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Air Fryer Cornish Hen

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Most Amazing Crispy, Tender, and Juicy Air Fryer Cornish Hen Recipe

If you love cornish hen, you have got to try this new crispy, tender, and juicy air fryer recipe. It completely changes the way cornish hen tastes.

If you loved cornish hen before, you will want to add this air fryer cornish hen recipe to your great weeknight meal recipes. If you never really liked cornish hen before, this recipe will definitely change your mind.

You’ll also love these Air Fryer Chicken Tenders, Air Fryer Turkey Breast, Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings and Air Fryer Salmon.

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What is a Cornish Hen?

Cornish hen includes various types of broiler chickens approved by the USDA. The cornish hen is a mix between white Plymouth rock and cornish chicken breeds.

These hens are usually small and served ready-to-cook. They can be cooked in different ways. However, putting these cornish hens in the air fryer makes them taste so much better.

Air Fryer Cornish Hen Ingredients

If you have been looking for a way to get tastier, juicier cornish hen, this air fryer cornish hen recipe is just what you need. Whether you are having it for a great weeknight meal or a holiday meal, everyone is going to love it.

The ingredients that you need for this air fryer cornish hen recipe are the following:

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Seasonings

  • Cornish hen

Once you have all of these ingredients, you will be ready to make this delicious, falls-off-the-bone, cornish hen recipe. It would be a great option for Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Easter dinner.

This cornish hen would also be great if you were just having family members or friends over for a meal, too.

How to Make Cornish Hens in the Air Fryer

If the sound of this ar fryer cornish hen recipe is already making you so hungry, it is time to learn how to make it. Making this tender, juicy cornish hen air fryer recipe is very simple. All you need to do is the following:

  • Preheat your air fryer

  • Rub the extra virgin olive oil on your hen

  • Add the seasonings

  • Place your hen in the air fryer

  • Rotate your hen half-way through the air frying process

Once you have done this and let the cornish hen finish air frying, it will be ready to serve. Everyone will get to enjoy an amazing meal and each other’s company.

How Long to Cook Air Fryer Cornish Hens

Nobody has all day to sit around cooking. If you want a quick, great weeknight meal or holiday meal, this air fryer cornish hen recipe only takes about 40 minutes.

From the time you season your cornish hens to the time they are on the table and ready to eat, you can socialize and spend time with one another.

How Many Cornish Game Hens to Serve Per Person

The number of cornish hens that you will be serving to each person can vary. It could depend on the age of the people that you are serving.

For instance, a child may only want a quarter or not even that. However, most adults will probably want half or at the most one cornish hen.

They are delicious after all. Most people will have half a cornish hen at one meal. You can use this to plan for how many cornish hens you will be making.

Air Fryer Cornish Hen Tips

Just making this recipe as mentioned above will turn out perfectly. However, there are some air fryer cornish hen tips to make this recipe turn out even better.

The tips that you may want to use include the following:

  • Preheat your air fryer before putting the cornish hen in

  • Don’t open the air fryer too often while the cornish hen is frying

  • Use a digital thermometer

  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket

Following these tips will certainly help to ensure you have tender and juicy cornish hens when finished. With these tips, your friends and family will want to come over for dinner all the time.

What to Do with Cornish Hen Leftovers

If you happen to have leftovers when making this cornish hen recipe, you can put them in the fridge for up to 3 days. These leftovers can be reheated in your air fryer at 325 degrees for 8 minutes.

You can also put them in your freezer for up to 3 months. If doing this, you should make sure the cornish hens are in an airtight container.


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This air fryer recipe would be a great weeknight meal or holiday meal. If you have never tried air fryer cornish hens before, you should really try this recipe. The cornish hens turn out perfectly juicy, tender, and delicious.

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Air Fryer Cornish Hen

5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 180 kcal


  • Air Fryer


  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cornish hen
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Sazon total complete seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika


  • Preheat air fryer to 360 degrees.
  • Mix all seasonings together in a small bowl.
  • Rub Cornish hen with olive oil on both sides.
  • Season cornish hen with seasonings on both sides.
  • Place Cornish hen in your Air fryer breast side down cook for 20 minutes. Flip with breast side up and cook for 10 minutes or until golden brown. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees.
  • Carefully take it out the Cornish hen.
  • Let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • Cut, serve and enjoy.


Serving: 2gCalories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 59gFat: 55gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 344mgSodium: 1462mgPotassium: 840mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 616IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 3mg
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  • Reply Danielle Wolter 2021/03/01 at 6:44 am

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! It came out so juicy and delicious, the seasoning was great too! Will def be making this again.

    • Reply Dionne 2021/05/29 at 4:35 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

  • Reply Claudia Lamascolo 2021/03/01 at 7:51 am

    5 stars
    This sounds super delicious and so easy! On my list to make soon! I never had enough chicken dish recipes

  • Reply Shanna M. 2021/03/01 at 8:28 am

    5 stars
    This was so tender and juicy and I loved the crispy skin on the outside. I definitely will be making this again.

    • Reply Dionne 2021/05/29 at 4:36 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

  • Reply Beth Sachs 2021/03/01 at 8:29 am

    5 stars
    Another great recipe to try in my new air fryer! It looks so tasty and delicious.

  • Reply Dannii 2021/03/01 at 8:39 am

    5 stars
    It’s amazing what can be done in the air fryer. This looks perfectly cooked too.

  • Reply Katherine 2021/03/09 at 6:36 am

    5 stars
    Such a genius idea to cook a Cornish Game Hen in the air fyer!

  • Reply Danielle Wolter 2021/03/09 at 7:12 am

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to try this! I have been using my air fryer like crazy and this is a great idea!

  • Reply Dannii 2021/03/09 at 7:20 am

    5 stars
    I am always excited to find new ways to use my air fryer, and this looks delicious and perfectly cooked.

    • Reply Dionne 2021/05/29 at 4:38 pm

      Thank you so much.

  • Reply Kay 2021/03/09 at 8:31 am

    5 stars
    We love our air fryer but never cooked chicken like this in our fryer until last night and it was amazing, the meat was amazing and juicy and the whole family loved this as a midweek meal:)
    Thanks for sharing!!

    • Reply Dionne 2021/05/29 at 4:38 pm

      Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  • Reply Beth Sachs 2021/03/09 at 8:42 am

    5 stars
    I’ve just bought my first air fryer and I’m having so much fun experimenting with new recipes. This was so tender and juicy, everyone loved it.

  • Reply Rosemary 2021/03/09 at 8:45 am

    5 stars
    Love this recipe as I am huge fan of cornish hens. Love your seasoning recommendations. I usually add mushrooms to mine and the flavors are divine. Great recipe!

  • Reply Sharon 2021/03/09 at 10:55 am

    5 stars
    I had no idea I could make a dinner like this right in my air fryer! This dish is perfect for Sunday supper.

    • Reply Dionne 2021/05/29 at 4:44 pm

      Yep, it really is perfect for Sunday Supper. That is normally when I make it.

  • Reply Julia 2021/03/11 at 1:35 pm

    5 stars
    Live this! Never heard about sazon seasoning, excited to try this out with my new airfryer

  • Reply Emily Liao 2021/03/11 at 1:48 pm

    5 stars
    This turned out perfectly in the air fryer! Perfectly crisp and juicy.

    • Reply Dionne 2021/05/29 at 4:44 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you.

  • Reply rika 2021/03/11 at 2:05 pm

    5 stars
    I just love cooking with my air fryer. The seasoning sounds delicious and the hen looks so crispy!

  • Reply Alex 2021/03/11 at 2:39 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve never cooked cornish hen before, but I do have an air fryer so I guess I need to try! You made it sound so easy!

  • Reply Heidy Linn 2021/03/11 at 3:47 pm

    5 stars
    This Air Fryer Cornish Hen recipe sounds like a keeper! My husband and kids are all excited to try this new fabulous dish ASAP. I hope you have a great week, and we are all looking forward to your new recipes!

    • Reply Dionne 2021/05/29 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind comment.

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