How To Make Cornish Hens In Air Fryer

How To Make Cornish Hens In Air Fryer In Under An Hour

Do you know how to make Cornish Hens in air fryer? This post will show you exactly how to do it in under an hour! By now, you know I really love using my air fryer. There are literally no other appliances in my kitchen. But that’s a story for another day. Another thing I have taken a liking to these days are juicy Cornish hens. I have found a recipe that my entire family loves and today I am going to share that with you. So, let’s get started.

How To Prep Your Cornish Hens For Air Frying

The first thing that you want to do is to wash your chicken, just to wash off anything that may have been stuck to your chicken. If you want to marinate the chicken you can, just season it with your favorite seasoning.

You are almost ready to go, if you want to find a recipe to cook your Cornish hen, you can or you want to go freestyle you can do that as well. Regardless of what you choose to do with your chicken is up to doesn’t matter what you do just have fun with it.

How To Make Cornish Hens In Air Fryer

Here are two of my all-time favorite recipes that you can try for yourself.

How To Make Perfect Cornish Hens In Air Fryer

Preparation Time: 5 minutes | Cooking Time: 30 minutes | Serves: 2


  • 2 tablespoons Montreal chicken seasoning
  • 1 (1½- to 2-pound) Cornish hen


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 390°F. Rub the seasoning over the chicken, coating it thoroughly.
  2. Put the chicken in the basket. Set the timer and roast for 15 minutes.
  3. Flip the chicken and cook for another 15 minutes. Check that the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165°F. Add Cooking Time if needed.

Calories 520 | Fat 36g | Carb 0g | Protein 45g

Rotisserie-Style Cornish Hens

When you think about Cornish Hens, you think about a gourmet dinner at a restaurant. This time it’s coming straight out of your kitchen but it’s coming from your Air Fryer! It’s going to be juicy and tender on the inside while crispy on the outside. If you have invited someone so that you can cook for them, then bring this recipe out to impress them.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4


  • Kosher salt (1 tbs.)
  • Thyme (1/2 tsp., dried)
  • Game Hens (2 Cornish)
  • Ground black pepper (1 tsp.)
  • Avocado oil (2 tbs.)
  • Garlic powder (1 tsp.)
  • Basil (1/2 tsp., dried)
  • Oregano (1/2 tsp., dried)
  • Smoked paprika (1 tsp.)


  1. Inside the basket, spray it with oil.
  2. In a small bowl, add all of the seasoning and the avocado oil.
  3. Brush the seasoning mix all over both hens. Rub the breast especially for more flavor. Directly rub the seasoning on the breast under the skin.
  4. Place the hen, breast down in the air fryer basket. Set the temperature at 360 degrees F and cook for 35 minutes.
  5. If you want the skin to be crispy, then flip the hens and cook it for another 10 minutes.
  6. Cook the Cornish hen until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Side Dishes That Pair Well With Air Fried Cornish Hens

Here are a few recipes that go well with the Cornish hen.

Rosemary Potatoes

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes

Cooking Time: 5 Minutes

Serves: 2


  • Three Large Red Potatoes, Cubed & Not Peeled
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • Pinch Sea Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Rosemary, Dried


  1. Start by preheating your fryer to 390.
  2. Combine your potatoes with olive oil, salt and rosemary. Make sure your potatoes are coated properly.
  3. Cook for 5 minutes, and then check them. If you’d like them to be crispier than you can cook them for another two to three minutes.
  4. You can serve them on their own or with sour cream.

Calories 150 | Fat 5g | Carb 9g| Protein 9g

Zoodles & Quinoa

Serves: 2

Time: 45 mins.


  • 3 teaspoons of sesame oil
  • ⅓ cup of quinoa, dry
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of bean sprouts
  • ½ large carrot, peeled and spiralized
  • 1½ cups of mushrooms of your choice
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 large zucchini, spiralized
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • Sriracha for garnish


  1. Place the quinoa into a large pot filled with salted water. Cover pot and allow to boil over medium-high heat. Once boiled, reduce to a simmer for around 10 to 15 minutes or until it becomes fluffy. Fluff, using a fork, then transfer in a bowl, set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 teaspoon sesame oil over medium heat and cook carrot noodles for around 2 minutes. Season with salt and continue cooking until it becomes soft. Set aside.
  3. Cook the bean sprouts on the same pan, seasoning with salt, for around 2 minutes. Once cooked, set aside.
  4. Add another teaspoon of oil, then cook the mushrooms and season with salt. Cook for around 3 to 5 minutes, then set aside.
  5. On the same pan once again, add remaining sesame oil and cook spinach with garlic for around 3 minutes or until spinach is wilted, then set aside.
  6. Do the same thing with the zucchini noodles, cooking for around 3 to 5 minutes or until cooked according to your preference.
  7. Meanwhile, cook eggs according to preference. For example, heat oil in a pan over medium heat, then crack the eggs into the pan. Cook until the tops of all the whites are set but let the yolk remain runny. Take the pan from off the heat and use a spatula to remove the eggs.
  8. Assemble all the veggies in a bowl. Top it with the cooked egg and drizzle with a bit of sriracha. Serve.

Bottom Line

I hope you were able to replicate my two favorite Cornish Hen recipes. And that if you haven’t tried them as yet you will in the future. Happy Cooking.

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