One of the key features of the Instant Omni air fryer is the rotisserie spit, so one of the first things I made in it was air fryer rotisserie chicken. This Instant Omni rotisserie chicken can also be made in the Instant Vortex or in any air fryer or convection oven simply by putting the chicken in the basket or tray and turning it part way though cooking. If you have a Power air fryer you can make this in that too as it also has a rotisserie.
If you want to learn more about the Omni, see my full Instant Omni review! I have also made air fryer rotisserie chicken in the Vortex using a buttermilk chicken recipe. You can also use that recipe in the Omni as well. See that here: Instant Vortex Rotisserie Chicken.
This recipe is keto, paleo, Whole30, and low carb friendly!
Instant Omni Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken
The nice thing about air fried whole chicken is that it gets a really nice crispy skin, while staying juicy. While stores will often sell a premade rotisserie chicken for less than you can make it yourself (Costco actually loses a ton of money on their chicken), making your own often tastes much better!
Instant Omni Rotisserie Chicken Tips
Making chicken in the Instant Pot Omni is pretty easy. But there are a few things that you should keep in mind.
(1) Keep the weight to under 4 pounds. Yes, people have put larger chickens on the Omni rotisserie, and a larger bird will fit in there, but 4 lbs is the listed weight limit. This is especially critical if you are making this recipe in the Instant Vortex instead because there have been multiple reports of users breaking their Vortex rotisserie by overloading it.
(2) Truss up your chicken! Tie the legs together and tie the wings tight to the body. Or cut off the wings and save them for something else. You don’t want your chicken flopping around when it is rotating on the spit.
This helps keep the parts that stick out more, like the wings, from burning, and it keeps your chicken from falling apart when it is fully cooked.
(3) Spray the chicken with oil and use a fair amount of salt for the crispiest skin. You will see that most air fryer rotisserie chicken recipes use a fair amount of salt for this reason. But if you are cutting salt from your diet, it isn’t 100% required. You can still make a tasty chicken.
(4) If your chicken starts getting too dark but is not yet to the necessary internal temperature, turn down the heat a bit. Just turning it down 20 degrees will keep it from getting too dark. With that said, I like mine to get very dark. It is extra crispy that way!
(5) Use a meat thermometer to measure when the chicken is fully cooked. The right internal temperature is 165 degrees (75° Celsius) . Measure at the thickest part of the thigh and do not touch bone. The juices should be running clear instead of pink when it is fully cooked.
Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken Recipe
I started out with a chicken that was a bit under 4 pounds. I tied it up well and inserted the Omni rotisserie spit. Then I mixed up a rub. You can use whatever rub you like. In my case I grabbed some favorite spices and just mixed them together. I used a fair amount of Thyme since that always goes well with chicken.
Spray the chicken with a bit of oil (I used avocado oil) and pat on the rub. It is then ready to into the air fryer or your rotisserie oven.
I air fried my chicken at 380 for a bit over an hour and ten minutes. You can use either the roast or air fry setting. I turned the heat down to 360 for the last ten minutes or so to lessen the browning a bit. Your chicken is done when it reaches 165 degrees internal temperature. Generally though a 4 pound chicken will take around an hour give or take ten minutes or so.
Let the chicken rest for about 10 minutes after removing it from the oven. It is OK to take it out at about 160 temperature if resting it because it will keep cooking as it rests. Simply put a foil tent over it. Resting the chicken helps it to retain its juices.
Serving Rotisserie Chicken
Reheating Rotisserie Chicken
Can you reheat rotisserie chicken in an air fryer? Yes! You can use the Instant Omni reheat function or in any air fryer, set it to 350 on air fry or roast and cook on a tray for about 4 to five minutes. It makes serving left overs super easy!
And, speaking of leftovers. Here are a couple of Instant Pot recipes for you that use rotisserie chicken:
More Air Fryer Chicken Recipes
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- Whole chicken
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 T of oil of choice such as Olive oil or Avocado oil (I use an avocado oil spray)
- 1 T dried thyme
- 1 t Italian seasoning
- 2 t garlic powder
- 2 t onion powder
- 1 t paprika
- Wash and truss the chicken, tying the legs, wings, and thighs.
- Insert the chicken onto the rotisserie spit. If using a standard air fryer skip this step.
- In a small bowl combine the thyme, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.
- Spray or rub the chicken with oil and salt and pepper it to taste.
- Rub the seasoning mix onto the chicken.
- Insert the chicken into the air fryer.
- Air fry or roast at 380 for one hour or until the the chicken reaches 160-165 degrees internal temperature.
- Remove the chicken and let it rest under a foil tent for 10 minutes.
- Remove from the spit and enjoy!
If using a standard air fryer, simply use your basket or tray and turn the chicken half way through cooking.
If the chicken starts getting to browned, turn the heat down at the end by 10-20 degrees.
For the Omni and Vortex, make sure that the chicken is under four pounds.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 495Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 271mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 41g