Air Fryer Cornish Hen Recipe | Takes Just 5 Minutes To Prep

A cooked cornish hen in an air fryer basket.

This air fryer cornish hen is basically like a homemade mini rotisserie chicken. And it's so easy to make. In fact, it's so easy that this cornish game hen recipe requires just a couple of minutes to prep work and then the air fryer takes care of the rest! Oh, and the results are to die for. The skin turns out super flavorful and incredibly crispy, and the meat is just so, so juicy.



1 Cornish Hen, small, skin-on

2 tbsp. Olive Oil

1 tbsp. White Vinegar

2 tbsp. Fresh Parsley, chopped

2 tbsp. Fresh Cilantro, chopped

1 tsp. Garlic Powder

Salt and Pepper


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 335°F (170ºC).
  2. Mix olive oil, white vinegar, fresh parsley, fresh cilantro, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  3. Pour the mixture over the cornish hen.
  4. Cover the air fryer basket with parchment paper and place the hen in it.
  5. Cook at 335°F (170ºC) for 30 minutes (check at the 20 minutes mark, if it's getting too brown, top with foil and continue cooking). The internal temp should be 165°F.
  6. Serve with cooking juices.


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