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Best-ever air fryer roast chicken

We jazz up a classic roast chook with a turn in the air fryer, serving it with crispy gnocchi.
roast chicken and gnocchi on a serving plateCon Poulos
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Need some guidance on how to tell when a roast chicken is cooked? Our handy guide covers two methods – using a skewer or a meat thermometer.

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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Roast chicken
Crispy gnocchi


Roast chicken


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


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 160C for 30 minutes. Using tongs, turn the chicken breast-side up taking care not to tear the skin. Cook for a further 20 minutes or until the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted into the thickest part of the thigh. Stand for 10 minutes.

Crispy gnocchi


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 200C for 10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through cooking time, until crisp and golden.

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