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Cornish Game Hen with Whiskey and Cream Sauce

Course Poultry
Cuisine American
Keyword cornish game hen, cornish hen, cornish hen recipe, cream, poultry,, sauce, whiskey, whiskey sauce
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Calories 706 kcal


  • 2 Cornish hen 2 large Cornish hen
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots 2 mediun finely sliced shallots
  • cup whiskey 1/4 to 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup heavy cream 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Herbs de Province a big pinch of herbs of Provence



  1. Preheat the oven at 450º and position the rack in the middle of the oven.

  2. Place a hen, breast side down on a cutting board. Remove the backbone by cutting along both sides with shears or a large sharp knife.

  3. Flip the hen and flatten it by pressing down on the breastbone with your palm. Split the hen in two along the breastbone. Repeat with the remaining hen.

  4. Place on a heavy roasting pan and spread on each half, ¼ of a teaspoon of butter, Herbs de Provence, salt and pepper, and a drop of olive oil. Place in the hot oven and cook for 30 to 45 minutes. Poke the hen while cooking to release any juices.

  5. When done, remove from the oven, place the hen in a dish and cover with aluminum foil and let rest.


  1. Place the unwashed cooking pan over the stove and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and let it melt. Lower the heat and add the whiskey, very slowly. With a wooden spoon scrape up any bit on the pan.

  2. Add the shallots and cook until tender, 1 minute. Add the Worcestershire sauce, mustard and raise the heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil stirring constantly

  3. Add the heavy cream and the lemon juice. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper.

  4. Serve hot over the Cornish hen.

Nutrition Facts
Cornish Game Hen with Whiskey and Cream Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 706 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Fat 54g83%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Cholesterol 298mg99%
Sodium 207mg9%
Potassium 565mg16%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 1030IU21%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.