Cornish hens are a great alternative to chicken. Smaller in size than his counterpart, the chicken.

Always testy and 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. 

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cornish hen with wild rice

You never know when your friends stop by and an impromptu dinner will unfold.

What is a cornish hen or cornish game hen?

A rock cornish game hen, or simply called a cornish game hen, looks like a miniature chicken. Petite in size with a very tender texture of meat and flavor.

Less fatty as well thus if substituting with a chicken, keep that in consideration and season with less oil or butter.

They must weigh between 1 and 2 pounds.

What to serve with the game 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. 

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
Cornish hens are a great alternative to chicken.  Smaller in size than his counterpart, the chicken.


  • 4 Cornish hen
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced lemon
  • 2 garlic, peeled
  • fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup 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: 967kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 78g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 455mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 1185mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 498IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 4mg

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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