Your air fryer can take on a whole chicken, and cuts the cooking, too
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Cut down the time for your roast chicken by cooking it in the air fryer instead. With this method, you can achieve golden crispy skin while reusing your air fryer for gnocchi, a supreme accompaniment to a smoky, juicy roast chicken dish.



  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 2 tsps chopped rosemary
  • 1 tsp chopped thyme
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.2 kg whole chicken
  • ½ medium lemon, halved
  • 8 sprigs lemon thyme
  • Olive oil spray


  • 500 grams packet refrigerated ready-made potato gnocchi
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp garlic salt



Preheat a 5.3 litre air fryer to 160 C for 3 mins.


Combine garlic and onion powder, paprika, chopped herbs and olive oil in a small bowl.


Remove and discard any fat from cavity of chicken. Pat the cavity and skin dry with paper towel. Tuck wings tips under body. Fill cavity of chicken with lemon halves and half the thyme sprigs. Tie legs together with kitchen string. Brush chicken all over with spice mixture.


Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray. Taking care, place the chicken breast-side down in the basket. Cover chicken loosely with foil. Cook at 160 C for 30 mins. Using tongs, turn the chicken breast-side up taking care not to tear the skin. Cook for a further 20 mins or until the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted into the thickest part of the thigh. Stand for 10 mins.



Meanwhile, cook gnocchi in a large saucepan of boiling water, following packet instructions, until just tender; drain well. Spread gnocchi out over a tray to air dry while chicken is cooking. Toss gnocchi with olive oil. Taking care, place gnocchi, in a single layer, in the air fryer basket, sprinkle with garlic salt. Cook at 200 C for 10 mins, shaking the basket halfway through cooking time, until crisp and golden.

TIP Want to get the most value from a roast chicken? Turn the carcass into soup or a stock. If you don’t have time to make stock from the roast chicken carcass right away, simply freeze the bones and make it when you have time.


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