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Ninja Foodi roast chicken

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In our home we absolutely love to enjoy a roast dinner. My daughter, 7, is a big fan in particular, and I love the family feel that serving up a tasty roast, and relaxing in front of a film, brings to my family. This Ninja Foodi roast chicken is always a winner!

In this post I’m going to be covering a method using the roast setting on my Ninja Foodi 15 in 1, however, I also have slow cooker whole chicken and air fryer whole chicken recipe posts if you’re looking for those instead.

In just one hour you can be serving up a tender, succulent chicken, and then you can either enjoy it with roast dinner trimmings or you can break it down for family meals, sandwiches or just see how far you can stretch a whole chicken.

The prep time for this recipe is just a few minutes too, and you can use the juices to make a tasty chicken gravy or even add some potatoes and other vegetables to the pot to make a complete meal.

Be sure to check out some of my other Ninja Foodi recipes while you’re here too. Also if you’re serving up a tasty roast dinner then this Ninja Foodi apple crumble is perfect for dessert.

I love to use leftover roast chicken in these leftover sausage rolls. A great way to make an additional main dish to a family meal with just a little bit of meat.

A cooked whole chicken

Ingredients for Ninja Foodi roast chicken:

1 whole chicken (Mine was 1.5kg but whatever size you get just make sure it will fit into your Ninja Foodi)

15ml olive oil

4 cloves of garlic

1 teaspoon each of sage, thyme, paprika 

1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper

Ninja Foodi roast beef, sliced, in a Pyrex glass baking dish. The beef sits in its own stock.

Method for roasting a chicken in the Ninja Foodi:

Mince your garlic cloves lightly using a knife.

Mix together the sage, thyme, paprika, minced garlic, salt and pepper with the oil.

Use 2/3 of this oil mix to dress the chicken all over.

Reserve 1/3 of the oil mix to use later on in the cooking process.

If you’ve got an *air fryer sling then use it for this recipe for convenience. The sling has to be one of my favourite Ninja Foodi accessories and I use it at least weekly.

Place your chicken in the air fryer basket. I like to go for breast side down.

Use the roast mode to cook at 180C (355F approx) for 35-40 minutes.

Turn the chicken over, baste it with the remaining oil mix and then leave it turned over.

Pop this back in, breast side up, and use the air fryer mode at 180C (355F approx) for 15-20 minutes.

Check that the chicken is not burning close to the end of the cooking time and use a meat thermometer to check the safe internal temperature has been reached also.

Serve and enjoy. 

Ninja Foodi OL750UK 15 in a 1 model on a beige worktop with white tiles and a toaster in the background

Want to make Ninja Foodi roast chicken and vegetables?

I love to parboil potatoes, give them a shake and leave them to steam in the colander. Then I’ll cover them with oil, herbs and pop them in the bottom around the Ninja Foodi basket and cook at the same time as I’m roasting the chicken.

Want to cook some other vegetables alongside your chicken? 

Switching to the air fryer setting near the end makes it perfect to cook up some nice vegetables at this time too. I love to make air fryer broccolini, air fryer carrots and parsnips, air fryer green beans or air fryer roasted tomatoes for something a little different.

Ninja Foodi gammon joint, half sliced, half joint, on a wooden chopping board with orange slices to garnish. There are roast potatoes are stuffing at the bottom of the photograph also.

Does your chicken have stuffing in? 

Cooking times can vary with stuffed birds, so you may want to cover the skin towards the end of the cooking time, as it may be a little thinner from the stuffing.

Should you put a roast chicken breast up or down?

I like to cook it breast down, and then flip it over near the end. That way the juices are back in the breast well for the serving and this makes for a succulent and tender chicken.

What position should the pressure release vale be in?

I always have it in the vent position unless I am using the Ninja Foodi pressure cooker setting. It is normal for steam to be released from this from time to time.

Two pieces of cooked hunters chicken on greaseproof paper. Hunters chicken is a chicken breast wrapped in streaky bacon, covered with bbq sauce and cheese then grilled or air fried.

Looking to make a chicken gravy with the juices?

There isn’t as much juice from this chicken as some of my other whole chicken recipes, but you can definitely still use it to make the start of a chicken gravy.

Add two tablespoons of the juices to a pan, then two tablespoons of plain flour. Stir continually while cooking for 1-2 minutes.

Crumble in a chicken stock cube.

Add the rest of the juices, topping up with water as required, then simmer until you’ve got a chicken gravy to the consistency you want

If you’re making a roast dinner be sure to check out some of my favourite roast dinner posts:

A blue bowl containing pressure cooked spaghetti, air fryer meatballs and tomato sauce topped with cheese

Looking for an alternative seasoning for your chicken?

I’ve got a ton of homemade seasoning blends I love to use including fajita seasoningperi peri seasoningcajun seasoning or my Mexican spice blend all add lots of flavour and go great alongside air fryer chips and air fryer corn on the cob for a simple dinner.

How to make a roast chicken in your Ninja Foodi:

A cooked whole chicken
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Ninja Foodi roast chicken

How to roast a whole chicken in the Ninja Foodi

Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Keyword chicken, Ninja Foodi, Roast dinner
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 312 kcal
Author Katykicker

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken Mine was 1.5kg but whatever size you get just make sure it will fit into your Ninja Foodi
  • 15 ml olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon each of sage thyme, paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Mince your garlic cloves lightly using a knife.

  2. Mix together the sage, thyme, paprika, minced garlic, salt and pepper with the oil.

  3. Use 2/3 of this oil mix to dress the chicken all over.
  4. Reserve 1/3 of the oil mix to use later on in the cooking process.
  5. If you’ve got an *air fryer sling then use it for this recipe for convenience. The sling has to be one of my favourite Ninja Foodi accessories and I use it at least weekly.
  6. Place your chicken in the air fryer basket. I like to go for breast side down.
  7. Use the roast mode to cook at 180C (355F approx) for 35-40 minutes.
  8. Turn the chicken over, baste it with the remaining oil mix and then leave it turned over.
  9. Pop this back in, breast side up, and use the air fryer mode at 180C (355F approx) for 15-20 minutes.
  10. Check that the chicken is not burning close to the end of the cooking time and use a meat thermometer to check the safe internal temperature has been reached also.
  11. Serve and enjoy.
Nutrition Facts
Ninja Foodi roast chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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A cooked whole chicken
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Sheila Alexander

Sunday 12th of November 2023

lOVELY to see the way you go about the business of making the most of your site. Haven't used your recipes yet but will be.

katykicker

Monday 13th of November 2023

Thank you, that's so kind!

Robin Landis

Friday 24th of March 2023

Would be nice if translated for your friends across the pond. Your English measurements are CLUELESS to Americans.

Thank you, please translate. This recipe looks delicious.

katykicker

Friday 24th of March 2023

Hello Robin! I've dropped you a message as I'd love to discuss what it is that could make this recipe more helpful. Thanks!

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