Easy Air Fryer Cornish Hen Recipe

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Being on the road or camped at your favorite campsite doesn’t mean you can’t make an impressive looking dinner!  We love this easy air fryer cornish hen recipe. Delicious dinner idea and such a low amount of effort required. 

Air Fryer Cornish Hens Cooked

Camping Recipes Can Be Simple AND Delicious

Out of all of the meals and recipes you might try out in your camper, a baked chicken might not be the first thing that comes to mind.  When we first started camping and heading out on multi-night trips away from home, we kept the cooking super simple. We used our camping grill to make burgers and hot dogs, cooked easy skillet meals, and sometimes even tried out some foil packet dinners.

Slowly but surely we branched out a little with our cooking. Our Instant Pot quickly became a staple in our camper. We love cooking up easy Instant Pot recipes when camping. Not far behind that pressure cooker came the air fryer! We love these air fryer cajun wings and of course, a family favorite dessert is air fryer s’mores (no campfire required)!

Easy Air Fryer Cornish Hen Recipe

This cornish hen recipe is DELICIOUS! If you are familiar with cornish game hens, you know that these little chickens are much smaller than the traditional chickens you might roast in your oven. They are still very flavorful and make a tasty dinner dish, but their size makes them a great option for most standard air fryers.

Air Fryer Cornish Hens Ingredients

As always, we tried to keep the ingredient list short for this camper-friendly recipe. Don’t worry about the chicken lacking flavor though – this recipe is loaded with delicious flavor! If you have a bigger air fryer, you can cook a couple cornish hens at a time.  If your unit is smaller, you can cook them individually.

Average sized cornish hens typically provide 1-2 servings per hen.

Let’s jump right into this recipe!

Air Fryer Cornish Hens Cooked

Air Fryer Cornish Hen Recipe

Grab some butter and spices to prep your cornish hens before popping them into the air fryer. This is a delicious recipe!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • air fryer


  • 2 cornish hens
  • 1/2 stick melted butter
  • Seasoned Salt
  • Garlic and Herb Seasoning Spray
  • Non-stick cooking spray


  • Coat the cornish hens in butter (the more the better!).
    Air Fryer Cornish Hens Buttered
  • Sprinkle each hen with seasoned salt and garlic & herb seasoning (to taste).
    Seasoned Air Fryer Cornish Hens
  • Spray air fryer rack with non-stick cooking spray and place the cornish hens on the rack.
    Air Fryer Rack Cornish Hen
  • Cook the hens at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!
    Air Fryer Cornish Hens SQUARE
Keyword air fryer, chicken

If you give this recipe a try, let us know how it works!

This recipe is ideal for couples or even solo travelers since most air fryers can only accommodate 1-2 hens at once and they take 40 minutes to cook.

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