Roasted Cornish Hens Recipe

Cornish Hens Recipe 



(2) Cornish Hens 

1 Medium Potato, chopped

2 Medium Carrots, chopped

1 Small Onion, chopped

1 Stalk Celery, chopped

1 Tbs Vegetable Oil

2 Tbs Butter

4 Tbs Cornstarch

2-1/2 Cups Chicken Broth

1/4 Cups Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Chicken Flavor Bouillon Cubes

2 Tsp Italian Seasoning

2 Tsp Paprika

1-1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder

1-1/2 Tsp Onion Powder

1 Tsp Salt

1 Tsp Black Pepper


cornish hens



    1. Rinse hens with salt and water. Remove package of giblets from cavity and any excess fat.

    2. Chop your vegetables into small size pieces.

    cornish hens recipe

    3. Combine butter and oil, then melt in microwave. Afterwards, add vinegar, then stir in well.

    cornish hens recipe

    4. Combine broth and cornstarch, then stir in well. This is what’s going to create a nice gravy for our hens. This step is optional though… you don’t have to add the slurry for gravy. If you decide not to make a gravy with this dish, just add a 1/3 cup of broth to the baking dish.

    cornish hens recipe

    5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

    6. Add chopped vegetables, giblets, and bouillon cubes to baking dish.

    cornish hens recipe

    7. Add cornish hens to the bed of vegetables.

    8. Rub the melted butter mixture and seasonings onto each side of the hens. You can use margarine by the way if that’s all you have but butter is recommended.

    cornish hens recipe

    9. Pour the slurry into the baking dish.

    cornish hens recipe

    10. Place in oven and bake until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Stick thermometer into thickest part of the hens to test doneness. Make sure the thermometer doesn’t touch the bone in the hens to get an accurate reading. I always let my hens cook for 2 hours though.

    11. Base the hens 1 to 2 times during cooking time. Basing the hens just helps to brown the skin and give it that nice golden brown color. Enjoy!

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    2 thoughts on “Roasted Cornish Hens Recipe”

    • I prepared this dish and it was delicious!!! I love cornish hens and prepare them often, especially at Thanksgiving. I had one cornish hen left over and decided to use this recipe instead of my usual method. I washed and seasoned up my cornish hen (storing it in a plastic Ziploc bag in the fridge) 24 hours before I baked it — renders a more flavorful bird.

      Here’s my review of this recipe:

      The seasonings gave the cornish hens the perfect flavor and the vegetables added a lot of substance and texture. The apple cidar vinegar gave it a very interesting flavor. I ladled the vegetables and gravy onto a bed of Uncle Ben’s Original Long Grain Wild Rice! Uuummmmph! [in PhillyBoyJay’s voice as I shake my head]. 😀

      Good eats!!!!!!!

      Thanks for sharing it, Jay! 🙂

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