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A cooked cornish hen in the air fryer basket.

Air Fryer Cornish Hens

Cook up whole Cornish hens quickly and easy with the aid of your air fryer. Seasoned with garlic, onion, thyme and paprika, these roasted Cornish hens have a delicious crispy skin and juicy and tender meat.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fried cornish hens, cornish hens recipe, how to cook cornish hens in the air fryer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 585kcal
Author Tanya


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cornish hens
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Pat the cornish hens dry. Then rub them with olive oil all over.
  • In small bowl, mix the garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Rub the spices all over the cornish hens
  • Place the cornish hens in the air fryer breast side down and cook on 375F for 20 minutes. Then flip and cook for 10 additional minutes.


Calories: 585kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 1884mg | Potassium: 577mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 501IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg