Ninja Foodi Review first look and crispy roast chicken recipe

Ninja Foodi Review first look and crispy roast chicken recipe Sweet Savant America's best food blogger

Ninja Foodi Review first look and crispy roast chicken recipe

Ninja FOODi First look and crispy roast chicken recipe! Does the new Ninja FOODi combination pressure cooker and air fryer live up to the hype? I’ll compare the Ninja Foodi VS the Instant Pot in the next post. Watch this video and find out. I’ll demonstrate with the roast chicken recipe in the Ninja FOODi handbook. The Ninja FOODi infomercial claims that you will get moist chicken by using this pressure cooker and crispy skin with the air fryer, I tested it out for you so watch and see the results

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I find that some of the recipes that come in the Ninja Foodi cookbook need adjustments for seasoning but the cooking times seem right on. The roast chicken recipe that came in the NInja Foodi did not call for seasoning the chicken at all before cooking and that gets a big no from me. I seasoned the chicken inside, outside and underneath the skin with my seasoned salt recipe. GET THE SEASONED SALT RECIPE HERE

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The NInja Foodi is large (about14.25 x 16.75 x 13.10 Inches) and heavy (about 20 pounds). Still smaller than buying two separate appliances but needs to be considered if space is an issue. At the time of this post, it cost about $180 at Sam’s Club and Walmart.

Ninja Foodi Review roast chicken

This roast chicken recipe uses both the pressure cooker feature as well as the air fryer feature. Pressure cooking the chicken greatly speeds up the cooking time while air frying gets the chicken skin all nice and crispy.

The chicken came out nice and moist on the inside and air frying gave the skin a nice, crispy finish. I was very happy with the results. I’m doing more testing but so far I really like the Ninja Foodi!

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It can be a bit tricky to get the chicken out of the pan without it falling apart. I used these heat resistant silicon gloves to lift the chicken out of the Ninja Foodi. Here’s a link for them on Amazon

Ninja FOODi features:

Dual pressure levels (high and low) Pressure cook, slow cook, sauté, steam UL-Certified safety mechanisms 12 month warranty TenderCrisp™ Technology (pressure cooking and air frying combination) Crisping lid to air crisp, bake/roast, dehydrate, and broil XL 4 quart air fry basket Family sized 6.5 quart cooking pot Ceramic-coated non-stick inner cooking pot 5 stovetop temperature settings Simplified control panel without presets for customizable results Automatic stay warm up to 12 hours

Is the Ninja Foodi an Instant Pot?

The Ninja Foodi is not an Instant Pot. The Ninja Foodi is a combination electric pressure cooker and air fryer. The Instant Pot is also an electric pressure cooker but it does not have a built in air fryer.

You can now purchase a Mealthy crisping lid for Instant Pot. Check out my Mealthy CrispLid review

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Ninja Foodi Review first look and crispy roast chicken recipe

Demetra Overton
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings


  • One 4.5 - 5 pound chicken
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned salt
  • Juice of 2 lemons about 1/4 cup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns optional
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


  • Combine lemon juice, honey, water, salt, peppercorns, thyme, and garlic in the COOKING POT
  • Season the chicken inside, outside and underneath the skin with seasoned salt
  • Place the chicken in the AIR CRISP BASKET then place the air crisp basket into the cooking pot
  • Assemble the pressure lid making sure the pressure release valve is in the seal position
  • Select PRESSURE and set to hight (HI) for15 minutes then select START/STOP to begin
  • When the pressure cooking is complete quick release the pressure by carefully moving the pressure release valve to the VENT position
  • Carefully remove the lid when the unit has finished releasing pressure
  • Brush the chicken with canola oil
  • Close the CRISPING LID and select AIR CRISP.
  • Set the temperature to 400 degrees and set the time for 15 minutes. Select START/STOP to begin
  • Cook until the desired level of crispness has been reached adding up to 5 additional minutes
  • The USDA recommends cooking chicken to 165 degrees as measured in the thigh. I like to cook my chicken until it reaches 170 degrees in the thigh.
  • Carefully remove the chicken from the air crisp basket
  • The juices in the bottom of the cooking pot make a delicious sauce.



3 Comments on Ninja Foodi Review and Crispy roast chicken recipe

  1. Pamela
    May 18, 2019 at 6:19 am (5 years ago)

    Thanks for this video. I have the Ninja foodi and love it. I use it for almost everything. However I wasn’t too sure how the whole chicken would come out, so I’m glad you posted this. I am going to checkout the link above about cleaning the lid. My question is though, do you think I could roast chicken legs and thighs in the foodi? And if so, how long and at what temperature do you recommend?

  2. Sharon
    April 22, 2019 at 5:37 pm (5 years ago)

    Thank you for providing such a comprehensive video review, I was on the fence about this product until I watched your video.

    • Demetra Overton
      May 2, 2019 at 4:27 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you, Sharon, I’m so glad you found this helpful. Please watch my latest Ninja Foodi video about cleaning the air fryer lid. Here’s the link


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