The Best Air Fryer Roast Chicken
I don’t know about you, but there’s almost nothing I enjoy as much as a perfect, crispy roast chicken. This recipe is simple, delicious, and perfect every time!
The perfect roast chicken… It’s a cooking goal so many of us have pursued, but haven’t yet achieved – until now. This chicken recipe is the pinnacle of roast chicken perfection – it’s juicy, tremendously crisp and flavourful.
So, what makes the perfect roast chicken?
Let’s tick some boxes! The perfect roast chicken has one simple secret ingredient – buttermilk! Yes, that’s right. The secret ingredient to juicy and crispy fried chicken is also precisely what you need to make succulent, crispy and gorgeously browned roast chicken. Who’d have thunk it! And the steps couldn’t be simpler. You’ll mix the marinade, brine your chicken in the delicious mixture, ideally overnight, then pop it into the air fryer or oven, and voila! Perfect, juicy chicken for Sunday lunches, dinners, or just to treat yourself – you deserve it!
If you make this roast chicken and you don’t eat it all, you can use the leftovers to make one of my favourite chicken salads! Try my Vietnamese Chicken Salad if you’re in the mood for light Asian flavours, otherwise, you could give my more Mediterranean-inspired Green Chicken Salad a spin! They’re both guaranteed to please.
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Frequently Asked Questions
I don’t have buttermilk, what can I use?
If you don’t have any buttermilk, you can use yoghurt thinned with enough milk to reach a pourable consistency. If you don’t have yoghurt, you can make your own buttermilk using milk and lemon juice or vinegar! Simply add 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to a measuring cup, then top up with milk until you reach the 1 cup or 250ml mark. Stir, allow to sit for 10 minutes, and then use as you would use normal buttermilk.
Why cook this in the air fryer?
If you do roast this chicken in the air fryer, you’ll be saving on both time and energy, while achieving a superior golden and crispy result. The chicken will brown and crisp up beautifully, and you can avoid turning on the oven for only one dish! Air frying is typically very efficient, shaving 30-40% off the cooking time of roasting a chicken in the oven.
Why splay the legs?
I find splaying the legs of the bird achieves the best results when air frying a chicken. The process helps speed up the cooking time of the bird and ensures the leg meat, which usually takes longer to cook, is more exposed to the heat. The resulting chicken is crispy while maintaining its succulence. The process is similar in concept to spatchcocking a chicken, without the fuss of cutting out the backbone.
Why is buttermilk the secret ingredient to perfect roast chicken?
Buttermilk and yoghurt are slightly acidic and contain enzymes that tenderise the meat without toughening it. Add salt and flavourings into your buttermilk to perfectly season and flavour the bird right to the bone. Marinating the meat in this way also contributes to keeping the chicken nice and juicy while it cooks.