Air Fryer Cornish Hen Recipe

Air Fryer Cornish Hen Recipe

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How To Make Air Fryer Cornish Hen

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Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes



  • 4 Cornish hens
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1 lemon, sliced


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 375°F (190°C).

  2. In a small bowl, mix together the salt, garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, and dried thyme.

  3. Rub the Cornish hens with olive oil, then sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over all sides of the hens.

  4. Place the Cornish hens in the air fryer basket, breast side down, and add the lemon slices on top.

  5. Cook in the air fryer for 15 minutes.

  6. Flip the hens over and cook for another 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).

  7. Let the hens rest for 5 minutes before serving.


  • Calories : 420kcal
  • Total Fat : 28g
  • Saturated Fat : 7g
  • Cholesterol : 186mg
  • Sodium : 1000mg
  • Total Carbohydrates : 2g
  • Dietary Fiber : 1g
  • Sugar : 0g
  • Protein : 40g
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