Herb-Roasted Cornish Hens

Herb-Roasted Cornish Hens

Michelle Mullis 2

"Roasted with lemon, garlic, onion and a medley of fresh herbs, this is sure to please anytime or for special occasions."


1 h 45 m servings 814 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 814 kcal
  • 41%
  • Fat:
  • 56 g
  • 86%
  • Carbs:
  • 17.5g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 54.1 g
  • 108%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 303 mg
  • 101%
  • Sodium:
  • 374 mg
  • 15%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. Arrange celery stalks next to each other in the bottom of a heavy roasting pan.
  3. Place 1 onion quarter, 1 lemon quarter, and 1 sprig rosemary in the cavity of each hen. Rub outside of hens with 1 tablespoon olive oil; sprinkle with salt and lemon pepper. Arrange hens atop celery; sprinkle with tarragon, basil, thyme, and chopped rosemary. Scatter garlic cloves and 1 chopped onion around hens.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Whisk wine, broth, and 3 tablespoons olive oil together in a bowl; pour over hens.
  6. Cook hens until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 50 more minutes, basting every 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Turn off oven and let hens rest in the oven for 10 more minutes.
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  1. 15 Ratings


yum yum yum!!!!!! Kidlets were excited about "tiny chickens" and ate these bad boys up not to mention my mom and my boyfriend!!! very good with lots of fresh flavor!

Excellent and easy!!!

I would not recommend this recipe. It cooked improperly,and due to the celery on the bottom, it braised, rather than cooked-- not something I would normally do to chicken or hens. It didn't spec...

This is absolutely one of the best recipes I have made. I took the celery, juices, garlic, white pepper, and onions and made a sauce for the meat using a blender. I thickened it with flour & but...

Amazing! Made for non traditional thanksgiving, next time will cut the recipe in half, one hen is enough for two people.

This recipe was so good. Love all the herbs, very flavorful. Will definately be making this one again.

Couldn't have been more pleased. I used these for a medieval feast. I marinated each chicken in the olive oil and herbs overnight and they turned out awesome. I substituted Herbes De Provence (s...

So healthy and flavorful did it on grill cooking times differ came out great!

Very good and fairly easy to prepare. Only used one game hen, which fed two of us nicely. The meat was tender, juicy and tasty. My only issue was that the skin didn't crisp up as much as I'd lik...