Cornish Hen Recipe

This Cornish Hen Recipe is coated in a garlic and herb rub and roasted until golden brown for the perfect main entrée for any occasion.

I love the simplicity of preparing these and their beautiful flavors.


– Cornish Hens – garlic clove – lemon – fresh rosemary – fresh thyme – regular paprika

Preheat the oven to 425°. Pat the hens dry inside the cavity and on the outside with paper towels. Set them aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the garlic, lemon zest, rosemary, thyme, paprika, salt, pepper, and oil. Evenly divide the garlic and herb rub between the hens and coat them on all sides.

Tuck the wings behind and tie the drums together using butcher’s twine. Transfer them to a roasting pan on a rack, and using a spatula scrape all the remaining herb and garlic oil rub onto the hens.

Bake in the oven on a lower rack at 425° for 50-60 minutes or until the thickest part of the breast reads 163° to 165°. Remove the game hens and rest for 2 to 3 minutes.

Cut the hens in half along with the spice, or serve them whole with optional garnishes of lemons, fresh rosemary, and thyme.

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