Cornish game hens stuffed with leeks and fresh lemons and baked to a golden finish. This is a delicious and simple recipe for Cornish hens. Serve with couscous and broccoli, if desired.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Place hens in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Stuff each hen with 1 lemon half and 1/4 of the sliced leeks, then sprinkle with seasoning.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F 9175 degrees C) for 1 hour, or until hens are cooked through and juices run clear. Let stand 10 minutes, then remove lemon and leeks.

Nutrition Facts

715.6 calories; protein 59.1g 118% DV; carbohydrates 13.3g 4% DV; fat 47.5g 73% DV; cholesterol 339.4mg 113% DV; sodium 216mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2006
My boyfriend who is a picky eater liked this recipe as did I! I stuffed the cavity with the lemon and leeks per the recipe but I also threw in some minced garlic and poultry seasoning. I also used the poulty seasoning on the outside of the and added some olive oil. Halfway through cooking I milted a teaspoon of butter and gently brushed the top of the cornish hens. I cooked untill the internal temperature reached 180 degrees. The meat was tender and juicy...not to mention elegant. I served with Saffron Rice and Broccoli. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/23/2011
Instead of leeks I stuff mine with rice. Delicious. Read More
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41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2006
My boyfriend who is a picky eater liked this recipe as did I! I stuffed the cavity with the lemon and leeks per the recipe but I also threw in some minced garlic and poultry seasoning. I also used the poulty seasoning on the outside of the and added some olive oil. Halfway through cooking I milted a teaspoon of butter and gently brushed the top of the cornish hens. I cooked untill the internal temperature reached 180 degrees. The meat was tender and juicy...not to mention elegant. I served with Saffron Rice and Broccoli. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2003
This was a great basic recipe! To suit my owns tastes I substituted fines herbes for the poultry seasoning and added a dash of olive oil and some minced garlic. Also rubbing the birds with the herbs enhances the flavor. And brushing the birds with butter during the roasting results in lovely golden skins. And if you're feeding any vegetarians usig the marinade to broil portabellas results in a delicious entree my boyfriend raved over. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2003
This was a great recipe! I followed it exactly and my mother and I both thought that the hens were delicious. Pretty easy considering that I'm not the most advanced cook. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2009
These were great but I did have to add a bit more seasonings to them... In the cavity I salt and peppered and added the poultry seasoning before I put in lemon and leeks. On the outside I rubbed with evoo then the poultry seasonings and sprinkled with garlic powder and dried rosemary... I placed on a bed of lemon and leeks as another reviewer suggested. Even the breast meat was juicy after cooking 1 1/2 hours. The whole family thought they were great and looked elegant!.. Picture was taken before I realized they weren't done enough; I baked another 30 minutes and the skin browned nicely! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2008
I used this recipe and the other reviews as a guideline. I made a herb and garlic infused butter (Rosemary sage thyme and parsley) and coated the cavity before seasoning with salt pepper and stuffing with lemon and leeks. I made a layer of sliced lemon and leeks in the bottom of the pan with what I had left over. I sprinkled the poultry seasoning salt pepper and the zest of one lemon on the outside of the hens and sprinkled with fresh parsley. I basted more of the butter several times during the cook process which was more like an hour and a half. The end result was flavorful moist and fantastic! Will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
Very easy but the lemon and leek flavors were too subtle for me. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/23/2003
Thank you so much! This is a delicious and easy recipe. I added more poultry seasoning so it "coated" both hens. I think the hens I used were on the big side so I cooked them for almost an hour and a half at 350 F. It was a hit with my partner and I will cook it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2003
My boyfriend is mainly a beef eater - but he keeps asking me to make this recipe! Very tasty! I prepared it exactly the way the recipe called for...but will try some of the other suggestions such as rubbing with herbs and butter. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2003
This was perfect for an intimate Christmas dinner! My husband and I had his best friend over and they both devoured the hens. The only thing is that I forgot to get lemons but it still tasted great! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/23/2011
Instead of leeks I stuff mine with rice. Delicious. Read More
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