Juicy Air-Fryer Cornish Hens

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min. + standing


2 servings

Updated: Apr. 26, 2023
This easy air-fryer recipe will help you put a gourmet meal on the table with little fuss. It's perfect for weeknights! — Katrina Adams, Mount Olive, Alabama
Juicy Air-Fryer Cornish Hens Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 teaspoons salt-free seasoning blend
  • 4 teaspoons everything seasoning blend
  • 2 teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Cornish game hens (20-24 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Combine the first 6 ingredients. Tuck wings under hens; tie legs together. Rub oil over hens; sprinkle with seasonings. Place hens, breast side down, on greased tray in air-fryer basket. Cook at 375° until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°, 18-20 minutes, turning once. (Cover loosely with foil if hens brown too quickly.) Let stand 10 minutes before carving.
Air Fryer Cook Times
In our testing, we find cook times vary dramatically between brands of air fryers. As a result, we give wider than normal ranges on suggested cook times. Begin checking at the first time listed and adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts

1 hen: 860 calories, 63g fat (15g saturated fat), 351mg cholesterol, 2313mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 60g protein.