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

Cranberry-Stuffed Cornish Game Hens

Rating: 3.78 stars
Dried cranberries add plenty of flavor to these Cornish game hens.

Maple-Glazed Cornish Game Hens with Carrots

Rating: 3.02 stars
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.

Roasted Cornish Hen and Grapes

Rating: 3.45 stars
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.

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.

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.

Spatchcocked Cornish Game Hens with Lemon and Olive Relish

Rating: 2.24 stars
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.

Cornish Hens with Pomegranate-Molasses Glaze

Rating: 2.86 stars
These tender, tasty little birds are marinated in pomegranate molasses. Serve them with wild-rice salad.

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.

Forty Clove Cornish Hens with Lemon and Oregano

Roasted garlic's buttery texture and sweet flavor are intensified when it is tucked inside and underneath the skin of Cornish game hens in this variation on chicken with forty cloves of garlic.

Inspiration and Ideas

Cornish Hens with Forty Cloves of Garlic
Rating: Unrated
Garlic and herbs tucked under the skin give the hens additional flavor.
Stephen's Roast Squab with Seville Orange Confit
Chef Stephen Kalt, owner of New York City's Spartina restaurant, developed this Passover recipe as a pleasant departure from more traditional food such as brisket or chicken. Seville oranges are available in gourmet markets in March and April; if necessary, you can substitute equal parts freshly squeezed lemon and orange juices.

Cornish Hens with Bagel Stuffing

Any bread will work here, but this is an especially good way to use up leftover bagels. Pumpernickel or everything bagels are our favorite choices for this stuffing.