Mouthwateringly tender, juicy, and crisp: this Low FODMAP Cajun-Spiced Rotisserie Chicken cooked in the air fryer will rock your dinner world! Calling only for chicken, garlic-infused olive oil, and my low FODMAP Cajun seasoning blend, this low FODMAP rotisserie chicken recipe is a snap to prepare and throw in an air fryer with a rotisserie function. In addition to being low FODMAP, this air fryer chicken recipe is also perfect for the Keto, low carb, Paleo, and Whole30 diets.
Please note: although low in FODMAPs, the Cajun seasoning blend used in this recipe contains spicy ingredients, which can be an additional symptom trigger for some people with IBS. For a mild low FODMAP rotisserie chicken, substitute 2 tablespoons of my Low FODMAP Poultry Seasoning + 1 teaspoon of salt for the Low FODMAP Cajun Seasoning.
Low FODMAP Chicken in the Air Fryer
I haven't posted a recipe for whole chicken since my Low FODMAP Instant Pot Whole Chicken One-Pot Meal, which is the third recipe I posted to Good Noms, Honey! - ever! I love cooking and eating rotisserie-style chicken, so another whole chicken recipe has been long overdue.
A few months ago I received an Instant Pot Vortex Plus 10-quart Air Fryer, which has a rotisserie upon which you can cook chicken, roasts, and other things. It also comes with a basket you can put on the rotisserie so that allows you to simply air fry things like fries and vegetables without having to toss them half way through cooking like you would a smaller air fryer.
While I've used smaller, single basket air fryers for years, and while they're great for cooking potatoes and other simple sides, if you're going to cook mains and larger food items, this larger, oven-style air fryer is the only air fryer I would recommend anyone buying. Its size allows you to cook most things in a single batch and has so much more versatility than the smaller air fryers. I haven't tried any other brands than the one I own, and there are a few things that annoy me about it (which I'm happy to share with you - just contact me and ask), but overall I'm quite happy I own this one.
Anyways, the air fryer works wonders when it comes to cooking a whole chicken. The inside is juicy and tender while giving the skin a nice crispness.
Why make your own rotisserie chicken?
When you can simply buy a rotisserie chicken at Costco or another grocery store, why make your own?
- Store-bought rotisserie chickens are typically seasoned with high FODMAP ingredients, like garlic and onion powder;
- They are often coated with potentially harmful additives to help the chicken stay moist;
- When you have a pre-made spice mix handy and the proper equipment, it's just so easy to make your own; and,
- Homemade rotisserie chicken tastes fresher and don't come with that stale, overcooked taste you might get from rotisserie chicken that's been sitting under heat lamps for hours.
With this homemade low FODMAP rotisserie chicken recipe, you have complete control over the seasonings used, just making sure that the individual seasonings do not contain potentially harmful additives themselves.
What if I don't have an air fryer with a rotisserie?
While I haven't tested it on any other rotisserie (as I only have an air fryer rotisserie), in theory, this low FODMAP rotisserie chicken recipe's ingredients can be used for chickens cooked on any rotisserie, including grills with rotisserie attachments. The cooking time will most likely be different, so you'll have to look up cooking instructions for rotisserie chicken on the grill, but the ingredients you use will be low FODMAP and freaking delicious.
If you don't have a rotisserie of any kind but have an Instant Pot, you could try my Low FODMAP Instant Pot Whole Chicken One-Pot Meal recipe, which boasts a similar style and tasting whole chicken, which you can cook on its own or as a meal with potatoes and green beans. That is an awesome tasting chicken as well, but its skin does not have the same level of crispness as this chicken cooked in the air fryer.
- Air fryer with a rotisserie (I use an Instant Pot Vortex Plus 10-quart Air Fryer)
- Rotisseries spit, forks, setting screws, and drip pan that come with the air fryer
- Cooking twine
- Paper towels
- Small bowl
- Measuring spoons and cups
- Basting brush
- Instant read thermometer
- Hot pad or towel
- Cutting boards (2)
- Carving knife
Low FODMAP Air Fryer Cajun-Spiced Rotisserie Chicken: Ingredients & Success Tips
Due to the size limitations of the air fryer, it is important to select the right size chicken. I find that chickens that are around 3 to 3.5 pounds max work best in the air fryer. If the chicken is too big, it could scrape the bottom and/or sides of the air fryer, which can result in skin and flesh tearing and the chicken looking a-fright.
To start this recipe, I place my chicken on a cutting board and dry it with paper towels.
I also try to ensure the chicken is tightly trussed with cooking twine (a.k.a. butcher's twine). Some chickens come from the store already trussed, but I have found that they are often not trussed tightly enough to hold together while rotating on a rotisserie, so I tend to re-truss them more tightly before cooking. If you're unsure on how to do this, here, here's a great YouTube video: Rotisserie Grilling: How to Truss Poultry from Mike Vrobel
Once the chicken is tightly trussed, I attach the rotisserie accessories that come with the air fryer to the chicken. This is easiest to do before applying the seasoning and way less messy.
First, I insert the rotisserie spit through the chicken's cavity, leaving a bit more excess on the leg end. This is so the legs are not too close to the wall of the air fryer, which can interfere with the rotation of the rotisserie.
I insert the rotisserie forks at each end of the chicken. On the leg end, I make sure I insert the fork into the center of the portion of the flesh underneath the legs so that the fork does not rip through the chicken skin.
Then, I tighten the setting screws into the forks at each end of the chicken.
Low FODMAP Rotisserie Chicken Seasoning
To make the low FODMAP rotisserie chicken seasoning, I whisk together 2 tablespoons of garlic-infused olive oil with 2 tablespoons of my low FODMAP Cajun seasoning recipe. I'd recommend making a full batch of the Low FODMAP Cajun seasoning and using the leftovers to make more rotisserie chickens, my Low FODMAP Instant Pot Jambalaya, and/or my Low FODMAP Instant Pot Gumbo.
I chose to use Low FODMAP Cajun seasoning mix as when I started doing the research for this recipe, I noticed that most rotisserie chicken spice rubs contain similar ingredients to my low FODMAP Cajun seasoning blend. Instead of measuring out individual ingredients every single time I make this chicken, I can just make one batch of the low FODMAP Cajun seasoning and use it multiple times. The recipe makes about ½ cup of Cajun seasoning, enough to season 4 low FODMAP rotisserie chickens! Talk about easy!
Once the seasoning is mixed with the oil, using a basting brush, I apply the spice mixture to the chicken, starting with the back side so that the spices stay evenly coated on the breast side. The trussing makes it a bit difficult to get into the nooks and crannies near the legs and wings, so I use the basting brush to get into these spaces the best I can.
Putting the Chicken into the Air Fryer
Once completely coated in seasoning, the chicken is ready to go into the air fryer. This process will vary depending on the model of air fryer you're using.
Using an Instant Pot Vortex Plus 10-quart Air Fryer, I first place the drip pan in the bottom of the air fryer. Then, using the rotisserie lift, I lift chicken into the air fryer, using the guide bars inside the air fryer to guide it in place. I move the red rotisserie catch lever to the right and hold while I align the left side of the spit into the rotisserie catch. Then, I set the right end of the rotisserie spit in the notch on the right side of the air fryer and release the rotisserie catch lever. Using my hand, I manually rotate the chicken slightly to make sure the spit is in place and close the air fryer door.
Air Fry the Low FODMAP Rotisserie Chicken
Then, I hit the “Air Fry” button, set the temperature to 375°F, set the timer to 45-50 minutes, hit the “Rotate” button and then the “Start” button. The air fryer will begin its internal preheat and start rotating the chicken. It's best to watch it go around a few times to make sure it is not hitting any parts of the air fryer as it goes around.
Once the "Add Food" prompt sounds at the end of the preheat, I ignore it as the food is already in the air fryer.
Once the cooking time has completed, I open the door of the air fryer. Using an instant read thermometer, I check the internal temperature of the chicken by inserting the thermometer into the thickest part of the breast. Chicken must reach an internal temperature of 165°F to be safely consumed.
If the chicken is not done, I go through the same steps to turn the air fryer on and simply set an external timer for 5 minutes or so. There is no way that I know of to skip the preheat, so the air fryer will go through that again, meanwhile continuing to cook the chicken while preheating.
Removing the Chicken from Air Fryer
This can be the trickiest part of the whole ordeal. Using a towel or hot pad if it is too hot to touch, I move the red rotisserie catch lever to the right and hold. I use the rotisserie lift (after washing it if it touched the raw chicken upon inserting it into the air fryer) to remove the spit from the catch. I release the lever and lift the chicken out of the air fryer onto a cutting board. Lastly, I allow the chicken to cool for 10 minutes before removing the rotisserie accessories from the chicken. The accessories will be way too hot to touch for at least 10 minutes, and it is best to let the chicken rest anyway before carving so that it retains its juiciness.
Once cool enough to touch, I remove the rotisserie accessories from the chicken by unscrewing the fitting screws and removing the forks and spit from the chicken. The parts of the accessories that were inside of the chicken will still be extremely hot, so be careful.
Using scissors, I snip off and remove the cooking twine from the chicken.
Carve and serve
Lastly, using a sharp carving knife, I carve the chicken, placing the pieces onto a serving platter, and serve.
What can I eat this Low FODMAP Rotisserie Chicken with?
I recommend eating this low FODMAP rotisserie chicken with the following low FODMAP side dishes:
This low FODMAP rotisserie chicken recipe makes family dinner a snap, becoming tender and juicy with a crisp skin in an air fryer with a rotisserie function. Keto, low carb, Paleo, and Whole30 compliant.
- Prep chicken. Ensure chicken is tightly trussed with cooking twine (watch this video if you're unsure how to truss a chicken), pat dry with paper towels, and place on a cutting board or platter.
- Slide rotisserie spit through the chicken, leaving a longer amount of spit at the leg end. Secure rotisserie forks at each end of the chicken and tighten setting screws.
- Mix and apply oil and spices. In a small bowl, whisk together garlic-infused oil and low FODMAP Cajun seasoning. Using a basting brush and starting with the back side of the chicken, apply the seasoning mixture, getting seasoning into all the nooks and crannies of the chicken the best you can.
- Put chicken into air fryer. Place drip pan into your air fryer with rotisserie function (I use an Instant Pot Vortex Plus 10-quart Air Fryer – instructions and cooking times will vary by model). Using the rotisserie lift, lift chicken into the air fryer, using the guide bars inside the air fryer to guide it in place. Move the red rotisserie catch lever to the right and hold while you align the left side of the spit into the rotisserie catch. Then, set the right end of the rotisserie spit in the notch on the right side of the air fryer and release the rotisserie catch lever. Manually rotate the chicken slightly to make sure the spit is in place. Close the air fryer door.
- Air fry chicken. Hit the “Air Fry” button, set temperature to 375°F, set the timer to 45-50 minutes, hit the “Rotate” button and then the “Start” button. Ignore the "Add Food" prompt after the preheat.
- Check temp. Once the cooking time is completed, open the air fryer door and check the internal temperature of the chicken by inserting an instant read thermometer into the thickest part of the breast. Chicken must reach an internal temperature of 165°F to be safely consumed.
- Remove chicken from air fryer. Using a towel or hot pad if it is too hot to touch, move the red rotisserie catch lever to the right and hold. Use rotisserie lift (after washing it if it touched the raw chicken) to remove the spit from the catch. Release the lever and lift the chicken out of the air fryer onto a cutting board. Allow the chicken to cool for 10 minutes before removing the rotisserie accessories from the chicken.
- Remove rotisserie accessories. Once cool enough to touch, unscrew the fitting screws and remove the forks and spit from the chicken. Using scissors, snip off cooking twine.
- Carve and serve. Carve chicken and serve with your favorite low FODMAP side dishes.
- Chicken: Chickens that weigh around 3 pounds work best for the air fryer; larger chickens may not fit properly and scrape the bottom of the air fryer as they rotate.
- Low FODMAP Cajun Seasoning: although low in FODMAPs, the Cajun seasoning used in this recipe contains spicy ingredients, which may be an additional symptom trigger for some people with IBS. For a mild low FODMAP rotisserie chicken, substitute 2 tablespoons of low FODMAP Poultry Seasoning (homemade or store-bought) + 1 teaspoon salt for the low FODMAP Cajun seasoning.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cool time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Air Fryer
- Cuisine: American
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