Cornish Hen Recipes

Cornish game hens are a great alternative meat for small Thanksgiving meals, or for any occasion. Get step-by-step recipes for baking these young chickens.

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Seasoned Cornish Hens

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My father taught me how to make this quick and easy dinner for four. We usually eat this dish with rice and steamed green beans. Note: You can get the oyster sauce in this recipe at your local grocery store in the Asian food department.

Honey-Poppy Seed Cornish Hens

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This is a delicious dish that serves well with curried vegetables.

Cornish Game Hens Ricardo

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There is no question in my mind, marinating for at least 24 hours makes a barbeque! I don't cook chicken until it's bone dry! Marinating makes the flavor.

Cornish Hens with Coffee Liqueur Sauce

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This has become a favorite around our house.

Lemon Leek Roasted Cornish Hens

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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.

Grilled Cornish Game Hens

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This recipe is great for summertime grilling. Game hens will melt in your mouth.

Game Hens Southwestern-Style

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'Game' is a term applied to wild animals or birds that are deemed suitable for human consumption, or EDIBLE! Young game hens are the best for this delicious lime basted and Southwestern salsafied dish. Get yer spurs on and dig in!

Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary

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Crusty garlic bread and a nice light Chianti wine complement this meal very well.

Plum-Glazed Cornish Game Hens

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These plum jam-glazed Cornish game hens are fall-off-the-bone yumminess! I use homemade sand plum jelly for the glaze.

Baked Cornish Game Hens

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Cornish game hens stuffed with a vegetable mixture, then roasted. A Cornish game hen recipe that I found and tweaked a bit for the taste and size of our small family, but it would be very easy to adjust it to fit your needs. It goes well with oven-roasted potatoes.

Cornish Hens the Easy Way

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This recipe is so simple, and it adds a little zest to your Cornish Hens.

Easy Cornish Hens

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Cornish hens with herbs cooked in the slow cooker are very juicy and the meat falls off the bone.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chef John's Cranberry-Stuffed Game Hens

"Impressive-looking and delicious! My first time preparing a Cornish game hen, and it was not difficult." – mags

Cornish Game Hens with Rosemary

"This recipe is incredible. I ate my hen with my hands, hot from the oven, juices running down my fingers like I was in Game of Thrones." – becca11bear

Chef John's Grilled Game Hens

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The idea for these grilled game hens is borrowed from my highly successful Cornell chicken experiments, and uses a similar acid/salt/oil/egg concoction. This time the part of egg is played by mayo. Needless to say, you can season this a million ways and use any combination of hot chilies, but the little kick the habanero adds is really nice.