Garlic & Rosemary Cornish Hens

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 40m
Ready In

"I always think of a Cornish Hen Dinner as something special. This recipe doesn't let you down. Have 4 medium sized rosemary sprigs & 4 small sprigs. The timing is just right for a lovely moist hen. The recipe was originally from Allrecipes adapted by me"

Original recipe yields 4-8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (745.6 g)
  • Calories 693.5
  • Total Fat - 22.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 1360.8 mg
  • Sodium - 475.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 17.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.5 g
  • Sugars - 2.9 g
  • Protein - 102.9 g
  • Calcium - 135.4 mg
  • Iron - 15.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 84.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450f.

Step 2

Rub each hen all over with olive oil (use apprx 1 tablespoon for all 4 hens).

Step 3

Cut one lemon into 4 wedges. Place a wedge of lemon, a medium size sprig of rosemary and 4 cloves of garlic in the cavity of each hen.

Step 4

Season hens with salt & pepper.

Step 5

Place the hens in a large roasting pan and arrange the remaining garlic cloves around them.

Step 6

Roast in pre-heated 450f oven for 25 minutes

Step 7

Reduce heat to 350f.

Step 8

Mix together the wine, broth, and remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Pour over the hens

Step 9

Baste the hens several times with the wine mixture.

Step 10

Continue roasting further 25 minutes or until the hens are golden and juices run clear.

Step 11

Transfer hens to a cutting board and cover with foil to keep warm.

Step 12

Continue boiling the pan juices for apprx. 6 minutes or until they are sauce consistency.

Step 13

Cut the hens in half and arrange on heated plates.

Step 14

Spoon sauce with the garlic cloves over the hens.

Step 15

Cut remaining lemon in slices and place a slice on the plates with the hen.

Step 16

Garnish with a small rosemary sprig and enjoy.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.