Cornish Game Hens

This weekend I tried my first ever Cornish game hens! I wanted to do a simple recipe for my first time cooking these and I found a great, simple one on I was surprised by how easy this was. Just pop in the oven and it pretty much takes care of itself.

I served it along with Roasted Carrots from Voracious Vander and Cheesy Broccoli Orzo from Iowa Girl Eats. 

This was enjoyable and super easy for a Cornish Game Hen first timer. Next time, I want to try rubbing the seasoning and oil underneath the skin, instead of over it - something I meant to do, but forgot!
I feel I should note: I only ate half of this:)

Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary
Modified from Original Recipe on

2 Cornish game hens
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Onion sliced into 4 or 5 pieces
2 sprigs fresh rosemary or 1 tsp. dried
2 tablespoons olive oil
12 cloves garlic
1/3 cup white wine
1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
Fresh rosemary, for garnish

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. Rub hens with 1/2 - 1 Tablespoon of the olive oil. Lightly season hens with salt and pepper. Place 1/2 onion, 2 garlic cloves and 1 sprig rosemary in cavity of each hen, or sprinkled generously with dried rosemary. Arrange in a large, heavy roasting pan, and arrange garlic cloves around hens. Pour some chicken broth in the pan so the garlic doesn't burn. Roast in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a mixing bowl, whisk together wine, chicken broth, and remaining 1 1/2-2 Tablespoons of oil; pour over hens. Continue roasting about 30-45 minutes longer, or until hens are golden brown and juices run clear. Baste with pan juices every 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer hens to a platter, pouring any cavity juices into the roasting pan. Tent hens with aluminum foil to keep warm. Transfer pan juices and garlic cloves to a medium saucepan and boil until liquids reduce to a sauce consistency, about 6 minutes. Cut hens in half lengthwise and arrange on plates. Spoon sauce and garlic around hens. Garnish with rosemary sprigs, and serve. (I didn't do this, but it sounds good)

Have you ever made cornish game hens before? Any special secrets or techniques you can share?


  1. I love Cornish game hens! So tasty. I'll have to try that recipe. And maybe use these to work up to my goal of roasting a whole chicken??

    1. Karen - i have the same goal. I've never roasted a whole...anything! Not a pork roast, not a ham, not a turkey, not a chicken. But after success with these little guys, I think I'm ready to move up to a whole chicken!

  2. This looks delicious! I have always wanted to try one.

    1. I was surprised by how easy it ended up being. I def. recommend starting out with these. Next - i move up to a whole roast chicken!

  3. I've always wanted to try to make these, but have been too scared! I might just have to give it a try sometime.

    1. yea it really was much easier than I anticipated. Make sure you take the gizzard and stuff out of the cavity before cooking!

  4. That looks delicoius! I definitely want to try the broccoli side dish sometime soon!

  5. my mom used to make cornish game hens when we were younger and i haven't had them in a bit, but i need to buy them soon thanks for reminding me! this recipe looks delicious

  6. I've never made these myself, but my mom has and they're delicious! Might have to give this a try!


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