Pace the hens in a roasting pan and transfer to the oven. Roast hens until cooked through and thickest part of the thigh registers 180 degrees, about 45 minutes. Garnish with thyme sprigs, and serve with lemon wedges. Always use a cooking thermometer when cooking Cornish hens. Since it’s a smaller bird cooked at high heat, it can easily overcook – just like regular chicken.

In this recipe, you only need to cook the Cornish Hen along with mixed vegetables for about 50 minutes at 450°F. I love creating and downsizing recipes for two. If you are using a full size potato, cut it into large bite size cubes. You can add a little spice by adding some cayenne pepper, if you like some heat. Plus you only have one pot to wash up afterwards.

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They need less food and less space. They also tend to breed much faster, producing far more offspring. It’s not for nothing that rodents like mice and rats and birds like pigeons and sparrows have colonized most of the planet.

Broil for last 2-3 minutes for a nice golden brown on the skin of the Cornish Hens. I’ve made stuffed Cornish hens before but this time around I decided to go an even easier route and make the entire meal on a sheet pan. Has to be one of the most striking photo essays I’ve seen in a long while 🙂 love them all!

  • These scent accumulated juices that you can add to the pan sauce for a little extra flavor.
  • Peel four whole cloves of garlic and cut a lemon in quarters.
  • Air Fryer Cornish Game Hen meat is so moist and juicy.

If it was bland, it sounds like not enough salt was used. I try to keep my recipes at a moderate level since it’s so subjective, but next time you can bump it up. Poultry seasoning is a great idea too. Thank you for your tips on how to make the recipe gluten free!

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It is the best chicken I have ever tasted. Even the cold leftovers taste amazing and the juiciest I’ve ever had. Hi Deedra, thank you for thinking of us. Here is more information on our policy for using our photos and recipes. Hi Victoria, you could just use more of the carrots and potatoes if you prefer not to use Brussels sprouts.

Sheet Pan Cornish Game Hens

I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha’s Kitchen . My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Spread 2/3 of mixture under the chicken skin and and dot/spread remaining butter all over chicken.

I think these small hens are just perfect to serve for a gourmet dinner, or even a holiday dinner. But they are also simple enough to have on your family dinner table too. If you need a bigger meal, you can make Air Fryer Whole Chicken too. If you Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie – Cooking Games are not familiar with Cornish game hens they are basically small chickens. They are a cross between the Cornish Hen and White Plymouth Rock breed of chicken. I used to make cornish hens all the time.