Honey-Herb Cornish Game Hens

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by Redneck Epicurean

I saw this in a magazine and thought it looked absolutely delicious. It would make a very fancy romantic meal or even be great for a dinner party with friends. I love the idea of using Cornish hens because of the combo of dark and white meat. The hens are baked, but I want to try them on the grill when it gets warm.

Top Review by Xuanie

I've made this dish 4 times, and it tastes good each time. The only change I've made is to use more lemon juice & honey. I like to keep my hens moist, so I baste them often. I've served this with potatoes, rice, and braised red cabbage. This dish goes well with almost any side. Thank you for this great recipe!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse and pat dry hens. Cut out the backbone and split through the breastbone. Trim any excess skin or fat.
  2. Place oil in a shallow pan and heat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, honey, thyme, and oregano. Season hens with salt and pepper.
  4. Once pan is heated, place hens skin side down and brush with half of the honey mixture.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes. Flip hens and brush with remaining honey mixture. Bake 20-30 minutes longer, or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees. Place on a platter.
  6. Drain drippings into a fat separator or skim as much fat as possible. Serve with hens.

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