air fryer brands that can use a rotisserie attachment allowing you to put the chicken on the spit. For this recipe we cook the chicken directly in the basket of the air fryer.
For the spices we used our own mixture but you can use your own flavorings and tweak it to your own taste.
HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER ROTISSERIE CHICKEN
This is a simple air fryer chicken recipe to make. Season the chicken, place in the air fryer and press the cook button. We flip the chicken over during cooking as we don't have a rotisserie rod.
The cooking time and the final result may vary depending on the size and the brand of the air fryer you are using.
Baste the chicken with the spice mixture all over.
Place breast side down in the air fryer basket
Flip the chicken over, baste and cook
Get ready to carve!
Trussing the chicken helps to keep the chicken it's shape and to cook evenly. Use kitchen twine or skewers to keep the legs and wings close to the body.
Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh to ensure that it has reached an internal temperature of 165°F.
Preheat the air fryer for five minutes before adding the chicken to ensure even cooking.
Once the chicken is done cooking, let it rest for at least 10 minutes before carving to allow the juices to redistribute and to avoid dry chicken.
Collect the liquid from the drip pan to make a gravy for the cooked chicken.
If your chicken skin is browning too quickly, cover it with aluminum foil.
Once you have cooked a whole chicken in your air fryer you may want to experiment with different flavors. A few suggestions are:
- Lemon and Herb - Season the chicken with a mixture of lemon zest, minced garlic, dried oregano, and thyme.
- BBQ - Mix together brown monk fruit, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper to make a dry rub.
- Mexican-style - Mix together chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and garlic powder to make a dry rub. Rub the mixture over the chicken, and then cook it in the air fryer.
- Garlic and Herb - Mix together minced garlic, chopped fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, and parsley, and olive oil to make a marinade. Marinate the chicken for at least an hour before cooking it in the air fryer.
- Greek-style - Mix together lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, dried oregano, and thyme to make a marinade. Marinate the chicken for at least an hour before cooking it in the air fryer.
- Curry - Mix together curry powder, turmeric, cumin, coriander, and ginger to make a dry rub. Rub the mixture over the chicken, and then cook it in the air fryer.
WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVERS?
If you resist to eat the roasted chicken in one sitting you can use the leftover chicken for a chicken salad, make enchiladas, chicken curry, chicken tacos or chicken soup.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The air fryer will give a crispier skin than cooking in the oven but to make it extra crispy, pat the chicken dry with a paper towel before applying the seasoning.
The time to cook a whole chicken in an air fryer depends upon the size of the chicken. The smaller the bird, the quicker the cooking time. The only way to be sure that your chicken is cooked correctly is to use a meat thermometer to test the internal temperature in the center of the thickest part
Small 4 quart air fryers can cook a 3 to 4 lb chicken and a 5 to 6 quart air fryer will cook a 4 to 5lb chicken.
Absolutely! It's quick, easy and will crisp the skin back too. Place the chicken skin side up and reheat for 5 to 6 minutes at 200C/400F degrees.
MORE KETO AIR FRYER RECIPES
If you enjoy this recipe and air fry other dishes, you may want to try these recipes:
Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken
- 1 5 lb chicken giblets removed
- 3 tablespoons avocado oil
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- ½ teaspoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon basil, dried
- Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes as per the manufacturer's instructions.
- In a small bowl, mix the spice and herb ingredients with the olive oil.
- Brush the seasoning all over the chicken and inside the chicken's cavity, saving a little aside for later.
- Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil and place the chicken breast side down in it. Cook at 180C/350F degrees for 30 minutes.
- Turn the chicken over, baste it with the remaining seasoning and cook for a further 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 165ºF on an instant-read thermometer.
- Remove the chicken from the basket and let it rest on a cutting board.
- Carve and enjoy!
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