Cornish Hen Recipes

You got some Cornish hens but are not sure about how to prepare them? Find here useful tips and delicious roasted, stuffed, grilled and more Cornish hen recipes!

Staff Picks

Cornish Hens with Lemon and Herbs

Rating: 3.5 stars 221
For more-generous portions, cook one hen per person. If you do, use two roasting pans, and double the other ingredients.

Herb-Roasted Cornish Game Hens

Rating: 3.5 stars 303
Think of this recipe as a dinner-party building block: People-pleasing and delicious, it will become your signature dish.

Maple-Glazed Cornish Game Hens with Carrots

Rating: 3 stars 45
Maple syrup is an easy, delicious glaze for this quick-cooking bird. Instead of hens, you can substitute a whole chicken; just cook it a bit longer.

Cranberry-Stuffed Cornish Game Hens

Rating: 4 stars 99
Dried cranberries add plenty of flavor to these Cornish game hens.

Hoisin-Roasted Game Hens

Hoisin, which is a blend of soybeans, garlic, chiles, and spices, makes a sweet-and-tangy glaze for roasted Cornish game hens.

Haroset-Stuffed Hens with Gravy and Sweet Potatoes

Serve the hens with roasted sweet potatoes: Prick four sweet potatoes all over with a fork and rub the skins with extra-virgin olive oil. Place a large ovenproof skillet, preferably cast iron, on the floor of the oven while it is preheating. Roast the potatoes in the skillet, turning them a few times, for 45 to 55 minutes. (This gives the spuds a blistered, crispy skin.) Halve the potatoes lengthwise just before serving them.

Spatchcocked Cornish Game Hens with Lemon and Olive Relish

Rating: 2 stars 17
This simple and delicious recipe for spatchcocked Cornish game hens with lemon and olive relish is from "The Martha Stewart Show" TV kitchen. The term "spatchcocked" means the chicken or game bird has been split down the back, opened out and grilled flat.

Roasted Cornish Hen and Grapes

Rating: 3.5 stars 64
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.

Guinea Hen with Bacon, Cabbage, and Apples

Rating: 2.5 stars 6
Apples and cabbage get cooked with white wine and the savory juices from the roasting pan to create an irresistible bed on which this succulent game bird rests.

Chicken Makbous

Martha's take on the popular Arabian Gulf meat-and-rice dish known as makbous calls for Cornish game hens and a bed of delicately spiced pearl couscous and yellow split peas.

Cornish Game Hens with Apricot Sauce

Rating: 3 stars 20
This recipe for moist Cornish hens with apricot sauce comes from Janet Reynolds of Leesburg, Virginia.

Inspiration and Ideas

Stuffed Cornish Game Hens with Leek Stew
This seasonal recipe for stuffed Cornish game hens with leek stew is courtesy of chef Tom Colicchio.
Roasted Game Hen with Root Vegetables
Instead of the usual roast chicken, why not give game hen the oven treatment? It cooks way faster, and the pan juices make a delicious sauce when combined with Dijon, lemon juice, capers, and fresh tarragon.
Cornish Hens with Pomegranate-Molasses Glaze
Rating: 3 stars 28

These tender, tasty little birds are marinated in pomegranate molasses. Serve them with wild-rice salad.