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Cornish Hen Soup Recipe

Cornish Hen Soup

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"This is a quick chicken soup for weeknights, but it's good enough to eat anytime. If you prefer chicken noodle soup, add pasta."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 25 mins


  1. Remove the gizzards, and wash the hen thoroughly. Cut hen into several pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a large pot. Add hen pieces, and brown on all sides. Add carrots, celery, onions, garlic, and potatoes; cook until onion is tender.
  3. Pour in chicken broth. Use more or less broth to your taste, but make sure to cover all the ingredients in the pot. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat. Simmer until vegetables are tender and hen is cooked through.
  4. Remove hen from pot, and remove meat from the bones. Discard bones. and return meat to soup. Serve.
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Aug 22, 2011

I bent this recipe a bit to suit my needs and to make a little tastier end product. For a little more flavor, I added more vegetables (little more celery, REALLY BIG onion, some chopped turnip) and more spices (fresh parsley, couple bay leaves, poultry seasoning, fresh ground pepper, little sea salt). I wanted to make this into a rich chicken-ish noodle soup instead of potato soup so I nixed the potatoes, made my own handcut noodles (I used the steps from Great Aunt Nina's Noodles and Chicken recipe, which is also from this site) and cooked them in the broth of the soup after the removing bones step. This turned out a really flavorful soup that was comforting and filling. Cornish hens are almost always inexpensive and turn out some of the best dishes--this soup was no exception. I'll use this recipe again.

Jan 14, 2003

I used rice instead of potatoes but it was very good. I would definately try it again.


18 Ratings

Mar 13, 2003

This was excellent! I was very surprised. It looked like the hen wouldn't supply enough meat for all of the veggies that this receipe calls for. But alas, do not let it fool you. This was perfect. The best homeade chicken/hen soup I've ever had. I did use more than dbl the broth to make it real juicy. Also, used Egg Noodles, and it was WONDERFUL. I spiced it up with salt, pepper, some greek seasonings, and a little bit of garlic powder. Very, very good. Thank you!

Jan 25, 2012

Perfect! Budget friendly and really tasty! I made this with Vermicelli pasta instead of potatoes. The only thing I added other than that is a bay leaf. I just halved the hen and browned. BEWARE - those little hens take a long time to defrost - 3 days for a little hen! This would be easy to expand with more broth and more vegetables. An ideal cheap winter meal as written. Thanks for a great recipe, Danielle!

Oct 30, 2002

This is a great recipe. I made this the night before a snow trip. Fast and easy! I served egg noodles with the soup. My critics were one hungry husband and 2 boys. Warm fresh bread with butter rounded up this crowd, frozen from too much fun. They finished lunch nice and warm ready for more snowball fights.

Oct 11, 2007

Perfect comfort food....I made a double batch to share with a neighbor who had a death in the family. She and her husband were so grateful to get a pot of steaming soup and rustic bread to eat before the news travelled and others brought the usual "funeral food" for the family that would gather in. My husband and I LOVED it and I am making more this week to freeze in one portion amounts for him to take to work. Our only changes were to add some of our homegrown fresh herbs (parsley, sage, rosemary....the thyme was already gone for the season :-) ) during the last 10 minutes of cooking. Also, our broth was the expensive kind from the natural foods store, but it lacked salt, so we added what we thought it needed. I think the quality of broth really made the soup rich and tasty and it was worth the expense! The hens were so easy to handle...why hadn't we thought of that! Thanks for a great recipe that we will make over and over, I'm sure!

Oct 05, 2010

I also added rice instead of potatoes and some Tony Chachere and boiled eggs it was very good.

Jan 21, 2009

Very tasty! Who knew you could get so much meat from one little hen? This made two dinners for my husband and I, for very little money. He's a big fan of chicken noodle soup and thought this was great. Thanks!


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  • Calories
  • 214 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20.2 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 47 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 10 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 3.1 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 10.4 g
  • 21%
  • Sodium
  • 925 mg
  • 37%

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

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