Cornish Game Hen with Chimichurri

  • Prep 15 mins
  • Total 55 mins
  • Medium
  • Serves 3

Perfect this Cornish Game Hen dish developed by celebrity chefs Adam Gertler and Aaron May, using the Ninja® Foodi™ XL Pro Air Fry Oven and Ninja® Foodi® Power Blender & Processor. Cornish game hens are a small tender poultry that cook fast and pair so well with an herby chimichurri sauce and crispy potatoes. In under an hour, you can have a slightly elevated and fancy meal to share with your family or friends.

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Chimichurri Sauce

  • ½ cup lime juice  
  • ½ cup olive oil 
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chive
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley  
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh oregano
  • ½ jalapeño, seeds removed
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled, whole

Hens and Potatoes

  • 2 russet potatoes, sliced ¼-inch thick
  • Kosher salt, as desired 
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil  
  • Ground black pepper, as desired
  • 2 Cornish rock hens  
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled, minced
  • ½ cup Wondra or instant flour
  • 4 bay leaves
  • Parmesan cheese, as desired


  • Large Pot
  • Step 1

    Add all chimichurri ingredients into the Nutri Ninja® Cup in the order listed. Select BLEND and process until the sauce is combined, but not smooth. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper.

  • Step 2

    Add the potatoes to a large pot of salted water, bring to a boil and simmer until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and toss with 2 tablespoons canola oil, salt, and pepper. Arrange the potatoes evenly in the air fry basket.

  • Step 3

    Install the wire rack on Level 1. Select WHOLE ROAST, select 2 LEVEL, set temperature to 450°F, and set time to 20 minutes. Press START/STOP to begin preheating.  

  • Step 4

    Spatchcock the hens and season liberally with salt, pepperminced garlic, and flour. Drizzle each hen with 2 tablespoons canola oil, then top with 1 bay leaf. Nest the Ninja Roast Tray in the Ninja Sheet Pan, then place the hens on the tray.  

  • Step 5

     When the unit is preheated, place pan on wire rack on Level 1 and slide basket into the rails on Level 4. Close oven door to begin cooking. 

  • Step 6

    When hens reach an internal temperature of 165°F, remove potatoes. Turn on the broil function and cook the hens for an additional 1 to 2 minutes, until they are a deep golden brown.

  • Step 7

    When cooking is complete, remove the hens from the oven and cover in chimichurri sauce. Top the potatoes with Parmesan cheese and serve warm with the hens.