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    Also found in book "Fried and True": Deep-Fried Cornish Game Hens

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    • 2 (3/4 lb) Cornish hens
    • to taste vegetable shortening (for deep-frying)
    • to taste oil (for deep-frying)
    • to taste salt
    • to taste pepper, freshly ground
    • to taste lemon, wedges (for serving)


    1. 1
      Don't fill your stockpot more than half full with shortening/oil, to allow for the inevitable boiling up when the hens are added.
    2. 2
      Also, be sure the hens are at room temperature so the fat temperature doesn't drop dramatically from the shock of an ice-cold bird.
    3. 3
      Rinse the hens and pat completely dry, inside and out, with paper towels. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
    4. 4
      Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Place a large wire cake rack over a jelly roll pan/cookie sheet.
    5. 5
      In a stockpot, melt vegetable shortening over high heat to a depth of 2 to 3 inches and heat it to 375 degrees F.
    6. 6
      Carefully put 1 Cornish hen in the hot shortening. Deep fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 17, 2007


      This was awesome. I made this for my father for father's day and it was juicy and crispy. If you are looking for a cornish hen differnt from the traditional oven baked this is the one. I did use cajun seasoning and garlic salt and I let the seasonings set on the hen for about 1 1/2 hours before I deep fried it. I also covered the deep fryer with a lid while frying it. This is the best!!!! Thanks Tina.

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    Nutritional Facts for Deep-Fried Cornish Game Hens

    Serving Size: 1 (170 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 394.9
    Calories from Fat 102
    Total Fat 11.3 g
    Saturated Fat 2.8 g
    Cholesterol 309.8 mg
    Sodium 231.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 0.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 68.2 g

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