I finally got around to trying a whole, roasted chicken in my Power XL 7 qt. air fryer and we loved the results. Haven’t tried it on the Air Fryer setting on my new wall oven though. I’m sure it will cook as well in the oven. Must try that soon.
The meat of the nearly 5# bird came out moist and cooked perfectly (even at the difficult hip joint). My husband just loves chicken that is baked or roasted, so he was a fan for certain! Also tried out my new Peggy’s Poultry Rub on it and that was a delicious choice! I may add even more of the rub next time! Yummy! This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other keto diets, as well as for Paleo-Primal folks.
1 whole chicken (mine was 4.75 lbs)
1 t. olive oil
1 T. Peggy’s Poultry Rub (or seasoning of your choice)
DIRECTIONS: Pat the chicken dry of any water/moisture with paper towels. Rub olive oil all over the chicken getting all skin surfaces damp with oil. You’ll want to wash and dry off your hands at this point. Next sprinkle 1 tsp. of the seasoning bland over the top surfaces of the chicken. Sprinkle 1 tsp. over the bottom surfaces of the chicken. Invert chicken to expose the carcass opening and sprinkle the remaining spice blend as best you can inside, rubbing until it is distributed. Although I did not do it this, next time I may make a slit into the lower leg quarter joints and rub a tad in that joint as well as a tad underneath the breast skin as I am able.
Preheat your air-fryer at 350º a few minutes (mine requires 4 min. preheat). Open basket/drawer and place seasoned bird into the basket/drawer breast side down. Cook the bird for 30 minutes. Then open drawer and using a heavy kitchen fork, turn the bird over, now breast up. Cook for 20 minutes and open basket to (check leg quarter with a meat thermometer (165º internal is done). Also check thickest part of breast. If not to 165º yet, continue cooking another 5-10 minutes and check again. My 4.75# bird took precisely 25 minutes on side two. Cookers vary, so the rule of thumb with air fryers is CHECK YOUR FOOD OFTEN to avoid under cooking, or worse, over cooking and major disappointment. Always remember that any air-fryer recipe is just a guideline and nothing more. Cookers vary for any recipe cookbook for them to be always spot on……….even the manufacturer’s cookbook! Food size and volume/weight impact any instructions and cooking times/temps.
ADDED NOTE: I recommend soaking your basket in 1″ water while you enjoy your meal (for easier cleanup). Also don’t forget when fully cooled, to wipe off (use a soapy sponge) the element at the top and back walls of cooker to get any grease splatters there. If you don’t do that, the cooker is likely to smoke heavily at next use and you’ll think the machine is dying on you. It just wasn’t thoroughly cleaned after roasting meat.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: I can’t really provide that for you as I can’t know what pieces you eat, how large your bird is, nor how many pieces you will eat. I certainly can’t know how much of the seasoning you will be ingesting on any particular piece. Best calculation I can recommend for you is to take the stats for the piece/size of piece(s) of chicken you eat and add 1/8 tsp. of the spice blend for each piece you consume. That said, this recipe is so low-carb…………I wouldn’t bother calculating anything but the meat itself that you consume. One can get too anal about any diet in my opinion. Just enjoy this delicious recipe and know that you are not breaking the carb bank doing so!
1 tsp. spice blend = 0.84g NET CARBS