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Super crispy cornish game hen skin on a plate with fresh herbs

Air Fryer Cornish Hen

An unbelievably easy 30 Minute Meal using the Air Fryer. This Cornish Hen Recipe is easy, fast and delicious!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword Air Fryer Cornish Hen
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 101kcal


  • Air Fryer


  • 1 each Cornish Hen with the packet of the neck and giblets removed
  • 2 tbsp butter sliced


Prepare the Cornish Hen

  • Remove the bag with the neck, liver and giblets from the cavity of the hen. Set aside.
  • Work your fingers between the skin and the meat of the bird to make room for the two pads of butter.
    Cornish Hen with pads of butter in between the skin and the meat on an air fryer sheet

Prepare the Air Fryer

  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 390 degrees. It should take 3-4 minutes.
  • When it is preheated, insert the hen with the breast side up.
    Cornish Hen with pads of butter in between the skin and the meat on an air fryer sheet
  • Set the timer for 15 minutes
  • After 15 minutes, carefully remove the hen from the air fryer and turn it over. I used two forks.
  • Put the Cornish Hen back in the Air Fryer and set the time for another 15 minutes.
  • After 15 more minutes, check the temperature to make sure it is at least 165 degrees F
    Cooked Cornish Hen in the Air Fryer with a temperature gauge to show it is fully cooked

Cook the Neck, Liver and Giblets

  • With about 12 minutes remaining, open the Air Fryer and add the neck, liver and giblets to the tray. When the hen is completely cooked, these goodies will be fully cooked as well.
    Fully cooked and gold brown hen with necks and giblets
  • Remove and serve.


For the simplicity of showing you how to cook a Cornish Hen in the Air Fryer, we didn't add spices. You can simply add the spices that you desire by rubbing on prior to cooking. Don't worry if you want it plain, this is DELISH without spices!  


Serving: 1half of hen | Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 100mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 350IU