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Air fryer Cornish hen (with crispy skin!)

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Delicious juicy Cornish hen in your air fryer, the best recipe for crispy skin and fantastic flavor!

For weight watchers points: myWW green plan 5 points, blue plan 5 points, purple 5 points ( all calculations are done by adding ingredients to Weight watchers app calculator). Points are per serving.

air fryer whole cornish hen

What is a cornish hen?

Cornish hen is a little, miniature chicken. Most grocery stores will have this bird in the freezer section, at least that’s where i usually buy it from. There is no difference between the taste of a chicken and a cornish game hen. Cornish hens are an ideal dinner to serve for a special occasion, they look different and a bit festive.

We love to cook them on weekdays too. I just cook one ans split it between by kids, that’s enough to feed them and make their bellies full. For an adult, i would recommend the whole cornish hen, or even two.

How to cook this bird in Air fryer

This must be the easiest recipe i ever made, not only in the air fryer, but ever. I like to buy cornish hens in butches in Costco, my local Costco sells it in packs of six for a very good price!

So, whats is so amazing about cooking Cornish hen in the Air Fryer? Check out the steps and instructions below:

Step1. Preheat AF to 390F. While its heating up we will have time to prepare the hen.

Ste2. Rub the bird with your favorite spices (or make it simple like i did). I only used salt, pepper and paprika, smoked will be great!

Step3. Place Cornish hen in the AF basket and wait for about 25 minutes. You may notice that you kitchen will get filld with amazing smell!

Step4. Turn half way through . This step is completely optional, because the skin will get crispy everywhere anyways. I do this just in case.

Thats it! Crispy, juicy and absolutely delicious Cornish hen is ready! Add your favorite side dish or a simple veggie salad and enjoy your dinner.

Love that color? That is exactly what you will get after you follow my recipe. So deliciously crispy and browned very well.

air fryer roasted cornish hen

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What to do with cornish hen leftovers?

Just like with the chicken , you can store cornish hen in the fridge for up to 3 days, then simply reheat it in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 1-2 minutes. If you need to freeze it, make sure to use an air tight container to prevent a freezer burn. Freezer for up to 3 months.

What to serve with Air fryer cornish hen

I have more delicious air fryer recipes to try

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4.93 from 14 votes

Air Fryer Cornish hen

Delicious juicy Cornish hen in your air fryer, the best recipe for crispy skin and fantastic flavor!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 300kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Rub Corish hen with spices . Spray Air fryer basket with olive or coconut oil spray.
  • Place Cornish hen in to your Air fryer ( 390F for 25 minutes). Turn half way through.
  • Carefully take it out and serve

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Notes

For weight watchers points: myWW green plan 5 points, blue plan 5 points, purple 5 points ( all calculations are done by adding ingredients to Weight watchers app calculator). Points are per serving.
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Nutrition

Calories: 300kcal | Protein: 25g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 354mg | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1.2mg

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators.

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Lisa

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

Does this recipe create much smoke?

Tatiana Shifruk

Thursday 14th of May 2020

I use a Gourmia air fryer and never had a smoke. Hope that helps

Shaleah

Saturday 9th of May 2020

Perfectly spot on. Feel free to use different oils, herbs and seasonings. The crispness is on point AND it's juicy! I'd eat the bones if I could! ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Geoffrey Gonifas

Monday 27th of April 2020

Is it possible to Air Fry two Cornish Hens at the same time?

Tatiana Shifruk

Monday 27th of April 2020

Absolutely!

Aubrey

Thursday 3rd of October 2019

What is the minimum size (or capacity) Air Fryer that I need to bake a cornish hen? Is a 4-quart size Air Fryer big enough?

Tatiana Shifruk

Friday 4th of October 2019

4 quart will have plenty of space for 2 cornish hens i think

Armando

Tuesday 1st of October 2019

Why do you spray the basket, my airfryer basket is a nonstick .