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Herbed Cornish Hens

Rated as 4.37 out of 5 Stars

"The refreshing sauce Mom makes with thyme, lemon juice and butter gives these hens savory flavor throughout. The seasonings in this recipe also work great on a whole roasted chicken. Either way, the result is a mouth-watering feast. -Maria Costello, Monroe, North Carolina"
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1 h 15 m servings
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Place the hens on a wire rack in a large roasting pan. In a bowl, combine lemon juice, butter, paprika and 1 teaspoon each of thyme, seasoned salt and garlic powder. Pour half over the hens; set the remaining mixture aside for basting. Combine salt, pepper and remaining thyme, seasoned salt and garlic powder; sprinkle over hens. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes. Baste with reserved lemon juice mixture. Bake 30 minutes longer, basting occasionally, or until the meat is tender and juices run clear.


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Most helpful positive review

Too lazy to baste. Used my crock pot. It turned out absolutely awesome. Thank you for sharing.

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pretty good but nothing special

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Too lazy to baste. Used my crock pot. It turned out absolutely awesome. Thank you for sharing.

Very tasty, and easy. I couldn't resist adding some fresh chopped rosemary, crushed garlic and butter under the skins. I also turned the hens on the rack and increased oven temp for a few minu...

This was absolutely wonderful! I used the recipe just as is except I adjusted for 2 hens. I loved it!

Yummo. I didn't find the lemon juice overwhelming at all as others have said. And I'm not big on citrus in my meat. Very easy recipe. Great flavor. For some reason, my roaster pan dries up liqui...

This is excellent, although I added rosemary to the spices. Cooking time at 375 is too short. Need to increase temp or lengthen time.

This was by far one of the best cornish hens I've ever had!! I also added a dash of rosemary and voila!! This dish was delish...Thanks for sharing.

I followed the recipe as written. Meat was very moist with good flavor.

I tried this recipe for a special dinner for my husband and I and we LOVED it! It was so easy and it was so good. I'd definetly make this again.

Gotta give it 4 stars. I changed things & plus I was not overly "wowed" but nonetheless it was still good. I cut down on the lemon (per suggestions and hubby's lack of prefernce for strong lemo...