Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

Game hens are one of our favorite meals and look really impressive for company. I've tried many different recipes and have finally found what we consider the best way to prepare them. Goes great with fresh steamed green beans and red onions or rice side such as rice pilaf or wild rice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash hens in cold water and pat dry.
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of each dry spices to cavity of hens.
  3. Cut garlic cloves in half lengthwise and stuff cavities (amount needed may vary, but stuff them well).
  4. Very generously sprinkle the entire outside of hens with chicken and rib rub. Make sure you get in between the wing ans legs by the body.
  5. Place in 7X11 nonstick baking pan and pour white wine and melted butter around hens.
  6. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees until done (approx 1 hr 15 mins) basting a few times the last 20 minutes or so.
Most Helpful

Boy am I mad at myself for forgetting to take a photo of this dish. The little hens were so wonderfully brown and lovely looking - just like precious tiny turkeys at Thanksgiving. I did have my doubts about the amount of butter involved, and you could probably get by with half of it, but it sure made basting the birds easy to have that much juice in the pan. I didn't have any rub seasoning, so I just used some BBQ seasoning in a lesser amount - applied until the skin was well seasoned. The flavoring was excellent. I think I'll put some herbs on the outside next time as well as on the inside. The time in the oven was right on too. Thanks for an excellent recipe that I may try with chicken as well.

Cook In Southwest October 24, 2010

Morti made these while I was there visiting her last week. I am not a Cornish game hen fan, but these were very moist and delicious. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. Thanks for a wonderful dinner and a fantastic time sis.

Karen From Colorado May 14, 2009