Easy Cornish Hen Recipe (1 hen)?

Hi, does anyone have a very easy and delicious recipe for baked Cornish Hen? (or stove top)?

I have one small one, frozen solid, would like to cook for Christmas for myself.

Thank you.



5 Answers

  • 6 years ago
    Best Answer

    Here goes - I cook for maximum flavor and enjoyment. Since you are only cooking for yourself spend a little extra time preparing a lovely meal. Put your frozen hen in the refrigerator to defrost. Do it today. Monday - Dice 1 onion and 1 rib celery,. Smash and mince 1 clove garlic. Core and mince 1 jalapeno - use 1 tsp. 1 tbsp. minced bell pepper. Reconstitute 4 dried shitake mushrooms in a glass microwave proof container with 1 cup dry white wine. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.

    Remove the wrapping from your hen.. Check both boy and neck cavity for hiblets. If you have giblets Boil in a small saucepan with 1 cup water for 10 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a paper coffee filter. Reserve liquid. Mince giblets.

    Wash your hen inside and out with cod water then pat dry - inside and out.

    Line your sieve with a fresh coffee filter and strain shitake mushrooms. Reserve liquid. Gently squeeze the mushrooms then pat dry. Mince 2 of the mushrooms.

    Season your hen inside and out with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Thinly slice the 2 remaining mushrooms. Gently loosen the skin from the breast and thigh of the hen. Use your fingers. work slowly to avoid tearing the skin. Tuck the mushroom slices , some crumbled feta or gorgonzola cheese and 4 to 6 thin slices of butter. Mix all of your savories, the 2 minced mushrooms and the minced gibbets together. Stuff the body and neck cavity with the mixture.

    Heat your oven to 350 degrees

    Put your hen on a rack in a roasting pan. Put it beast side down and put a foil tent over the back. Surround your bird with a veggie medley. carrots, onions, parsnips, celery, potatoes, broccoli - whatever you like. Season the veggies first with sea salt and fresh ground pepper, zest of a small lemon an a liberal coating of olive oil. Put the reserved mushroom and giblet liquid in the pan. Cornish hens are available in different sizes so read the package to get cooking time. Remove the foil 1/2 way through the cooking time. Baste with liquid every 10 minutes. Even a large Cornish hen will be don after 45 minutes. don't over cook. When the legs move freely and the liquid from the hen is clear it is done.

    enjoy and Merry Christmas

  • 6 years ago

    This is super easy and super good! This recipe will work great for a roasted chicken, too, but the cooking times will be different, obviously.


    Glaze ingredients (this is enough to baste 2 hens):

    ~ 1 T. butter, melted

    ~ 2 tsp. orange zest

    ~ 1 T. orange juice

    ~ 1/4 c. pure maple syrup (maple flavored pancake syrup will work in a pinch)

    ~ 1 tsp. Dijon mustard

    ~~~ Keep this on the top of the stove in a small glass bowl. The heat from the oven will keep the butter melted.

    Thaw the hen. Place it in a shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Baste with the above mixture.

    Bake at 350°F. for about 1 hour, basting every 20 minutes.

    Check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer before serving.

  • 6 years ago

    Thaw the Cornish Hen in the fridge about a day and a half in advance.

    Prepare a small to medium shallow roasting pan or skillet; smear the insides with butter.

    Prep your veggies;

    1 small to medium onion, cut into fourths

    1 rib of celery, trimmed and cut into 1-inch chunks

    1 small to medium potato, cut into fourths

    1 - 2 carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks

    2 button mushrooms, thick sliced

    1 garlic head, top sliced off; (dot with pat of butter)

    1 - 2 bay leaves

    2 rosemary sprigs

    Place all the chopped veggies into the roasting pan. Press the garlic head down into the veggies away from the hen.

    Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.

    Sprinkle the Cornish hen all over with Poultry Seasoning or Lemon Pepper.

    If you have on hand a lime or lemon, or orange, cut in half and stuff inside the hen. If using an orange, take half of the orange and cut it in half and stuff the hen with that.

    Cut the tips off of the rosemary stems and stuff those inside the cavity also. The remaining stems can go into the roasting pan with the veggies.

    Place the hen on the bed of veggies.

    Place in a preheated 425 degree oven and roast for 15 - 20 minutes, then lower the heat to 350 degrees. Roast until the hen reaches a temperature of 165 degrees. Or when you pierce the thigh and the juices run clear.

    This is a very easy whole meal in one dish.


  • Anonymous
    6 years ago


    4 Cornish game hens

    2 limes, halved

    2 teaspoons olive oil

    1/4 teaspoon chili powder

    1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

    kosher salt to taste

    ground black pepper to taste


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

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

    Roast hens 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and continue roasting 30 minutes, or to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F (80 degrees C).

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  • 6 years ago

    Thaw and stuff that sucker with Portabella Mushrooms. You want really tasty? Boil Sage, Bay Leaf and Black Pepper, 2 T salt for each bird. Marinate for two days. Then stuff with shrooms. Used to cook for myself. Dad was a Chef.

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