I have ten Cornish hens to cook. I need Tasty Ideas?

I went and picked up 10 cornish hens that have been in the freezer since thanksgiving, I haven't fixed them yet because I want to do something fancy with them. I want to give them a good taste I know about some of the certain seosoning to put on them but I just want to try something different. Any Ideas? I woulndn't mind doing the jamacain jerk or something. Trust me if you have good ideas I will probaly try all of them. Thanx. and God bless.

6 Answers

  • drysac
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    First of all, i'm not a chef so i'm pretty bad at saying you need a teaspoon or this or a tablespoon at that. I go off of sight, feel and taste...but I make an awesome hen. I lost a bet and had to cook for 12 heavy eaters. I used an oven, a propane grill, and one of those "set it, and forget it" rotisserie items.

    Basically, mix in butter, ketchup, bbq sauce, and brown sugar. Mix all ingredients until you have a slightly sweet taste and a little thick...about the same consistency as ketchup. Do forget to use a fork and get those sugar clumps out. Sometimes, I make garlic butter and smear it between the skin and the meat, and stuff it with cilantro (which i discard afterwards).

    Liberally, coat the inside once with the mixture. Brush the outside lightly every so often while cooking (just like a turkey). If you think you accidentally overcooked the hens, then use an injector (with a fairly thick needle) and inject the breast with italian dressing. Not only will it moisten up the meat, but will give it a nice sweet (from the brown sugar mixture) and slightly tart, but not overpowering taste.

  • 5 years ago

    This is so simple... I use this when I roast a whole chicken, but will probably work for cornish hens as well. Water and maple syrup. Put a little water in the bottom of the pan and squeeze maple syrup on top of the hens. Baste every once and a while during the cooking process. If you want more syrup for dipping, just add more as it evaporates. A stove top stuffing and your fav veg or salad, and you're good to go. enjoy... don't forget the candles!

  • 1 decade ago

    make a stuffing made with cranberries... then treat the hens the opposite of a turkey! All Thanksgiving I kept soothing people, by telling them that it's just an overgrown chicken. Cook like a chicken and they would be fine... So I'll tell you... it's just like an UNDERsized chicken... just stuff with as much of the stuffing as possible then put into a pot of tin foil and gather it up and cook... obviously must less time... and when it's done... you have hen!

    Source(s): I've never had a problem cooking hen.. except to wish that it was a chicken... more bird meat to eat!
  • *COCO*
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago



    12 tbsp. vegetable oil

    6 lg. Cornish hens, halved

    Salt to taste & freshly ground pepper

    4 tsp. cinnamon

    4 c. yellow onions, chopped

    1 tsp. cloves

    3 c. canned plum tomatoes, diced with juice reserved

    3 1/2 c. dried apricots, soaked in hot water for 1 hour

    2 c. chicken stock or water

    1/3 c. brown sugar

    Melt 6 tablespoons of chicken fat or oil in a large pan or skillet. Sprinkle the hens with salt, pepper and one teaspoon of the cinnamon. In another large pan, add the remaining chicken fat or oil and the onions, and cook over low heat for 5 minutes or until the onions are transparent. Add the remaining 3 teaspoons of cinnamon and the cloves and cook for about 3 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Coarsely chop half of the soaked apricots and set aside. Add about 1/2 cup of reserved tomato liquid to the remaining half of the soaked apricots and puree in a processor or blender. Take the pureed apricots, the chopped tomatoes, one cup of the chicken stock and add them to the onion mixture. Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Puree 2 cups of the onion mixture. Return to pan; add the chopped apricots, brown sugar and chicken stock and enough liquid to make a medium thick sauce. In a casserole large enough to hold the meat in one layer, place half the sauce. Add the hens and cover with the remaining sauce. Bake covered in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until done. Yield: 12 servings.

    Apricots are so delicious, especially when they are combined with Cornish hens.

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  • Deedee
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I like to inject mine with Zesty Italian salad dressing, and rub it on the outside, then I make a wild rice stuffing and use that. If you want, you can cook them in cooking bag and they will stay really moist. You can check out others on allrecipes.com Enjoy!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    deep fried are the best. use peanut oil. get yourself a deep stainless steel pan . use the store seasoning made for cornish only. you are all set, oh yeah beer to go with it. specially budlight.

    Source(s): mexican
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