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Weekend Recipe: Herb-Roasted Cornish Game Hens Recipe

I am only cooking for three of us this Thanksgiving so you have inspired me with the game hens. Choose sides and sauces that let the delicate flavor of Cornish chicken shine. Consider a simple gravy or sauce, along with roasted vegetables (potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, etc.) or a big helping of mashed potatoes. When ready to serve, remove the lemon, shallots, and herbs from the cavity, then use a sharp knife to cut each hen in half lengthwise.

  • This will help the skin to get crispy all over.
  • Maybe you are wondering how many cornish game hens per person should you serve?
  • Onion and bell pepper, and saute for approximately three minutes.

The butter herb mixture helps to do that! This perfect dinner has a fantastic flavor from the herbs too. Welcome to One Dish Kitchen, I’m Joanie and I’m incredibly happy you’re here! I’m Sandy – foodie with a passion for cooking and sharing my tasty recipes.

How long to cook 2 cornish hens at 350?

Bake for approximately minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F. The cook time may vary a bit depending on the size of your birds. Place the butter, garlic, minced thyme, rosemary and Papa’s Freezeria parsley, and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. The best way to gauge when your Cornish hens are done is to use a meat thermometer.

Cornish hens are smaller than regular chickens and usually only weigh between 2 and 4 pounds. To carve a Cornish hen, start by cutting off the legs. Then, use a sharp knife to remove the breast meat from the bone. Once the breast meat has been removed, you can slice it into thin pieces.

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Chop the vegetables a night in advance and store them separately in airtight containers in the fridge. In a baking pan, place cornish hens breast side up. If desired place potatoes, onions and carrots around hen. Place in preheated oven and turn down to 400° and bake for minutes until golden and a meat thermometer reads 165°.

Serving and Storage Instructions

They have a good amount of plump, meaty breast meat with a thin layer of fatty skin that keeps the meat moist while cooking. Cornish game hen is the smallest of the commercial chicken family at between 1 and 2 pounds and less than five weeks old. The next step up is a broiler-fryer at about seven weeks old and 2.5 to 4.5 pounds. There is a great difference between the two, both in terms of taste and the texture of the meat. While a young broiler is tender, a Cornish game hen is even more so. The seasoning can be doubled to make 2 game hens instead of one and keep the temperature and cooking time the same if the birds are around 2lbs each.

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