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Baked Cornish Game Hens Recipe
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Baked Cornish Game Hens

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"Cornish game hens stuffed with a vegetable mixture, then roasted. A Cornish game hen recipe that I found and tweaked a bit for the taste and size of our small family, but it would be very easy to adjust it to fit your needs. It goes well with oven-roasted potatoes."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 30 mins

    2 hrs


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. In a small bowl combine the 1/2 cup melted butter, onion, celery, bell pepper, mushrooms, garlic, basil, oregano and parsley.
  3. Season hens inside and out with salt and pepper to taste, then stuff with equal amounts butter/vegetable mixture. Place stuffed birds in a 9x13 inch baking dish, breast side up. Drizzle with 1/4 cup melted butter.
  4. Cover dish and bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours. Remove cover and brown at 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 03, 2004

I have baked a lot of Cornish hens in my lifetime, but have only stuffed them with a rice mixture. This was very good and a nice change. For the reviewer that had a problem with it being dry, I just cooked it like I always do. I oil the hens, season them, then make a basting sauce of 1/4 cup of oil, 1/4 cup of sherry, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, garlic powder and other favorite seasonings, and cook the bird uncovered, basting every 15 - 20 minutes. I usually cook the hen at 350F for 1 hour and 20 minutes, then turn off the oven and let them sit in the oven to 'rest' about 10 minutes, basting one last time after the oven is turned off. Thanks Janet for a new variation!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 23, 2003

Mine came out dry, but the flavor was good

Jun 23, 2003

Very nice little recipe. Easy, even for someone who has never cooked hens before. I omitted the green pepper, and doubled the garlic since we have a small garlic addiction issue. Also, I added raisins and even my anti fruit husband loved it. Will make this again.

Nov 06, 2007

I changed this recipe a lot. I stuffed the cavity with 3types of wintersquas includingzuchini. I alsoadded 4 chopped ed potatoes. I drizzled the inside and outside of my poultry with olive oil intead of butter. I seasoned my meat withpoulty seasoning, the basil mixture an walla , whatta dish. i will post the picture you judge for yourself. easy and delicious.

Jun 23, 2003

I had never stuffed a bird before this recipe! Really easy and it tasted GREAT! I will be sure to make this one again!

Jun 23, 2003

This was a terrific and easy recipe. I made it for my wife for Valentines Day. I highly recommend it for guys wanting to impress. Also goes great with oven roasted potatoes suggested the author.

Nov 24, 2003

This was only my second attempt at cooking. I just followed the directions word-for-word, and it turned out just as promised. An excellent dish! And my wife liked it too.

Jun 23, 2003

This recipe was perfect for my husband and I. He loved it. I will definatly be making this one again!


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  • Calories
  • 476 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4.5 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 167 mg
  • 56%
  • Fat
  • 45.2 g
  • 70%
  • Fiber
  • 1.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 14.3 g
  • 29%
  • Sodium
  • 421 mg
  • 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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