Garlic & Rosemary Cornish Game Hens

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

I adore garlic so here is yet another recipe using it! I don't know who gave this recipe to me, I found it this weekend in a kitchen drawer! I hope you enjoy it.


  1. Heat oven to 450.
  2. Rinse and pat dry game hens.
  3. Season cavities lightly with salt& pepper.
  4. Cut lemon into 4 wedges.
  5. Place 1 wedge inside each hen along with 1 sprig of the rosemary and 1 clove peeled garlic Rub outside of hens with 1 tbl of oil.
  6. Season outside of hen lightly with salt& pepper.
  7. Place hens in pan placing peeled garlic around all.
  8. Roast hens for appx 25 minutes at 450.
  9. Reduce temp to 350 and pour wine, broth and remaining oil over hens.
  10. Continue to cook for about 25 minutes (or until juice from thickest part runs clear) Be sure to baste about every 10 minutes in this final cooking time.
  11. Remove hens from pan and pour remaining juices as well as any juices from the cavities into medium saucepan Boil juices about 6 to 8 minutes (or until desired consistency).
  12. Arrange hens on plates and spoon sauce and garlic over and around each, add additional rosemary as a garnish if you like.
  13. The 4-8 servings is that you can cut the hens in half to double the servings.
  14. This goes very well with a light salad and rice pilaf (and of course a glass of wine).
Most Helpful

I made this on Saturday night for family that came over. They really loved the big garlic taste and the kids also liked the the idea of having their own little chickens. I took your advice and made rice (I used used Rice a Roni the one with garlic). Thank you for listing this, the hens are not expensive so this was a good recipe to make.

foodlover April 08, 2002

Come on, folks! With 57+ grams of fat, why don't we just inject ourselves with butter and get it over with? Does anyone out there ever think about healthy food?

Auntietta May 18, 2002

This is a great recipe. Very little effort results in an impressive looking meal, with great flavor. Had I made mashed potatoes, I would've had some of the best gravy ever. Instead, I chopped some red potatoes and roasted them alongside the birds. Don't make the same mistake I did of overcrowding the pan. I got undercooked potatoes even after an extra 45 minutes in the oven. After that long wait, the hens were extra delicious, though.

misfit September 04, 2002