27 Reviews

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.

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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?

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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.

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misfit September 04, 2002

Heavenly delicious. After collect juices from baking pan to make the sauce, I put the hens back into the oven to keep warm and keep the skin crisp. Served mine with steamed carrot and rice pilaf. Thank you for a successful Valentine dinner.

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Peter Pan February 15, 2003

Wonderful! The combination of garlic, rosemary and wine made my kitchen (and the hen)smell great. Easy to prepare and I even used rosemary right out of my garden. I served it in courses with seafood gumbo, buttered asperagus, greens salad and a bottle of wine. My husband loved it! Thanks for saving Monday night dinner! A definite treat! --Rosi

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Rosi Wilkins December 03, 2002

Excellent recipe!! I made this with 2 cornish hens..and followed it exactly!! I even used 23 cloves of garlic. LOL.. The flavor was awesome!!! I took the juice from the pan, garlic cloves, and drained the inside of each hen into a sauce pan... smashed up the garlic a bit and simmered for about 12 to 15 min until it was reduced.. This made an excellent gravy for the mashed potatoes i served on the side.. This is going into my Keeper file!! Thanks for a great recipe!!

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MIDWESTGUY April 19, 2011

I like this recipe so much that it was my choice for cooking the first dinner in a new range we had installed yesterday. The only thing different is that I truss the legs of the hen, and I make the same amount of sauce for only two hens. The lemon, garlic and rosemary infuse the hen meat with flavor.

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pamelad November 30, 2011

Fabulous, fabulous recipe! I sprinkled a little bit of thyme on the bird along with the salt and pepper and put thin sliced potatoes underneath the hens. Both the potatoes and the hens turned out incredibly scrumptious and extremely moist. I made Pan Roasted Asparagus (by CountryLady) and it was perfect. Thank you for an excellent recipe!

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aksingingbreeze February 14, 2011

We made these cornish hens last night. OMG!! They are SO delish. We put garlic, celery, carrots, onions and potatoes in the roasting pan with the hens. Thanks to the seasoned drippings, they were, hands down, the best I have ever tasted! Thank you for this keeper.

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Lynn Parrish May 16, 2010

THIS RECIPE IS OUTSTANDING!!!! It deserves more than 5 stars! I used 4 Medium size Quail and omitted the wine for chicken broth only, I used my own broth from boiled chicken wings. It was soooooo delicious, especially after boiling all the leftover juices and pouring over the quail. This dish is TO DIE FOR and soo yummy and flavorful! They were served with oven roasted garlic & rosemary potatoes. I'm so glad you posted this recipe, Its the first time I've tried Quail and it was among the best dinners I've ever had. Thanks for posting such a special recipe the whole family enjoyed it immensely. Update: Made this recipe recently and again, nothing short of amazing! I'm trying the same recipe for small chickens, I'll add more of the lemon, garlic and rosemary straight into the cavity. Will also increase the amount of sauce cuz i just LOVE the stuff!! I'm sad that its lost half a star rating. I used this recipe on Quail, I'm not sure what Cornish Hens are or how much fat they contain. But Quail hardly has any fat on it and you can probably use small roasting chickens and have the breast with some salad and roasted vegetables to make it a healthier option. In my opinion, anybody can take it upon themselves to make a meal healthy by opting for things such as Olive oil (about 2 Tbl-Sp/day helps to reduce cholesterol and unclog arteries), leaner meat, adding salads and veggies, substituting wine for water or broth and best of all, you don't have to sacrifice on flavor. You will still end up with a quality meal fit for Queens. Dayum Rise, what else do you have hidden in your kitchen drawer??? lol

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Chef Latte July 03, 2009
Garlic & Rosemary Cornish Game Hens