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How to bake the best Cornish Game Hens

This simple Cornish hen recipe uses rosemary, lemon, garlic and wine.  This lemon rosemary Cornish hen recipe makes lightly seasoned and juicy Cornish hens
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword juicy Cornish hens, lemon rosemary Cornish hen, rosemary Cornish hen, simple Cornish hen recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 568.59kcal
Author Evelyn



  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
  • Rub birds with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Lightly season hens with salt and pepper.
  • Put 2 lemon wedges and 3 sprigs rosemary in the cavity of each bird
  • Place in a heavy roasting pan with garlic cloves around them
  • Roast in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together wine, chicken broth, and remaining 2 tablespoons of oil; pour over birds
  • Using a Baster, baste the hens with pan juices every 10 minutes.
  • Continue roasting about 25 minutes longer, or until birds are golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F, and the juices run clear.
  • Transfer birds to a platter, pouring any cavity juices into the roasting pan.
  • Tent birds 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.
  • Spoon sauce and garlic around birds. Garnish with rosemary sprigs, and serve.


Calories: 568.59kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.85g | Protein: 39.02g | Fat: 42.14g | Saturated Fat: 10.21g | Cholesterol: 227.25mg | Sodium: 210.92mg | Potassium: 591.53mg | Fiber: 0.44g | Sugar: 0.56g | Vitamin A: 243IU | Vitamin C: 10.59mg | Calcium: 33.69mg | Iron: 2mg