One of the first things many people seem to try in their Instant Pot Vortex Plus air fryer 7 in 1 oven is Instant Pot Vortex rotisserie chicken. Unlike many air fryers, the Vortex includes a rotisserie spit, for making air fryer rotisserie chicken. It can be a great way to air fry a whole chicken. At the same time, it isn’t without some peril. I had great results making a a whole chicken in my Vortex, but also have several cautions. Read on!
This recipe is also keto and low carb! It uses a Buttermilk brine.
Want to make chicken in the Omni instead? Try this Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken, Instant Omni recipe. You can also make that one in the Vortex. It uses a rub instead of Buttermilk brine.
If you do not have a Vortex but do have an air fryer with a rotisserie, you can certainly use the recipe given here. Some of the cautions and considerations may or may not apply to your oven or air fryer. You can also make the recipe given below in a standard air fryer without a rotisserie. Simply place the chicken on the tray or in the basket.
Instant Pot Vortex Rotisserie Chicken Considerations and Cautions
You can make an Instant Pot Vortex whole chicken in several ways. The first one, of course, that comes to mind is to use the spit and rotate the chicken for even browning. But you can also simply set your chicken on a tray and turn it occasionally. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
(1) The Instant Pot Vortex manual states that the oven can handle up to a 4 pound chicken. While a larger whole chicken might fit, I do not recommend trying it. There have been reports in various Facebook Groups, such as this one, of the rotisserie rod getting bent with larger chickens, chickens getting stuck and not rotating properly, and the spit coming out of the holder, causing damage. So stick to 4 lbs and under! Indeed, my first chicken was slightly over and it hit the bottom when rotating, causing it to not rotate as well.
(2) Make sure your rotisserie spit is properly seated. Use the red lever to release it when inserting and then make sure it is properly seated when moving the lever back.
(3) The rotisserie is fun and does give nice browning all around, but it also has a certain annoyance factor. You may need to remove the wings from your bird, tie your chicken well, and wrestle a bit with getting the fork prongs onto the spit. Then you might wrestle with it a bit again when removing your chicken from the spit.
(4) So is the tray better? You can do your chicken on a tray and simply turn it from time to time. It is easier in many ways, but it may have a few less browned areas than if you used the rotisserie. But it will still taste great. If you run into troubles with your rotisserie, simply stick the chicken on a tray. It will come out fine!
(5) Line your bottom tray with foil. Chickens put out a lot of drippings and clean up is much easier with a foil lined drip tray.
Instant Pot Vortex Rotisserie Chicken Recipes
Rotisserie chicken can be made with varying recipes. The recipe I provide below is for Buttermilk Marinated Whole Chicken. But you can use another type of brine or rub on your chicken. After that the steps remain the same. For a brine, marinate the chicken, and for rub, rub the chicken in olive oil and rub on spices and herbs.
With brines, I like to use chicken stock with salt and any other spices of preference.
For rubs, Recipes From a Pantry has a great air fryer whole chicken post that lists suggestions for rubs.
Also, My Crazy Good Life has a great post on rotisserie chicken made five ways!.
How to Cook Rotisserie Chicken in the Instant Pot Vortex
Making an air fryer oven rotisserie chicken is pretty straightforward. For the Vortex, you will need your rotisserie spit and a seasoned chicken. For my recipe, I marinated the chicken for 24 hours in a Buttermilk brine. This uses the lactic acid in the milk to tenderize the chicken and then it caramelizes to a deep brown when cooked. Simply add Buttermilk with a Tablespoon of salt, a bit of oil, and come garlic powder added and marinate it in a plastic bag. You can turn the bag once in a while but it is OK if you do not. It still will come out fine.
After marinating, or otherwise seasoning, Give the bird a bit of salt and pepper to taste to prepare it for the rotisserie spit, or for your tray if not using a spit.
To get your air fryer rotisserie chicken onto the spit, I recommend attaching the fork prong to one end first and inserting the rod through the chicken. Push the prong into the chicken and then put the prong onto the other end. I found that lining up the hole in the prong with the spit took a bit of work. It wasn’t terribly hard, but it needs to line up well to go in.
Truss the chicken up with cooking twine and consider cutting off the wings. I did not cut mine off for this recipe, but I did for the next one, and that made things easier. The wings tend to flop around if you do not tie them well, the tips can overcook, and they can block browning of part of the breast. So I recommend removing them. Tie the legs together and add more twine to hold the wings and legs tight.
Now, use the rotisserie removal tool to place your chicken in the Vortex. Make sure that you use the red release lever and sit the spit in the designated hole before moving the lever back into position. Double check that it is in there. Then, set the oven to 380 degrees and air fry with rotate for 50-60 minutes or until the chicken turns a very dark brown. Smaller chickens might take only 40 minutes. Larger will be more in the 60 minute range. If cooking on a tray, turn the chicken occasionally.
Some people have taken to pushing the chicken into the rotisserie basket. If your chicken will fit, that can be an easy way to cook it.
In the below photo, you can see how my chicken had its wings touch the bottom when rotating. My chicken was slightly too large (4.25 pounds) and I should have cut off the wings. Do as I say, not as I do, lol!
Buttermilk marinated chicken gets very brown because the sugars in the buttermilk caramelize. The salt in the brine also makes the skin nice and crispy. It makes the inside tender, moist, and juicy though, and it tastes great! I also use buttermilk for recipes such as these air fryer Instant Pot Vortex buttermilk pork chops.
Remove the chicken carefully! It is hot! I use silicone gloves to handle hot items such as this.
Serving Air fryer Rotisserie Chicken
I served my Buttermilk marinated chicken with roasted Brussels sprouts. You can do those in the Vortex too! But not at the same time as the chicken. Recipe to come.
This is also a great fall recipe, so try pairing it up with one of these great Top Keto Pumpkin Recipes!
Everything was perfectly juicy, including the breasts. Nothing dried out. It was delicious!
- Whole chicken
- 2 cups Buttermilk
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon sea salt
- 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Mix the buttermilk, oil, sea salt, and garlic powder in a large baggie.
- Add the whole chicken and marinate for 24 hours up to two days.
- Remove the chicken and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Truss the chicken by removing the wings, tying the legs, and tying the around the chicken to hold the thighs in place.
- Place chicken on the rotisserie spit and inset into the air fryer oven.
- Set the air fryer oven to 380 degrees and air fry with rotate turned on for 50 minutes or until the chicken is a dark brown and internal temperature measures 165 degrees (measure at the meatiest part of the thigh).
- Remove the chicken using the removal tool and, using hot pads or gloves, carefully remove the chicken from the spit.
- Carve and serve!
This recipe can be made using a standard air fryer or on the tray of the Vortex. If done that way, turn the chicken occasionally during the air frying process.
Smaller chickens might be done in closer to 40 minutes. Larger ones could take 60 or a bit more. Use a meat thermometer!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 528 Total Fat: 35g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 24g Cholesterol: 136mg Sodium: 2016mg Carbohydrates: 7g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 6g Protein: 45g