Cornish Game Hens with Herbs

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 15m
Ready In

"Very nice dinner party for 8, yummy with rice pilaf and a spinach salad (or adjust it for one or two hens)"

Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (910.6 g)
  • Calories 727.6
  • Total Fat - 21.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 431.3 mg
  • Sodium - 963.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 45.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 12.7 g
  • Sugars - 11.2 g
  • Protein - 98 g
  • Calcium - 212.8 mg
  • Iron - 7.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 231.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.6 mg

Step 1

Place 2 whole garlic cloves and 2 lemon wedges in each hen.

Step 2

In a small bowl, combine oil,smashed garlic, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme, salt and pepper.

Step 3

Gently separate skin from breast and thigh of each hen and rub meat with herb mixture.

Step 4

Rub any extra over skin.

Step 5

Arrange birds on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

Step 6

Roast birds in a preheated 400°F oven for 45 minutes or until well browned and cooked through.

Step 7

Baste occasionally.

Step 8

Place birds on a platter and transfer pan juices to measuring cup.

Step 9

To make sauce, remove fat from pan juices.

Step 10

Place juices in a saucepan with stock, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a boil.

Step 11

Cook a few minutes.

Step 12

In a small bowl, combine flour and margarine.

Step 13

Stir into sauce and cook until just slightly thickened.

Step 14

Adjust seasonings.

Step 15

Serve hens with sauce on the side.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



I wanted Cornish hens, but the store was sold out. I used a whole chicken, but did everything exactly as written except I had to roast it for almost 3 hours since it was bigger. This was amazing! I was skeptical of the sauce, but boy am I glad I didn't skip it! It definitely adds something to the flavour that takes it over the top. I can't wait to do it again with the proper birds, because this is definitely now part of our rotation. In case anyone is wondering, I asked for corrected nutrition information on this almost two years ago and never got it. This is what the USDA says it really has: Serving Size: 212g Calories: 318 Calories from fat: 194 Total Fat: 21.5g Saturated Fat: 5.4g Trans Fat: 0.0g Cholesterol: 115mg Sodium: 838mg Potassium: 145mg Total Carbohydrates: 8.0g Dietary Fiber: 1.5g Sugars: 1.4g Protein: 21.5g

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(25 Dec 2014)