Air Fryer Cornish Hen


This is my basic recipe for no-fail air fryer Cornish hens. I use the Tyson® brand Cornish because they are two pounds a piece and perfect for two people once the bones are discarded. Reduce cooking time if using smaller hens. Feel free to use your favorite herbs and spices to change things up.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
2 servings


  • 2 pounds Cornish hen, giblets removed

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • nonstick cooking spray


  1. Preheat an air fryer to 390 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Pat Cornish hen dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper on all sides.

  3. Place hen in the basket of the air fryer and cook for 15 minutes. Spray the top of the hen with nonstick cooking spray and cook for 15 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  4. Transfer the hen to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Carve and serve.

Cook's Note:

If you are using a frozen Cornish hen, make sure it is fully thawed before cooking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

404 Calories
28g Fat
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 404
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 204mg 68%
Sodium 100mg 4%
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 381mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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