Cuban Cornish Game Hens

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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. 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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