Can You Cook Whole Chicken in an Air Fryer? One Thing Makes The Difference
Even though air fryers usually come with a recipe book, you still want to prepare as many meals as possible in them. Today, we’re going to look at the question: Can you cook whole chicken in an air fryer? Will it taste the same as an oven-cooked chicken? We’ll also talk about the benefits and the one thing that makes cooking a whole chicken in an air fryer different.
- Air Fryer that holds at least 5 quarts or more.
As long as you have an air fryer that is large enough, you will be able to make a great-tasting whole chicken in as little as an hour.
One of the best things about frying your food in an air fryer is that it can reduce calories by 70-80% a cording to WebMD. And air fryers use almost no oil. This benefit alone is why many people have them in their homes so this part of owning an air fryer is a no-brainer. But what about roasting a chicken?
Personally, I’m convinced that it’s our love of French fries that paved the way for the air fryer. Hey, I could be wrong, but all the commercials I’ve seen for air fryers have featured people air frying fries. The two main selling points for an air fryer are that it uses very little oil and cooks food faster than traditional ovens.
So let’s answer that question. Yes. You can roast chicken in an air fryer. But your success in roasting a chicken in an air fryer depends on one very important thing.
Benefits of Roasting Chicken In An Air Fryer
Roasting a chicken in an air fryer gives you the full flavor without all the fat. The fat drips into the bottom of the air fryer, leaving you with a wonderfully moist chicken with delicious crispy brown skin. Mmmm! I can practically taste it now!
The size of your air fryer is most important here and makes all the difference. To successfully cook a whole chicken, you need an air fryer that holds at least 5 quarts. A 5-quart air fryer can cook a whole chicken from 3 to 5 pounds. Your air fryer must be at least large enough to allow air to circulate freely around the chicken to cook it properly.
If you cram a whole chicken in an air fryer that is too small, the chicken will not be cooked evenly, and the chicken may even be raw in some places. Food poisoning should not be on the menu!
What Type of Air Fryer is Best For Cooking a Whole Chicken?
There are generally two types of air fryers on the market. They are convection oven air fryers and basket air fryers. They both work in the same way. They circulate hot air to cook the food faster. The only difference is that one has a basket and the other has a door, similar to a toaster oven.
So which air fryer is best for cooking a whole chicken? Basket or oven? It doesn’t really matter. As long as the air fryer is large enough to hold a whole chicken, it can be cooked just fine in both a basket and an oven air fryer. Just make sure that the hot air can circulate well.
Does Air Fryer Chicken Cook Faster?
The traditional way to cook a whole chicken is to put it in the oven at 350°F. That takes about an hour, depending on the size of the chicken. And once it’s in the oven, you rarely have to check on it.
Air frying a whole chicken isn’t really much different. It takes about the same amount of time at the same temperature. The only difference is that you may have to flip your chicken halfway through cooking, depending on what type of air fryer you have.
Does Air Fryer Chicken Taste Different?
Now that we know all about cooking a whole chicken in an air fryer, you’ll want to know if it tastes any different than an oven-baked chicken. And the answer is yes. But not by much. You still get that delicious crispy skin.
Cooking a whole chicken in an air fryer can actually be better than baking it in the oven because your chicken stays moist and cooks more evenly. This makes air frying chicken more efficient. As long as the air in your air fryer can circulate freely, your chicken will be delicious.
So what about you? Have you ever tried cooking a whole chicken in your air fryer? What were the results? Let us know in the comments below