When you want a tender cooked chicken with crispy skin, you’ve got to try this recipe for Air Fryer Whole Chicken! This Costco copycat roasted chicken is so easy to make and delicious, too.

roasted air fryer chicken on serving platter

The air fryer really can do it all! If you love rotisserie chickens from Costco, you are going to love this easy air fryer chicken. The inside is moist and juicy while the outside is crispy. Plus, the cooked chicken can be used for so many recipes just like a rotisserie chicken.

And, the best part is the only ingredients you need are lemons, oil, and seasonings – besides the chicken of course!

Why You Need This Recipe

  • You can serve it with anything! A whole roast chicken tastes good with pretty much any side dish. Pair it with leftovers or steamed veggies and baked potatoes for a no-fuss but satisfying dinner.
  • It makes great leftovers. The best part of a whole chicken is the leftover meat can be thrown into soups, chicken salad, enchiladas, or sandwiches for a completely different meal the next day.
  • You don’t have to deal with the hassle of a real rotisserie set-up. An air fryer replicates the rotisserie and essentially makes this a recipe for air fryer rotisserie chicken.

Key Ingredients

Whole chicken – Make sure to purchase the right size chicken for your air fryer. A 3.5 lb. chicken will fit perfectly in a small 5-quart air fryer but if yours is larger you can purchase a larger chicken. See notes under the recipe.

Chicken is a great source of lean protein and is naturally low in carbs.

Olive oil will help the seasonings stick to the chicken skin and will crisp it up nicely. You can also use avocado oil (see my list of the safest cooking oils).

Spices including oregano, sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper add lots of flavor to the chicken.

Ingredients to cook air fryer chicken

Recipe Steps

Step One

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. This will help the skin crisp up.

Step Two

Stir together the olive oil and spice mixture in a small bowl.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

How to cook a chicken in an air fryer

Step Three

Rub half of the seasoning mixture onto the chicken and then turn it over and rub the other half on.

Step Four

Place the lemon slices into the cavity then transfer it chicken breast side down to the basket of the air fryer.

Step Five

Cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit then turn the chicken over and cook for 20 more minutes.

Step Six

Use tongs to remove the entire chicken to a serving platter. Let sit for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Air fryer roast chicken in a serving dish

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • For a 5-quart air fryer, choose a chicken up to 3.5 pounds. For a 6-quart air-fryer, choose a 4 pound chicken. For an 8-quart air-fryer (the most common size), you can go up to a 5 pound chicken. For each pound of chicken larger than 3 pounds, add an extra 3 minutes of cooking time to the total cooking time.
  • Store any leftover cooked chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • If you have a favorite rub or premade seasoning you can use that in place of the spices called for in the recipe.
  • Make sure to season both sides of the chicken to ensure maximum flavor.

FAQs

How do you know if the whole chicken is cooked all the way through?

You will know the chicken is done when an instant-read thermometer inserted into the chicken breast reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

chicken with veggies

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air fryer chicken

Air Fryer Whole Chicken (Costco Copycat)


Description

When you want a tender cooked chicken with crispy skin, you’ve got to try this recipe for Air Fryer Whole Chicken! This Costco copycat roasted chicken is so easy to make and delicious, too.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 3.5-pound to 5 pound whole chicken, neck and giblets removed (see the notes to help determine which size of chicken is best for your air fryer)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon, quartered

Instructions

  1. Prepare your chicken by placing it breast-side up on a flat surface. Pat it dry with paper towels.
  2. Then, in a small bowl, combine the oil, paprika, oregano, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  3. Drizzle half the oil and seasoning mixture onto the chicken, using your hands or a brush to cover the chicken.
  4. Then, turn the chicken over and pour the remainder of the oil and seasoning over it. Again, use your hands or a brush to make sure the surface of the chicken is coated.
  5. Place the lemon slices into the cavity of the chicken.
  6. Then, transfer the chicken (breast-side down) to the basket of the air fryer.
  7. Set the time to 30 minutes at 350°F.
  8. Use tongs to turn the chicken over (breast-side up) and cook it for an additional 20 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into one of the chicken breasts reads 165°F.
  9. Use clean tongs to remove the chicken to a serving plate. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving hot.

Notes

  1. For a 5-quart air fryer, choose a chicken up to 3.5 pounds. For a 6-quart air-fryer, choose a 4 pound chicken. For an 8-quart air-fryer, you can go up to a 5 pound chicken. For each pound of chicken larger than 3.5 pounds, add an extra 3 minutes of cooking time to the total cooking time.
  2. If you have a favorite rub or premade seasoning you can use that in place of the spices called for in the recipe.
  3. Make sure to season both sides of the chicken to ensure maximum flavor.
  4. Store any leftover cooked chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Air fryer
  • Cuisine: American

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