This Instant pot air fryer lid whole chicken recipe is packed with flavor, juicy meat, and crispy skin! The perfect recipe to make during the week or weekend without pressure cooking.
You'll be hungry as soon as you catch the scent of this instant pot air fryer lid whole chicken cooking! The smell of thyme and bay seasoning, along with the hearty aroma of tender chicken, will have your mouth watering.
The minute you've finished making this instant pot air fryer whole chicken recipe, you'll want to bite straight into the crispy skin and the tender, juicy meat. But, it's worth the wait until you get to the table to take your first bite - the crisp and golden finish makes a beautiful centerpiece.
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Unlike other instant pot air fryer whole chicken recipes, this recipe uses only the air fryer lid. You can make this instant pot duo air fryer whole chicken recipe only using the crisp lid if you have the duo. The air fryer lid or the crisp lid ensures that the meat is tender because it seals in the juices while crisping up the skin, so it's deliciously crunchy.
Ingredients and substitutes
Bay seasoning: You can substitute bay seasoning with other poultry seasonings you like.
**Find the full list of ingredients along with the recipe instructions at the end of this post**
How to make a whole chicken in instant pot air fryer lid
- First, in a small bowl, combine old bay seasoning with thyme. Set aside.
- Next, pat dry the chicken with paper towels. Rub the chicken with olive oil; season with old bay seasoning mixture all over the chicken, including under the breast's skin and cavity. Loosely tie the legs together with kitchen twine if you want.
- Then, place the instant pot trivet (the metal one that came with the pressure cooker) inside the inner pot; place the chicken breast side down on the rack. Place the air fryer lid on top, set the temperature to air fry to 385ºF for 60 minutes. Flip the chicken halfway through.
- Finally, using kitchen tongs, remove the chicken from the inner pot. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes before carving. Serve and Enjoy!
How long to cook a whole chicken in the instant pot air fryer lid
It takes about an hour to cook a whole chicken in the instant pot air fryer lid, but the cooking time will vary depending on the size of the chicken.
Always use a meat thermometer to ensure that you have cooked the meat all the way through. Check that the thermometer has reached 165°F before serving.
What to serve with a whole chicken
The great thing about instant pot air fryer lid chicken is that it goes with just about anything! Of course, the traditional way to serve chicken is with a side of your favorite veggies and gravy. Especially in the colder months of the year when we all need a little comfort food.
The air fryer lid is excellent for cooking vegetables, too, as it brings out the natural flavors and means you won't need to use multiple cooking methods.
For a satisfying and hearty meal, try your chicken with:
- Instant pot black beans stew
- Instant Pot Air fryer lid Brussels sprouts
- Mashed Cauliflower in the instant pot
- Easy Instant pot quinoa
- Instant pot asparagus
How to store rotisserie chicken
Cooked rotisserie chicken will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days. To ensure the highest quality, ensure that you store your chicken in shallow, airtight containers or wrap it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
If you have leftover cooked chicken, you can also store it in the freezer! Provided it's stored correctly, chicken will keep in the freezer for up to a year.
The same as if you were going to keep it in the fridge, ensure the chicken is stored in an airtight container or wrapped tightly before putting it in the freezer.
How to reheat rotisserie chicken
The beauty of the air fryer and why everyone loves it so much is because you can reheat or cook food from frozen.
In the air fryer: Set the air fryer temperature to 360°F and air fry for 6 to 8 minutes. Or, if you have a little longer, you can wrap the leftover chicken with foil and reheat it to 400ºF for 15 minutes, as my husband does, because he doesn't like to clean the air fryer basket!
In the oven: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the chicken on a wire rack over a baking sheet (this allows the hot air to circulate the chicken)—Bake for 15 minutes.
Pour enough water into a large skillet to cover the bottom and set over medium-high heat
on the stovetop: Once the water is hot, add the chicken and turn down the heat to medium. Cover with a lid, and heat for about 6 minutes.
Note: Time times to reheat will depend on the size of the chicken. Always use a meat thermometer to ensure the meat has reached an internal temperature of 165°F before serving.
Do I need to add water to the inner pot before placing the chicken?
No, there's no need to add water. Instant pot air fryer chicken is cooked by passing heated air around it, reaching temperature while still retaining all of the natural juices. So you'll have a beautifully tender chicken (with crispy skin!) without having to add any water.
Can I cook a whole frozen chicken in the instant pot air fryer lid?
You can! However, before you start cooking, make sure you check that there aren't any giblets inside. Cooked chicken with the giblets inside wouldn't taste good!
It's a good idea to keep the giblets if your chicken comes with them inside, though, as you can use them to make stock.
If you are using a frozen chicken, adjust the cooking time to around 90 minutes. Remember, check that your chicken is cooked to 165° all the way through before serving by using a meat thermometer.
How to cut a whole roasted chicken
First of all, make sure you have the right tools for the job - it will make everything much easier! You'll need a carving fork (to hold the chicken in place), a carving knife or sharp chef's knife, and a cutting board.
- Before you start: Move the chicken to the cutting board and let it sit upside down for 15 minutes. Sitting the chicken allows the juices to redistribute through the meat. Be careful when moving the chicken, as some juices may escape!
- Removing the drumstick and thigh: Press your carving fork into the breastbone to hold the chicken in place. Then, gently slice the skin between the leg and the body so you can see the hip joint, and cut through it so you can remove the drumstick and thigh.
- Removing the breast meat: Ensure that you position your carving fork between the two breasts. Next, make a long, horizontal cut from the wing to the leg you just removed. Now, make a deep cut along the breast bone, and cut from here to the horizontal cut you just made. Repeat for each breast so you can remove them.
- Slice the breast meat: Slice each breast into whatever size slices best suit your dinner guests!
- Remove the wings: Finally, pull the wing away from the body so you can see the joint and slice through it. Remove the wing.
Serve up your carved duo crisp whole chicken meat on a large platter, and be sure to save the remaining meat off of the bones, too. The remaining meat is excellent for soups, casseroles, and fajitas.
You can also save the chicken bones to make soup or bone broth. If you don't use them straight away, chicken bones can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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- 1 (4-5 pound) chicken, giblets removed
- 2 Tablespoons old bay seasoning
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Olive oil in a sprayer bottle
- In a small bowl, combine old bay seasoning with thyme. Set aside. Pat dry the chicken with paper towels. Rub the chicken with olive oil; season with old bay seasoning mixture all over the chicken, including under the breast's skin and cavity. Loosely tie the legs together with kitchen twine if you want.
- Place the instant pot trivet (the metal one that came with the pressure cooker) inside the inner pot; place the chicken breast side down on the rack. Place the air fryer lid on top, set the temperature to air fry to 385ºF for 60 minutes.
(Make sure the instant pot pressure cooker isn't plugged in).
The instant pot air fryer lid will pause in the middle of the cooking time and tell you when to turn the food. Turn the bird breast side up and cook until an instant meat thermometer reaches 165ºF.
(If you don't open the lid, it will resume cooking on its own.)
- Using kitchen tongs, remove the chicken from the inner pot. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes before carving. Serve and Enjoy!
- Cooked rotisserie chicken will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.
- Reheat In the air fryer: Set the air fryer temperature to 360°F and air fry for 6 to 8 minutes.
- You don't need to add water to the inner pot to cook with the instant pot air fryer lid
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 969mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 14g
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on products used. When the recipe list salt to taste the amount of salt is not calculated, only the sodium in the other ingredients is calculated.