Roasted Whole Chicken

This has got to be the easiest and quickest roast chicken I’ve ever made. Who would have thought you could make a whole chicken from scratch to table in roughly 30 mins? Not me! But with this Ninja Foodi thingy, we can now achieve the impossible!

Pressure cook for 20 mins / Air fry for 12-15 mins at 400 degrees


1 Whole Chicken (3.5 lbs-4lb chicken fits nicely in the Ninja Foodi pot)

1 cup of water

1 level tsp black pepper

1 level teaspoon salt

1 level teaspoon smoked paprika

1 level teaspoon garlic powder

4 cloves of garlic (sliced)

1 level teaspoon onion powder

1 tablespoon baking powder (do not substitute for baking soda….trust me)

Avocado oil

How to:

  • Clean the chicken well and pat dry with paper towels
  • Measure all dry spices/seasonings into a bowl and mix well using a teaspoon
  • Rub all over the chicken really well
  • Pour 1 cup of water and the sliced fresh garlic into the Ninja Foodi cooking pot
  • Place the chicken in the air fryer basket and put the pressure cooker lid on
  • Select pressure, high setting, and set the time to 20 mins. Make sure the pressure release valve is in the SEAL position.
  • After the pressure cooking is done, use a tea towel or silicon glove to quick release by moving the pressure release valve to the VENT position. Carefully remove the lid when unit has finished releasing pressure.
  • So for this next step – (you can use any type of oil you want, but having learned the hard way, with my smoke alarm going off when using olive oil), I recommend spraying the chicken with some avocado oil. Avocado oil has a high smoke point enabling you to cook at higher temperatures without burning the food.
  • Turn on the air fryer feature and air fry for 12-15 mins, checking every 5 mins. If you like your chicken crispier, air fry for another couple of minutes. For best results, let the chicken rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. The baking powder should give the chicken a wonderful crispiness….a trick I learned only just recently!

Recommendations: You can try this dish with any type of dry herb seasonings of your choice. Enjoy!

Recipe & image by Sabina Huq

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