Cornish Hens the Easy Way


This Cornish hen recipe is simple and adds a little zest to your Cornish hens.

close up view of a roasted cornish hen, served with white rice, asparagus, and sauce in a small bowl, on top of a white plate
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
4 cornish hens


  • 4 Cornish game hens

  • 2 limes, halved

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  2. Rub each hen with a lime half. Drizzle with olive oil, then season with chili powder, cumin, kosher salt, and black pepper. Place hens on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.

  3. Roast hens in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.

  4. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  5. Continue roasting until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 30 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 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)

332 Calories
24g Fat
4g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 332
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 151mg 50%
Sodium 557mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 11mg 53%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 325mg 7%

* 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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