Oven Roasted Cornish Hen are tender hens generously
seasoned with aromatics and a blend of spices.
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Oven Roasted Cornish Hen
Cornish hens are so tender and bursting with flavor. As a matter of fact, I will bake Cornish hens over regular whole chicken any day.
I have found that stuffing the Cornish hens and adding additional aromatics on top of the chickens add even more flavor.
I have tried to bake the hens without sautéing the aromatics first; however, the flavor is just not the same.
Even though these hens don’t take much to be great, you don’t want to skip this step.
Another great method I use is rubbing the hens with olive oil. If you don’t have any olive oil, simply use butter.
The olive oil makes for a crispier crust when baking and also enhances the flavor of the chicken.
If the chicken is done, but not quite brown, uncover the hens and broil for a few minutes.
That will definitely do the trick. To prevent the hens from drying out, be sure not to leave the hens broiling for too long.
At this point, the hens should be about done before you start the broiling process.
Cornish hens are great any time of the year.
In other words, they are not just for the holidays. Come to think about it, that’s the last time I had Cornish hens.
For Thanksgiving, I went to Louisiana to visit my grandmother. We had Cornish hen, turkey wings, candied yams, greens, cornbread dressing and coconut cake.
Okay I got sidetracked, let’s get back to the Cornish hens. I cooked the Cornish hens this time and come to think about it, my grandmother doesn’t use olive oil so I rubbed the hens with butter.
They came out great! I was like whew! They were like okay the girl can cook after all.
Even though I think I’m a great cook, I typically “let” my mom and my grandmother handle the cooking and stick to cleaning up.
I mean they’re the experts in the first place. With that being said, I felt a little pressured cooking for them because they are both awesome cooks.
They are standing back looking while I’m rubbing the chickens with butter and stuffing them with onion and bell pepper like what is she doing.
They are like I don’t stuff my hens, but okay. No two people cook alike and you can always learn something especially from a seasoned cook.
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- 2 Cornish Hens
- 1/2 tbs of seasoning salt
- 1/2 tbsp of garlic salt
- 1/2 tbs of cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tbs of smoked paprika
- 1/4 + 1/3 c of olive oil
- 1/2 + 1/2 c c of yellow onion
- 1/2 + 1/2 c of bell pepper
- 4 stalks of green onion - chopped
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place Cornish hens in a pan and dredge with olive oil.
- Massage oil into the hens.
- Season hens with 1/2 tbs of seasoning salt, garlic salt, cayenne pepper, and smoked paprika.
- Stuff hens with 1/2 c of onion, 1/2 c of bell pepper and 2 stalks of green onion (chopped).
- Heat oil in a skillet.
- Saute 1/2 of yellow onion and 1/2 c of bell pepper for approximately three minutes.
- Add green onion and sauté for two minutes.
- Remove from pan and spread vegetables evenly over both hens.
- Cover hens with foil and bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
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