Air fryer roast chicken
- January 2023
- Serves 4-6
- Serves 4-6
Wondering how to roast a chicken in an air fryer? We know it sounds mad, but it’s true – you can air fry an entire chicken! The results are surprisingly good; super-crisp golden skin and, because of the way an air fryer works, the meat underneath remains super juicy. Perfect if you are running low on oven space or worry about dry, overcooked chicken.
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- 9.9g (2.3g saturated)
- 0.3g (trace sugars)
- 1 medium free-range chicken (approx. 1.3kg)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, bashed but with skins left on
- ½ bunch thyme
- 1 lemon
- Take the chicken out of the fridge 30 minutes before cooking so it loses its chill slightly. Season liberally with salt and pepper inside and out, then rub the outside of the bird with the oil, ensuring it is completely coated.
- Put the garlic and most of the thyme inside the cavity. Pierce the lemon a few times with a fork, then put this inside the cavity too (if it’s too large to fit, halve it).
- Heat the air fryer to 190°C. Put the chicken breast-side down in the basket (see tips), then cook for 55 minutes, turning it over after 30 minutes. Decorate with the remaining thyme and leave to rest for 10 minutes before carving.
Make sure your air fryer is large enough to fit your chicken in! We used a 4.2 litre air fryer, which was just big enough to fit a 1.3kg chicken (with a bit of encouragement). If you find your chicken is a bit too big, try cutting off the legs and nestling them alongside the body instead.
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