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Air Fryer Cornish Hen

Air fryer Cornish hen is a Whole30 meal that is ready in thirty minutes. It is also gluten free, dairy free, and delicious. This recipe uses only a few staple ingredients and makes for a crispy and delicious meal. Update your old recipe with this easy air fryer Cornish hen!

  • Author: paleobailey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: chicken
  • Method: air fryer
  • Cuisine: american
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1 (2-pound) Cornish hen
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, or taste


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F. for 5 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the spices
  2. Lay the Cornish hen on a cutting board and rub the olive oil onto it on all sides. Then sprinkle the seasoning over it and rub into the skin and under the skin until it’s evenly coated
  3. Place the Cornish hen breast side down into the basket or onto the rack and cook for 20 minutes. Flip the Cornish hen to breast side up and cook an additional 12 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  4. Remove from the air fryer and let rest for 10 minutes to lock in the juices before slicing or serving


  • You may have to adjust the time up depending on the size of your cornish hen