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How to Prepare Cornish Game Hen

Updated on December 21, 2016

Roasted Cornish Game Hen

Cornish Game Hen with all the fixin's
Cornish Game Hen with all the fixin's | Source

A "Def-hen-ition"

In the United States, a Cornish game hen, also sometimes called a Cornish hen, Poussin, Rock Cornish hen, or simply Rock Cornish, is a hybrid chicken sold whole. Despite the name, it is not a game bird. Rather, it is a broiler chicken, the most common strain of commercially raised meat chickens. Source: Wikipedia

Cornish Game Hen

I feel proud as a peacock sharing this delicious chicken recipe with all of you. My inspiration for trying this out for the first time was seeing it prepared on my favorite cooking show The Chew. I was initially a little intimidated, but it's actually a pretty simple recipe. You'll love the spices used to season the chicken, and how the meat falls off the bone.

Dice up potatoes and vegetables of your choice, to complete this delicious chicken recipe.

Cornish Game Hen

5 stars from 3 ratings of Cornish Game Hen

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: Serves 2 people

Ingredients

Ingredients needed for preparing Cornish Game Hen
Ingredients needed for preparing Cornish Game Hen | Source

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Ingredients

  • 2 Cornish Game Hens, 2 Pounds Each
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoon Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Basil
  • 2 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 2 Tablespoon Thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon Lawry's Season Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 4 Cloves Fresh Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 6 Potatoes, Quartered
  • 3 Stalks Celery, Diced
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 3 Carrots, Peeled and Diced

Spices for Seasoning

Spices for Cornish Game Hen: Fresh and Dried Basil, Salt, Pepper, Lawry's Seasoning, Salt, Paprika, Dried Thyme, Lemon Juice and Fresh Minced Garlic
Spices for Cornish Game Hen: Fresh and Dried Basil, Salt, Pepper, Lawry's Seasoning, Salt, Paprika, Dried Thyme, Lemon Juice and Fresh Minced Garlic | Source

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degree's
  2. In a small mixing bowl, stir together salt, pepper, dried basil, dried thyme, Lawry's season salt, paprika and lemon juice
  3. Rub olive oil all over hens, including inside of cavity
  4. Pour & rub spice mixture all over hens
  5. Place fresh basil leaves inside hen cavities
  6. Dice potatoes, onion, carrots and celery and place on bottom of roasting pan
  7. Place hens on top of potatoes & vegetables-make sure to have plenty of room between the hens to ensure crisp skin
  8. Roast hens in preheated oven for approximately 1 hour or until thermometer reads 165 degrees and juices run clear
  9. Carefully remove hens to a serving platter
  10. Remove potatoes and vegetables from roasting pan into a serving bowl
  11. Serve 1 whole hen per guest and place cavity side down
  12. Serve immediately while meat is hot

One More Instruction

Once you've rinsed the chicken, pat dry and rub with olive oil and spices. Set chicken on top of diced vegetables and potatoes. Bake at 375 degrees.
Once you've rinsed the chicken, pat dry and rub with olive oil and spices. Set chicken on top of diced vegetables and potatoes. Bake at 375 degrees. | Source

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My first attempt at preparing Cornish Game Hen was a success. The meat was juicy, tender and delicious
My first attempt at preparing Cornish Game Hen was a success. The meat was juicy, tender and delicious | Source

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    Linda Rogers 9 months ago from Minnesota

    Audrey-so glad to hear you made this on Sunday. Hope it was tender and juicy. I really appreciate you coming by.

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    Audrey Hunt 9 months ago from Nashville Tn.

    Well you should be proud Linda. This is one delicious recipe for Cornish game hen. It's on the menu for sunday.

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    Linda Rogers 10 months ago from Minnesota

    What a great idea Shauna-we don't always have to do the traditional turkey or ham; especially if you don't have a lot of guest's. Awesome to see you my friend :)

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    Shauna L Bowling 10 months ago from Central Florida

    I love Cornish Game Hens. I often make them for Christmas dinner rather than turkey (not again, argh!) or ham.

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    Linda Rogers 10 months ago from Minnesota

    Hi Flourish and Maria-so glad you came by to see my recipe for Cornish Game Hen. It's really fun to make and will impress your guest's. Happy New Year to both of you. Hope your Christmas was full of love and joy.

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    Maria Jordan 10 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Merry Christmas...this is a wonderful dish to enjoy for this season - will be sure to pass it along to my hubby / chef. Hugs and Happy 2017, Maria

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    FlourishAnyway 10 months ago from USA

    This recipe sounds delicious. I've made Cornish game hens a couple of times. It's strange that some people won't eat them because they look like little baby chickens. However, I like that each person can get their own.

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    Linda Rogers 11 months ago from Minnesota

    So nice to see your beautiful smiling face. Thanks for the nice comment. If I can make this, you can. It turned out so tender and delicious. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 11 months ago from Southern Illinois

    Linda, your Cornish hens recipe looks delicious and I will be making it in the near future. Thank you for sharing....

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    Linda Rogers 11 months ago from Minnesota

    Hi BP-Hopefully this wasn't beginners luck for me. Hope your having a great holiday season thus far. Thanks for coming by.

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    breakfastpop 11 months ago

    I am going to try this recipe. I made Cornish Hens once, but I wasn't thrilled with the results.

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    Linda Rogers 11 months ago from Minnesota

    Oh wow Bill-are you kidding me? This would be a top notch meal for New Years Eve. I'm guessing Bev will do the cooking. LOL Merry Christmas to both of you and the rest of your family.

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    Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

    So here's the thing: we raise quail, and I'm wondering if this recipe wouldn't be perfect for those small birds? I think I'll be giving it a try. Thanks so much for the inspiration, and Merry Christmas to you and your amazing sister.

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    Linda Rogers 11 months ago from Minnesota

    Happy New Year Jackie-This is a perfect dinner for bringing in the new year. It's got that special, holiday flare. Hope you make it.

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    Jackie Lynnley 11 months ago from The Beautiful South

    I love the Cornish hen and I know veggies are great with any chicken baked on top...wings or whatever so I just know these hens would be fantastic! Have to give them a try...maybe for new years! Thank you.

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    Linda Rogers 11 months ago from Minnesota

    Thanks Laura-glad you liked it. I'll be making this on a regular basis. It's just like eating a whole rotisserie chicken but just smaller and more tender.

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    Laura Arne 11 months ago from Minnetonka, MN

    I so enjoyed the Cornish game hen the other night. You did a great job. The meat was tender and juicy and I loved the potatoes and veggies to accompany the hen. So glad dad taught us to cook.