Game Hen Stuffed with Wild Rice and Mushrooms


This recipe isn't too difficult, but it looks like an expensive restaurant meal! It is the perfect way to fix up that pheasant, duck or even just a Cornish game hen from your local grocery store. This recipe is made with a Cornish game hen in mind, so if you are using a larger bird, you may want to adjust the amount of the ingredients.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
2 servings


  • ½ cup uncooked wild rice

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 10 fresh mushrooms, sliced

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 Cornish game hen, thawed

  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon dried crushed rosemary

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Bring the rice, a pinch of salt, and water to a boil in a saucepan with a lid. Reduce the heat, cover with a lid, and simmer the wild rice until the kernels burst open, 45 to 50 minutes. Replenish the water if necessary. Fluff the rice with a fork, and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes to absorb water.

  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease a baking dish large enough to hold the game hen.

  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet, and cook and stir the mushrooms over medium heat until they are partially cooked and starting to give their juice, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir the mushrooms and butter into the cooked rice.

  4. Sprinkle the game hen, inside and out, with poultry seasoning, rosemary, and salt and pepper. Lightly stuff the Cornish hen with the wild rice mixture, and tie the legs together with cooking twine to hold in the stuffing. Slice 2 tablespoons of butter into small pats, and dot them around the bird.

  5. Bake the bird in the preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 40 to 50 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Remove the game hen from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area for 10 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

522 Calories
34g Fat
34g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 522
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 18g 89%
Cholesterol 136mg 45%
Sodium 214mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 622mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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