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Air Fryer Whole Chicken

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I cooked a whole chicken in the air fryer and it turned out so good!! The chicken was juicy and the skin was crispy. I’ll never cook a whole chicken in the oven again.

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This whole chicken is the second thing I’ve cooked in my new air fryer. I also made onion rings which were really good.

I did an easy rub for the chicken. It was garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, paprika, salt and pepper.

I rubbed it all over the chicken. If you don’t want to eat the skin you can pull the skin back to get the rub right on the chicken.

I also put 1/2 of an onion and 3 cloves of garlic inside the cavity of the chicken.

I put the chicken in the air fryer breast side down. I cooked it at 360 degrees for 1 hour, turning it breast side up half way through.

I also used Pam olive oil cooking pump to spray on the chicken. I did 5 pumps, which is 0 points. It helps get the skin crispy.

This is the air fryer that I used:

I bought it from Amazon. It had really good reviews, which is why I went with that one.

You will have to calculate the points for this recipe because it depends on what part of the chicken you eat and whether or not you eat the skin.

I ate the chicken breast with skin. According to the WW app, a 1/2 chicken breast with skin is 4 points. To me it was worth the points. The skin was so crispy and full of flavor.

Even if you don’t eat the skin the chicken is very good.

Air Fryer Whole Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
  • 1 whole chicken (I bought a 5 pound chicken), giblets removed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Optional (for the cavity):
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  1. Preheat air fryer to 360 degrees.

  2. In a small bowl mix together the garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, paprika, salt and pepper.

  3. Rub seasoning all over the chicken. Add the onion and garlic to the chicken cavity.

  4. Spray air fryer basket with no-stick cooking spray. Place the chicken in the air fryer, breast side down. Spray the chicken with olive oil cooking spray (5 pumps).

  5. Cook for 30 minutes, then flip the chicken so it's breast side up and cook 30 more minutes. Check that the chicken is 165 degrees. Let rest for 5 minutes, then serve.

If you’re looking for some zero point recipes, check out my post 20 Zero Point Recipes or my post 20 (More) Zero Point Recipes. Both are filled with delicious recipes that won’t cost you a single point! They’re perfect for days when you’re running low on points, or trying to save up points for a night out. 

If you’re looking for dessert recipes you can visit 50 Weight Watchers Freestyle Desserts. It’s filled with delicious desserts perfect for Weight Watchers!

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