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air fryer juicy cornish hens


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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total: 45 minutes

Servings: 4

Cost: $8.01 /serving


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Step 1

Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil. Place the lemon slices in the basket.

Step 2

Pat the cornish hens dry. I use paper towels.

Step 3

Rub both sides of each bird with oil. Sprinkle the seasonings and spices on both sides.

Step 4

Place the cornish hens breast side down in the air fryer on top of the lemons. You don't want the legs to overcook.

Step 5

Air fry for 25 minutes on 350 degrees.

Step 6

Open the basket and flip the corn hens. Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes or until your cornish hens have reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer. If you like really crispy skin, adjust and add additional cook time as necesary.

Step 7

Place the meat thermometer in the thickest part of the chicken, which is typically the chicken thigh area. I like to test the breast too, just to ensure the entire chicken is fully cooked

Step 8

Remove the hens from the air fryer basket and place it on a plate to rest for at least 15 minutes before cutting into the chicken. This will allow the moisture to redistribute throughout the chicken before you cut into it.

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