Cornish hen are a great alternative to chicken.  Smaller in size from his counterpart the chicken. Always testy and furthermore faster to cook.

Always available at our local grocery store, I just could not pass up the opportunity to purchase them. Truth to be known, I always have a couple in the freezer. You never know when your friends stop by and an impromptu dinner will unfold.

Cornish hen, to me, almost always calls for  wild rice. However, a nice crisp salad or any roasted vegetables. Gratins of potatoes or roasted potatoes are perfect as well.

The recipe that I am sharing with you, created itself as I was preparing it.  The result was pure and simple, and absolutely  delicious.  Most of all my 8 years old ate 3/4 of the Cornish hen, so that should tell you something.


Cornish Hen - A great tasty dinner

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cornish hen
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 Cornish hen 4 Cornish hen
  • 2 lemons 2 whole thinly sliced lemons
  • 2 garlic 2 peeled garlic cloves
  • rosemary springs fresh rosemary
  • 1 white wine 1 glass white wine


  • Preheat the oven to 375º.
  • Clean the Cornish hens and pat dry. Place in an ovenproof baking dish. In the cavity of each Cornish hen generously sprinkle salt and pepper. Add as many garlic cloves as desired, 2 slices of the lemon slices, and fresh rosemary. On the outside brush some of the olive oil on the skin. Sprinkle generously with salt and some pepper.
  • Add the chicken broth and the wine to the baking dish. Any remaining sliced of lemon and more garlic cloves if wish around the Cornish hens.
  • Place the baking dish in the hot oven and cook for 45 minutes or until no more juices are running from the chicken.


Calories: 1071kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 77g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 454mg | Sodium: 285mg | Potassium: 1269mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 485IU | Vitamin C: 31.4mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 4.3mg

Giangi's Kitchen provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as a registered dietician does not calculate them.

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