Step aside Costco, we’ve got you beat! This Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken takes less than five minutes to prep and under an hour to cook – all hands off! The result will blow you away as this is so moist and tender with crispy outer skin!
Drool worthy Rotisserie chicken in Air Fryer is great for a dinner! Save leftover chicken for tossing in chicken casseroles, making quesadillas, or Chicken Stuffed Avocados. Shred it up as we did for the meal prep chicken to add to soups, stews or make tacos and chicken salad sandwiches.
Whole chicken recipes are so popular, because it feeds a handful without spending a lot of money. It is totally budget friendly and kid approved!
Grab your air fryer with rotisserie and let’s make some chicken for the memory books!
🧂 Why This Recipe Works
Simple Prep – This is one of our favorites as it is a true “toss and go” type recipe. Sprinkle with your favorite seasoning and pop it in Air Fryer basket and serve with mashed potatoes. Easy Peasy!
Affordable – Catch those chickens when they are on sale and stock up if you have room in your freezer. Your family will love this tender and juicy meal, so you may as well get them when the price is right.
Versatile Seasonings – You don’t have to use the same seasoning that we used. This recipe lends itself to using whatever your family adores. Change it up weekly for a completely different flavor each time.
Less than an Hour – While this is cooking, you’ll have just enough time to get chores done, homework finished and laundry swapped out. I love it when I can multi-task! You” even have time to make a quick side dish like an Easy Pasta Salad or Avocado Tomato Salad to go with this as everyone sits down at the table or a picnic out on the deck.
Perfect for leftovers – This chicken goes great for leftovers. Chop it up into the Chickpea Orzo Salad or add it to those ready made salads at the grocery store.
All you need is three simple ingredients for this easy dinner.
Let’s talk about this juicy chicken and the other ingredients real quick.
Whole Chicken – Aim for a whole chicken that is around three pounds. It will cook in around 50 minutes and will turn out wonderful every time.
Always check the temperature with a meat thermometer and cook longer if needed.
Rub or Seasoning – You can choose any kind of rub or seasoning that you like. We can’t get enough of the Seattle Garlic Seasoning. You can use it for all sorts of recipes too. This is the time to pull out what you love. Spice mixture of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder or simple salt and pepper make this easy weeknight chicken delish!
Olive Oil – You’ll need to spray the olive oil on the chicken directly. This will help the seasoning stick to the chicken. It gives you crispy skin too. Yummy!
🍽️ How to Make Rotisserie Chicken
If you have the rotisserie function on your Air Fryer and haven’t used it yet, break out those pieces, dust them off and let’s make one of the juiciest and most flavorful chickens you will ever make!
Step One: Remove all of the air fryer trays except for the bottom one that catches the drippings.
Note: Your air fryer may be different, so follow the instructions on how to use the rotisserie function for your model.
Step Two: Unwrap the chicken and remove any giblets that are inside the cavity. Rinse and pat the chicken dry with paper towel. Lightly spray the chicken with an Olive Oil Spray.
Spray Oil is found next to the olive oil and non stick spray in your local grocery store. It is there. It is not hiding. You may just not have looked for it yet. 😀 Lightly spray the chicken. Avocado Oil spray works great too!
Step Three: Spray the basket inside and out or the clean up will not be fun! Using three tablespoons of your favorite rotisserie chicken rub, coat the chicken, place it inside the rotisserie spit and lock it in place.
Step Four: Place the rotisserie basket inside the Air Fryer. Turn it to 350 degrees and set the timer for 50-90 minutes depending on the size of your chicken.
I know that sounds a bit crazy, but my three pound chicken took just 50 minutes to hit 165 degrees. A five pound chicken will take about 90 minutes.
Allow it to rest 15-20 minutes before serving.
Alternatively, use the rotisserie forks or rotisserie rod. We tested it and it does turn perfectly but the chicken wings dragged on the bottom of the air fryer and so the basket was a better option. Tie the wings with kitchen twine and the rod works perfectly.
The Rotisserie Forks worked better for a roast or a loin.
📌 Tips if Using a Basket
You can still make a Rotisserie “Style” Chicken in a basket with no problems. You’ll get the same crispy skin and delicious taste with just a couple modifications.
- Place the chicken BREAST SIDE DOWN for the first half of cooking. When you are halfway done, flip it over and finish cooking.
- No matter what size chicken you have, test the temperatures to make sure you have reached 165 degrees, which is considered safe for poultry.
While this approach doesn’t use a rotisserie function, it still results in a delicious air fried chicken!
📌 Expert Tips
A four pound whole chicken will fit into a 5 quart Air Fryer like the COSORI or GoWise. If you have a five pound chicken, you will need to use a larger Air Fryer like that GoWise 7 quart or Instant Vortex 7 quart. Just buy a bird that will fit yours.
I know this is going to be hard, but you really need to allow the chicken to rest 15-20 minutes after it comes out under a tent of aluminum foil. Cutting it too early will result in too much of the juice running out, leaving the chicken dry.
If you see yourself cooking a lot in an Air Fryer with a larger family, look at the Best Choice Products 16 quart! You can’t go wrong on any of these as they are all rated so high.
Lay 1-2 slices of bread on the bottom of your Air Fryer to collect drippings and oil. It minimizes smoking that can leave an acrid taste. Toss the bread in the trash when you are cleaning up. Utilize this tip anytime you are cooking something that may drip!
🧽 Cleaning Instructions
The rotisserie basket will catch excess rub that is coming off of the chicken as it rotates around. The best method to clean it is:
- Brush off as much excess rub as you can and then fill your sink with hot soapy water.
- Allow the basket to soak in the hot soapy water for 10-20 minutes and the excess rub falls right off. This is great if you forgot to spray it or it just is a little extra sticky this time.
🧅 Recipe FAQs
Rotisserie chicken is actually a pretty good protein to reach for. Depending on how you season your chicken, you will find this method helps to reduce oil needed. You still get crispy skin and juicy meat.
Grab a meat thermometer and check to ensure the thermometer reads 165 degrees internal temperature. Make sure to not touch the bone, or it can provide a false reading.
Rotisserie chicken freezes really nicely. Simply let it cool down, then place in a freezer bag or airtight container and freeze for up to three months. Allow the chicken to thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Allowing rotisserie chicken to rest helps to lock in all the juices. If you start slicing your chicken right away, you will find it can leave your bird a bit dry.
Your side dishes are endless with this roasted chicken Sunday dinner staple!
You can choose quick and easy sides like Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli, Air Fryer Asparagus, Air Fryer Sweet Potato, Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries, Air Fryer Carrots or Air Fryer Patty Pan Squash can all be done in less than 15 minutes.
Oven options for roasted vegetables are Roasted Carrots, Roasted Rutabaga Fries, Roasted Mediterranean Veggies, Roasted Beets and Carrots, Roasted Delicate Squash Rings, or Roasted Honey Gold Potatoes.
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Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken
- 3 lb Chicken you can use 3-4lb chicken
- 3 tbsp Rub or Seasoning of Choice we used Seattle Garlic Seasoning
- Olive Oil Spray
- Rinse the chicken and dry off. Remove giblets and save for another recipe or discard.
- Spray the chicken with olive oil spray.
- Use 3 tbsp of your favorite seasoning (we used Seattle Garlic Seasoning) and rub all over chicken.
- Spray the rotisserie basket liberally with olive oil spray. Place the chicken inside the rotisserie basket.
- Insert the rotisserie basket to the Air Fryer. Cook at 350 degree for 50-90 minutes. The time will depend on the size of your chicken and also your own Air Fryer as each one cooks slightly different.
- Test the chicken to make sure it is 165 degrees. My three pound bird was fully cooked at the 50 minute mark. The probe will fit right through the holes of the basket.
- Allow to rest for 10-15 minutes or so to allow the juices to remain in the chicken and not run out on the plate.
Ginny Collins is a passionate foodie and recipe creator of Savor and Savvy and Kitchenlaughter. Indoors she focuses on easy, quick recipes for busy families and kitchen basics. Outdoors, she focuses on backyard grilling and smoking to bring family and friends together. She is a lifelong learner who is always taking cooking classes on her travels overseas and stateside. Her work has been featured on MSN, Parade, Fox News, Yahoo, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and many local news outlets. She lives in Florida where you will find her outside on the water in her kayak, riding her bike on trails, and planning her next overseas adventure.