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Ninja Foodi Lemon Pesto Whole Chicken

You’re not going to find an easier chicken dinner than this Ninja Foodi Pesto Whole Roast Chicken recipe. Made in the pressure cooker, then air crisped to perfection, you’ll be sitting down to a quick dinner in about 45 minutes.
Prep Time11 mins
Cook Time34 mins
Resting Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat
Keyword: air fryer, chicken, Instant Pot, lemon, ninja foodi, pesto, Pressure Cooker
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 412kcal



  • 3 lb chicken
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • lemon halved
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves sliced
  • 3 tablespoons pesto
  • 1 red onion quartered
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or water


  • Rub the chicken down with salt and pepper, squeeze half a lemon over top.
  • Seperate the skin from the meat on top of the breast and stuff 3 of the 4 sliced cloves under the skin.
  • Rub the jarred pesto overtop of the chicken skin, underneath with the garlic, and in the cavity.
  • Stuff 1/4 of the onion and half the lemon into the cavity of the chicken (you may have to slice it to make it fit).
  • Add the trivet to the Ninja Foodi and place the chicken on top. Surround the chicken with the rest of the onion. Add the liquod (water or broth).
  • Place the lid on top of the Foodi and seal. Turn on high pressure for 22 minutes. Let the pressure come down naturally for 5 minutes. Then release the vent.
  • Remove the lid and close the air fryer lid. Air fry for 12-15 minutes at 400F.
  • Let the chicken rest for 10-15 minutes to let the juices settle.


If you don't have a Ninja Foodi and want to make an Instant Pot roast chicken, you can leave the crisping step out but let the chicken rest for 15-20 minutes.
Calorie information:
The caloric information provided is a little off as it takes into account the whole chicken. If you're just having half a breast, then. you can count the chicken as that if you're tracking what you eat.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 474mg | Potassium: 384mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg