This is a simple and easy recipe for roasted Cornish hens. This changes things up a bit from chicken!



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


  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot and garlic; cook and stir for 30 seconds. Add mushrooms, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and white pepper. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring often, until moisture has evaporated and mushrooms start to brown, about 12 minutes.

  • Stir walnuts and white wine into the skillet. Cook, scraping browned bits off the bottom of the skillet, until wine has evaporated, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Season Cornish hens inside and out with remaining 1 teaspoon salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper. Open cavities gently with your fingers; stuff with mushroom mixture. Pull skin back in place to cover stuffing. Place hens breast side-up in a roasting pan.

  • Roast in the preheated oven, basting once or twice with juices from the pan, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 180 degrees F (82 degrees C), about 45 minutes. Garnish with thyme sprigs.

Cook's Note:

Substitute pine nuts for the walnuts if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

755 calories; 52.2 g total fat; 310 mg cholesterol; 1028 mg sodium. 13.3 g carbohydrates; 57.1 g protein; Full Nutrition