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Roasted Cornish Hens

  • Author: The Kitchen Whisperer

Cornish hens are so versatile and utterly delicious. These The Ultimate Roasted Cornish Game Hens can easily take on your favorite whole chicken recipe in a fraction of the time. Perfect for that WOW factor at a dinner party!

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Ingredients

  • 6 Rock Cornish Hens, thawed (~1.4 lb each) *See note
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 Tbl fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 Tbl Kosher salt
  • 1 Tbl fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450F. Remove birds from wrapping, remove gizzards (inside stuff) and pat dry inside and out. Place a cooling rack on a baking pan. Place them breast-side up on the cooling rack inside of the pan.
  2. In a bowl combine the butter, garlic, rosemary, thyme to make a soft, but spreadable herbed butter. Carefully separate the skin from the breast. Spread about 2 Tbl of the butter between the skin and breast of each bird. Smooth skin back down to cover the meat. Rub the olive oil all over the birds and sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  3. Roast at 450F for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, reduce heat to 350F and continue roasting about 40 more minutes or when the thickest part of the meat reaches 165F. Baste occasionally with pan juices. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  4. Serve with Hasselback Potatoes and Crispy Baked Fries.

Notes

If your hens are larger than 1.4 lbs each you’ll want to increase the cooking time when the temperature is reduced to 350F to about 50-60 minutes.

The most important thing is to check the temp!

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