Step aside Costco, we’ve got you beat! This Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken takes less than 5 minutes to prep and under an hour to cook-all hands off! The result will blow you away as it is so moist and tender with a crispy outer skin!
All you need is three simple ingredients to make this incredible rotisserie chicken. When your family tries it, they won’t believe you made it at home because it’s that good. 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 because it tastes great with the chicken. You can use it for all sorts of recipes too.
Olive Oil – You’ll need to spray the olive oil on the chicken directly. This will help the seasoning stay on the chicken instead of flying all around the air fryer. It gives you crispy skin too. Yummy!
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!
This is such a versatile recipe, as you can try out all the fun rubs that you like! This is the time to go out on a limb here and give them a whirl. We used the Seattle Garlic Seasoning given to us for Christmas. OH MY GOODNESS is that incredible! I have a Trader Joe’s rub I can’t wait to try. Think of Mrs Dash’s Lemon Herb to use on this one for an easy “go-to” rub. Place a couple of lemons inside the cavity and you have an incredible chicken.
Step One: Remove all of the air fryer the 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. Rinse and pat the chicken dry. Lightly spray the chicken with an Olive Oil Spray. This 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.
Step Three: Spray the basket inside and out or the clean up will not be fun! Using three tbsp of your favorite rub, coat both sides of the chicken, place it inside the rotisserie basket and lock it in place.
Step Four: Place the rotisserie basket inside the Air Fryer. Turn on the air fryer at 350 degrees for 50-90 minutes depending on how large your chicken is. 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. We checked ours at 40 minutes the first time and it was about 155 degrees.
Allow it to rest 15-20 minutes before serving.
Alternatively, you can use the Rotisserie Forks as shown in a couple photos here. 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. The Rotisserie Forks would be great for a roast or a loin.
📌 Tips if Using a Basket
You can still make a Rotisserie Style Chicken in a basket style Air Fryer with no problems. You are still going to 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, turn 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!
📌 How Long to Allow to Rest
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 of the Air Fryer. Cutting it too early will result in too much of the juice running out, leaving the chicken dry.
If you allow it to rest, the chicken is incredibly moist and tender – even the breast meat which can often be dry. It is worth the wait. Don’t skip this step!
A 4lb whole chicken will fit into a 5 quart Air Fryer like the COSORI or GoWise. If you have a 5lb chicken, you will need to use a larger Air Fryer like that GoWise 7 quart or Instant Vortex 7 quart. 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 bread slices on the bottom of your Air Fryer to collect drippings and oil. It minimizes smoking in the Air Fryer 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, not just this recipe!
🧽 Cleaning Instructions
The rotisserie basket will catch excess rub that is coming off of the chicken as it rotates around. The best method of how 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.
🐔If you are addicted to your Air Fryer as much as we are, don’t miss these recipes for more inspiration!! What is your favorite Air Fryer recipe? Comment below and let me know!
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Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken
- 3 tbsp Rub or seasoning of choice we used Seattle Garlic Seasoning
- 3 lb chicken you can use 3-4lb chicken
- olive oil spray
- Rinse the chicken and dry off. Remove giblets and save for another recipe or discard.
- Spray chicken with olive oil spray. Use 3 tbsp of your favorite seasoning (we used Seattle Garlic Seasoning) and rub all over chicken.
- 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 or non stick spray. Attach the rotisserie basket to the chicken.
- Insert the rotisserie basket inside the Air Fryer. Cook at 350 degree for 50-90 minutes. This will depend on the size of your chicken and also your own Air Fryer as each AF heats up slightly different.
- Test the chicken to make sure it is 165 degrees. I try to test the first time at 50 minutes. The probe will fit right through the holes of the basket.
- Allow to rest for 10 minutes or so to allow the juices to remain in the chicken and not run out on the plate.