Cornish Hens with Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce

A perfect special-event dinner that is sure to impress!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
33 mins
Total Time:
48 mins
2 servings


  • 2 Cornish game hens

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary

  • kitchen twine


  • ½ cup seedless strawberry jam

  • 1 tablespoon white wine (such as Pacific Rim Dry Riesling)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons balsamic vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 dried Thai chile pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Set a metal rack over a baking sheet.

  2. Rub Cornish hens with olive oil; season inside and out with salt and pepper. Place 1 sprig rosemary in the cavity of each hen. Tie legs together with kitchen twine. Place hens breast side-up on the rack.

  3. Roast hens in the preheated oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thigh, near the bone, reads 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), 25 to 35 minutes.

  4. Combine strawberry jam, white wine, balsamic vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir until jam starts to melt, about 3 minutes. Add Thai chile pepper; let steep for 5 minutes.

  5. Remove sauce from heat and discard pepper. Serve alongside Cornish hens.

Cook's Note:

Add 1/2 cup finely chopped shallot, 1 1/2 teaspoon minced rosemary, and 1 chopped strawberry to the sauce if you would like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

941 Calories
56g Fat
56g Carbs
51g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 941
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 56g 71%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 302mg 101%
Sodium 518mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 52g
Protein 51g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 580mg 12%

* 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.