Air-fryer roast chicken

Air-fryer roast chicken

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She’s renowned for a multitude of dishes, but Abigail Donnelly's roast chicken has a special number one spot in our hearts (okay, tied first place with her pavlova, of course). She’s recently been playing around with her new favourite appliance – the air-fryer – and reckons that her air-fryer citrus roast chicken recipe might just be better than her classic recipe. We’re shook!


  • 1 whole free-range chicken
  • 1 T Spanish smoked paprika
  • ½ T white pepper
  • 1 T fennel seeds
  • ½ T onion powder
  • ½ T smoked chilli flakes
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 3 ClemenGolds, halved
  • ½ shallot, halved
  • 1 T butter
  • For the crispy onions:
  • 4 onions, sliced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 T onion powder
  • For the cauliflower:
  • 1 x 300 g packet cauliflower florets
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 T smoked paprika
  • salt, to taste
  • a handful parsley, chopped
  • a handful celery leaves, chopped
  • 1 Woolworths LemonGold, juiced

Cooking Instructions

1. Place the chicken on the air-fryer tray. Combine the spices and olive oil and cover the chicken with the mixture.

2. Arrange the ClemenGolds and shallots around and inside the chicken, and place the butter inside the chicken.

3 .Cook in the air-fryer at 180°C for 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the size of the  chicken.

4. To make the crispy onions, toss the onions with the olive oil and onion powder, then air-fry at 180°C for 10–12 minutes.

5. To make the cauliflower, place the cauliflower on the air-fryer tray, drizzle with the olive oil, and sprinkle over the paprika and salt. Air-fry 180°C for 12–15 minutes, depending on how crunchy you like your cauliflower. Top the cauliflower with the parsley, celery and a squeeze of LemonGold juice. Serve the chicken with the onions and cauliflower.

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Videography: Romy Wilson
Photograph: Jan Ras

Abigail Donnelly Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly
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Nothing excites Woolworths TASTE's Food Director quite as much as the challenge of dreaming up recipes with innovative new foods – or the thrill of creating deliciousness on a plate with the humblest of ingredients. With Abi by your side, you’ll be a cooking expert in no time at all.

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