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Air Fryer Whole Chicken (Peruvian Style)

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This Peruvian Air Fryer Whole Chicken is covered in a delicious garlic and herb marinade and then roasted to perfection. Crispy skin, juicy meat, and amazing flavor.

air fried whole chicken in air fryer basket

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Growing up, my mom would make roasted chicken…a lot. About 3 times a week, I could expect roasted chicken on our dinner table. It always tasted amazing but a traditional roast chicken can get redundant.

I was introduced to Peruvian chicken when my friends brought me to a local restaurant that specializes in this kind of chicken. It was so amazing that I began to frequent the restaurant quite often. Then I figured, why not make this at home.

I’ve made many variations of this recipe over the years and fell in love with this method of making it in the Air Fryer. You can have rotisserie style Peruvian chicken without a rotisserie machine. It’s faster than the oven, it doesn’t heat up the house in the summer, and the skin is so crispy on the outside while the meat stays so juicy on the inside. On top of that, the flavor is like no other thanks to the marinade.  

How to make Peruvian Air Fryer Whole Chicken

First, prepare your marinade by adding extra virgin olive oil, lime juice, garlic cloves, kosher salt, paprika, black pepper, cumin, oregano, brown sugar and soy sauce to a food processor and process until smooth. I use my mini food processor for this part.

Then you will want to wash and dry your chicken and remove any inside giblets. For this recipe I used a whole chicken that I received in my shipment with Butcherbox. It’s a 5 lb bird that I can fit into my 5.3 qt Air Fryer.

Then, rub your marinade all over the chicken. Gently lift the skin and rub the marinade under the skin as well. Pour some marinade inside of the chicken.

Cover the chicken and allow it to marinate for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours. The longer the better.

raw whole chicken in bowl in marinade

Once you’re ready to cook your chicken, place it in the air fryer basket breast side down. Discard any remaining marinade that is left behind.

raw whole chicken in air fryer basket

Close the Air Fryer basket and set Air Fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes is done, open Air Fryer basket. Your chicken should look like the photo below. Do not fret, it’s not burnt nor is it done.

whole chicken in air fryer basket

At this point, flip the chicken and cook on 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 more minutes.

Once timer is done, open Air Fryer basket and use a quick read thermometer to test to the chicken. Knowing where to check the chicken  is very important. You can watch this video on how to check the temperature of a whole chicken.

I use my Thermoworks mK4 Thermapen to test my chicken as it’s the most accurate and quickest thermometer on the market.

air fryer whole chicken with thermometer in chicken

When chicken has reached an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit, remove chicken from the Air Fryer basket and allow it to rest on a carving board. I let my chicken rest for about 15 minutes. Cutting it any sooner will make all the juices run out. 

air fryer whole chicken on cutting board

Cut your chicken up and prepare to be amazed.

What to serve Peruvian Air Fryer Whole Chicken with?

I like to serve this chicken with my homemade Peruvian Green Sauce. I fell in love with this bold sauce at the Peruvian restuarant as well. It’s an amazing addition to this chicken.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

air fryer whole chicken cut with lime and cilantro surrounding it

Pro Tip:

Use leftover chicken to make rotisserie chicken salad. 

Serving side suggestions:

Pressure Cooker Pinto Beans

Instant Pot Rice and Beans

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Air Fryer Whole Chicken (Peruvian Style)

This Peruvian Air Fryer Whole Chicken is covered in a delicious marinade and then Air Fried. It has crispy flavorful skin and juicy meat. It’s the perfect Air Fryer Whole Roasted Chicken.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Peruvian
Keyword air fryer whole chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Marinate Time 1 day
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 592kcal
Author Tanya


  • 4-5 lb chicken giblets removed


  • 3 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • ½ Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano dried
  • 2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon soy sauce


  • Blend marinade ingredients in food processor until smooth. Set aside.
  • Wash and dry chicken. Rub all over chicken, including under the skin and on the inside. Allow chicken to marinate for 6-24 hours, the longer the better.
  • Place in Air Fryer, breast side down. Cook on 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Open Air Fryer basket and flip chicken. Then cook on 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 more minutes.
  • Your chicken is done when a quick read thermometer in thickest part of chicken registers at 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Allow chicken to rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.


  • You will need a larger size Air Fryer to make this whole chicken.
  • You could also use this marinade on chicken pieces if you cannot fit a whole chicken in your Air Fryer. Just make sure the pieces are in a single layer so they can get crisp.
  • You can sub your favorite seasoning for this whole chicken. Cook times will remain the same.
  • This chicken goed great with this Peruvian Green Sauce recipe. 


Calories: 592kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 1532mg | Potassium: 502mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 890IU | Vitamin C: 7.2mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 3.7mg
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Monday 26th of July 2021

How long would you cook 2 cornish hens in the air fryer?


Tuesday 27th of July 2021

I haven't made cornish hens in the air fryer but this recipe looks great.


Tuesday 25th of May 2021

Could I use this marinade in skinless chicken breasts or would you only use it on chicken with skin? Thanks!


Tuesday 25th of May 2021

Hi Eileen. Yes, it will work with skinless chicken breast.


Friday 14th of May 2021

I have 2 air fryers never used once! I love Peruvian chicken I make this all the time. Guess now I'll go pull a air Fryer out of storage lol. Thanks for this!!!


Wednesday 19th of May 2021

lol, this is a great recipe to start with too. You'll be hooked.


Tuesday 29th of December 2020

Can this be prepared an then put in the freezer?


Wednesday 30th of December 2020

You mean cooked and then frozen? I don't see why not. You could also place the marinated chicken in the freezer until ready to cook, but I would advise doing that with smaller pieces, so they defrost easier.


Saturday 14th of November 2020

Great recipe. I marinaded for 24 hours. Time and temperature were perfect for my 5 pound whole chicken. I thought it may have overcooked when I saw the skin shrinkage but it was perfect. The white meat was still very tender and juicy.