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Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil. Place the lemon slices in the basket.
Pat the cornish hens dry. I use paper towels.
Rub both sides of each bird with oil. Sprinkle the seasonings and spices on both sides.
Place the cornish hens breast side down in the air fryer on top of the lemons. You don't want the legs to overcook.
Air fry for 25 minutes on 350 degrees.
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.
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
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.