Southwestern Ninja Foodi Whole Chicken
Cooked with fresh vegetables and plenty of spices, Ninja Foodi whole chicken is a one pot meal you won’t want to miss! Tender, juicy meat is coated in a blend of savory spices that instantly flavor chunks of corn, potato, onion, and bell pepper. This instant pot whole chicken dinner recipe makes enough to feed the whole family, but it’s just as great for leftovers too.
Southwestern Ninja Foodi Whole Chicken
What I love about this Southwestern Roast Chicken dinner is that it’s one and done. Simply cook all the ingredients in the Ninja Foodi and you’ll only have one dish to wash!
On top of that, this meal goes a long way. Instead of grabbing a rotisserie chicken on the way home from school pick up or work, try this Ninja Foodi whole chicken recipe. It’s even tastier and the vegetables are an easy, instant side dish.
This Southwestern-inspired chicken dinner is the first meal I made in my Ninja Foodi and I am so excited to share it!
Don’t have a Ninja Foodi?
You can make this in a pressure cooker (InstantPot) or slow cooker, or you can adapt it and roast it in the oven. I have further instructions in the note section of the recipe card below.
Why you will love whole chicken in Ninja Foodi
- Simple, classic flavors – spicy and savory chicken and veggies is a winning combination
- One pot meal – pressure cook and air fry everything together
- Great for leftovers – you can even use the meat and bones in other recipes
- Keeps your kitchen cool – skip the oven and save energy too
How to make perfect instant pot whole chicken
Keep in mind that the Ninja Foodi takes a bit of time to get up to pressure — that is not included in the cooking time located in the recipe card.
Don’t forget the liquid
This Ninja Foodi whole chicken recipe starts with the pressure cooker function, so you need at least 1 cup of liquid in the pot. I used water, but feel free to substitute chicken or vegetable broth for more flavor.
If you want to get extra fancy, you can adjust the seasonings to complement your favorite wine or beer and use that as the liquid instead!
Use an instant read thermometer
Every recipe needs room for adjustment, and when you’re dealing with raw poultry, you don’t want to mess around! Cook your Ninja Foodi roasted chicken according to the recipe, then check the internal temperature before you call it good.
Insert the probe into the thickest part of the thigh, being careful not to hit bone (the extra heat from the bone will affect the temperature reading). Once your thermometer reads between 160-165 degrees F, it’s done!
Let it rest
It’s important to let your Ninja chicken rest for 10-20 minutes before slicing. This allows time for the meat to relax so you don’t lose all the juices!
Also, bone-in meat and poultry will continue to cook as it rests. Allowing that extra time will get it to a perfect internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
Frequently Asked Questions about Roast Chicken Dinner
What to make with leftover roast chicken?
One of the biggest budget-friendly foods you can add to your grocery list is a whole chicken. Not only do you get a wholesome meal, but you can turn that into so many different meals that no one would guess are “leftovers.”
- Rotisserie Chicken Tacos
- Chicken Spring Rolls with Garlicky Turmeric Sauce
- Moroccan Chicken Quinoa Salad
I also made this chicken zoodle soup with the leftovers and it was so good!
Recently on my nutrition website, I shared 13 healthy recipes using rotisserie chicken. Head over there for more chicken leftover inspiration.
If you don’t have much meat left for leftovers, you can boil the bones and make a bone broth (here’s how to make bone broth in an Instant Pot). From there, you can go forward with a soup or freeze it for later use.
What vegetables go with Ninja Foodi whole chicken?
I chose some of my favorite Southern spices and vegetables for this recipe. I wanted something full of flavour to be balanced with hearty vegetables that will hold their shape.
The vegetables I used in this instant pot whole chicken dinner are:
- Baby potatoes
- Green pepper
Other great options could include green beans, Brussels sprouts, carrots, broccoli, or cauliflower.
How many calories are this Southwestern roast chicken dinner?
According to the nutrition calculator I use for this recipe, 1/4 of the whole dish (including the corn, peppers, and potatoes) is 598 calories total, 53g of carbohydrate, 34g of protein, and 27 grams of fat.
The issue with this calculation is that the 3lbs of chicken includes the bones. Also, I didn’t make a gravy so the protein and fat counts will be less than what’s listed (making the calorie count go down as well). Another thing to consider is if you don’t eat the skin, you’ll be taking in less fat there as well.
More Ninja chicken recipes:
Southwestern Whole Chicken in Ninja Foodi
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- In the pot of the Ninja Foodi, lay out the corn, baby potatoes, 3/4 of the onion, and green pepper.
- Rub the inside of the chicken and outside with the rub mix.
- Chop the top of the head garlic and give it a hit with your knife. Throw it inside the chicken cavity, along with the 1/4 of the remaining onion. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables.
- Add the water, place on the lid, seal and pressure cook for 22 minutes on high.
- Let the chicken naturally release for five minutes (this keeps it cooking), then vent it.
- Take off the pressure cooker lid and spray with a quick spray of Avocado oil (this is the one I have) or brush it on.
- Put down the air crisper lid and air crisp at 400F for 10-12 minutes.
- Let the chicken rest for 10-20 minutes
- The chicken should read on a meat thermometer at least 165F.
- To crisp the chicken, broil it on a sheet pan for a few minutes until brown.