Cornish Game Hen Recipes

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June 8, 2019

Cuban Cornish Game Hens on plateThis is a nice twist on roasted hens featuring lovely flavours from Cuba! The hens will sit in the marinade for about 4 hours, infusing the awesome spices and making the meat super tender. Baking them on a bed of sliced onions also provides great flavour, and makes a great onion topping once finished. I love these hens alongside roasted veggies and rice. Enjoy!


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes plus marinating time

Yield: 2 large servings


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • juice of 3 large lemons
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 Tbsp chopped cilantro for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, add olive oil and minced garlic. Use a fork to crush garlic to permeate the oil with its juices.
  2. garlic in olive oil
  3. Mix in oregano, cumin, and 1 teaspoon salt. Squeeze in the juice of 3 lemons.
  4. cutting lemon for marinade

  5. Place hens inside a big resealable plastic bag, then pour in the marinade. Get all the air out and seal it. Allow to marinate for at least 4 hours.
  6. Plastic bag with Game Hens & marinade
  7. Preheat oven to 425 F. Grease a baking sheet and add sliced onions. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  8. sliced onions on baking pan
  9. Place hens on top of the bed of onions and sprinkle with some pepper. Roast in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 F, then roast an additional 20 to 30 minutes, until internal temperature registers at 165 F.
  10. roasted Game Hens on onions in pan

  11. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up roasted onions and place on top of hens. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
  12. roasted Game Hens on onions in pan
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February 14, 2019

I love serving Cornish game hens because each person can have their own, with all the cuts. The meat and veggies are all cooked in the same pan and lend flavours to each other.


The wild rice is boosted by the great texture of almonds and walnuts, while sweetened and softened by chopped dates. I consider this the best date-night meal!

Cornish Game Hens & veggies with Wild Rice

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April 22, 2010

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Rub hens with 1 Tbsp. of the olive oil. Lightly season hens with salt and pepper. Place 1 lemon wedge and 1 sprig of rosemary in cavity of each hen.

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Just 2 ingredients, for some easy, quick 'Chicken' and Stuffing'. Mix contents of stuffing box with amount of water given in directions.


Stuff both hens, should have some left over, spoon into corner of baking pan or put in separate pan.

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October 8, 2012

This is a great recipe for an intimate dinner for two.

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November 26, 2008

Is it feasible to cook one Cornish game hen in a small crock pot? I've decided to be alone with my 4 pups, for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. I'm just not interested in cooking a turkey or chicken either time. Thanks so much.



By jean (Guest Post)
November 26, 20080 found this helpful

Yes, it is feasible. Try googling "crock pot Cornish game hen recipes for one" as your search term. I got a lot of recipes doing this.

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November 26, 20080 found this helpful

I guess it's feasible, but they only take 60 mins. or so to cook in the oven & come out so good--just baste frequently w/butter or oil for a nice crispy skin.


Either way, Happy Thanksgiving!

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November 26, 20080 found this helpful

Pick out a nice big hen.
Cut up about three potatoes and cube them into the pot too.
One small diced onion, and some green pepper if you want it.
Garlic salt, celery salt, and some sage or poultry seasoning to your liking.
One small can of diced tomatoes.
And lastly, three good pats of butter or margarine.
Cook till the taters are done and yummy!!
Here's to hoping alone doesn't mean lonely, cheers!

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November 27, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks so much for the replies! Found several recipes by googling and my hen is cooking nicely.

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By anna (Guest Post)
December 2, 20080 found this helpful

I would do it. Put potatoes onions carrots celery & being a apple person I wold put them in there too.Yum

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February 14, 2018

Preparing Cornish game hens in the oven is simple if you follow the steps in this recipe. Enjoy some for your next special dinner. This is a page about oven baked game hens.

Game Hen

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January 7, 2021

This is a great recipe if you're busy and want a delicious meal with the help of an air fryer. Have a rotisserie cornish hen ready in 35-40 minutes! This is my first time but you can actually fit 2 hens (but I tried 1 to see how it would turn out) and it's a hit!

The Cornish game hen on a foil covered platter.

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January 29, 2020

These sweet and savory cranberry apple Cornish hens are delectable. Serve on a bed of long grain and wild rice. The recipe and ingredients follow.

Cranberry Apple Cornish Hen on plate

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