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Roasted Cornish Hen and Grapes

If you like, you can easily substitute four bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (10 to 12 ounces each) for the Cornish hens in this recipe.

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  • Servings: 4
Roasted Cornish Hen and Grapes

Source: Everyday Food, September 2004


  • 1 1/2 pounds mixed red and green seedless grapes
  • 8 shallots, root end intact, halved if large
  • 6 sprigs thyme, plus leaves for hens
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 Cornish game hens (1 to 1 1/4 pounds each)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss grapes and shallots with thyme sprigs, oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  2. Tie legs with kitchen twine; nestle hens among grapes on baking sheet, breast side up. Season hens generously with salt and pepper; sprinkle with thyme leaves.

  3. Roast, basting hens occasionally with pan juices, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of leg (avoiding bone) registers 160 degrees. 30 to 35 minutes.

Cook's Note

Shallots often have two lobes, which should be separated before peeling. For this recipe, leave root end intact.

Reviews (6)

  • cherub82 16 Feb, 2013

    This looked so elegant and pretty, was really quick to make and tasted delicious. this will be my new go-to dish when we have company coming over! thank you!

  • Carol Byrd 25 May, 2012

    This sooooooo easy and simple. I serve a sweet potato au gratin with it and the fans go WILD !!!s

  • tonigacka 8 Jan, 2011

    just as good with legs and thighs and sooo easy

  • tonigacka 8 Jan, 2011

    Just as good with legs

  • madgeandme 5 Jan, 2011

    This recipe is OUTSTANDING....easy, healthy and yummy
    Peter Mitchell

  • Kate_Kaplan 10 Jan, 2008

    This was a fab dinner. It was light but filling. I recomend the cornish hens for company but for a night at home- the chicken is easier- kate

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