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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

Ingredients

  • 4-5 lb chicken giblets removed

Marinade

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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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. 

Nutrition

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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Hannah

Friday 22nd of May 2020

I made this chicken for dinner last night with the aji verde, pickled red onions and black beans, and it was amazing!! Thank you so much for this recipe :)

Tanya

Friday 22nd of May 2020

Thank you so much Hannah!

Rob

Thursday 21st of May 2020

Excellent food made it at home. Then for 40 2 days later. Trying ribs tonight. Ty

Tanya

Thursday 21st of May 2020

You're welcome :) So glad you liked the recipe.

Billy

Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

Hi, this looks great will try it for sure.

My Air fryer is 2.5L (2.65 quart) do we think the chicken will fit really want to try it whole chicken,

Tanya

Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

Hi Billy, A whole chicken won't fit in your basket. The smallest basket you could use is a 3.2 qt. However, a cornish hen would fit.

Gerdia

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

This was excellent..I had to use Cornish Hens because i needed it for one person. Also I have a 2 quart air fryer.....It was absolutely 😋 And I will be cooking this again Great recipe 👍🏾

Tanya

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

Awesome! So glad you liked the recipe and I'm happy to hear that cornish hens work well with this marinade.

Edmund

Friday 29th of November 2019

Hi Tanya, I wanted to know if you ever tried Cornish hens with this recipe and if so what would the time be for the cooking? Also wanted to say I love your recipes.

Tanya

Friday 29th of November 2019

Hi Edmund, thanks so much for the nice comment. I actually haven't tried cornish hens in the air fryer yet but it's on my list to try out. For hens, the marinade should work, I would just decrease the cook time by a bit. I would start checking for doneness around 25 minutes just to make sure they don't overcook.