Herb-Roasted Cornish Hens

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  • Published Mar 25th
  • Ready In1h 45m
  • Servings4
  • Calories814
Roasted with lemon, garlic, onion and a medley of fresh herbs, this is sure to please anytime or for special occasions.

Herb-Roasted Cornish Hens Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Herb-Roasted Cornish Hens for 4 servings:

  • 5 stalks celery
  • 1 large onion, quartered - divided
  • 1 lemon, quartered - divided
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, divided
  • 4 Cornish game hens
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pinch lemon pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves removed and chopped
  • 1 head garlic, peeled
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Herb-Roasted Cornish Hens Cooking Instructions

  • Prep20m
  • Cook1h 15m
  • Ready In1h 45m

To cook Herb-Roasted Cornish Hens, you need about 20 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Herb-Roasted Cornish Hens is about 1 hour 15 minutes , and you can serve your Herb-Roasted Cornish Hens within 1 hour 45 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Herb-Roasted Cornish Hens easily:

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. 2 Arrange celery stalks next to each other in the bottom of a heavy roasting pan.
  3. 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. 4 Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. 5 Whisk wine, broth, and 3 tablespoons olive oil together in a bowl; pour over hens.
  6. 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.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 814 calories; 56 grams of fat; 17.5 grams of carbohydrates; 54.1 grams of protein; 303 milligrams of cholesterol; 374 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Mar 30th 2015

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

  2. Dec 24th 2014

    Very YummyYummy! Had to adjust the cooking time kus I only made 2 hens. I used only Thyme for the herb and stuffed some of it in the cavities along with the lemon and onion. Very Good!

  3. Mar 30th 2014

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

  4. Feb 13th 2014

    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 ...

  5. Dec 28th 2013

    Wasn't sure why I lined the dish with celery but the hens turned out great!!!!!!

  6. Nov 20th 2013

    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 & ...

  7. Jun 28th 2013

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

  8. Apr 28th 2013

    Excellent and easy!!!

  9. Mar 17th 2013

    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!