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!
- 4 (2721.55 g) rock cornish game hens, 6 lbs total
- 29.58 ml oil
- 29.58 ml lemon juice
- 29.58 ml honey
- 9.85 ml fresh thyme, chopped
- 9.85 ml fresh oregano, chopped
- 2.46 ml salt
- 0.59 ml pepper
Directions See How It's Made
- Rinse and pat dry hens. Cut out the backbone and split through the breastbone. Trim any excess skin or fat.
- Place oil in a shallow pan and heat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, honey, thyme, and oregano. Season hens with salt and pepper.
- Once pan is heated, place hens skin side down and brush with half of the honey mixture.
- 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.
- Drain drippings into a fat separator or skim as much fat as possible. Serve with hens.