Roasted Garlic-Rosemary Cornish Game Hens

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

Recipe Source: Health I haven't made this yet but it sounds great.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix garlic and chopped rosemary together in a small bowl.
  3. Rinse each hen under cold water; pat dry. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast by gently inserting fingers between skin and meat. Place about 2 teaspoons of garlic mixture under skin and spread evenly over breast meat. Place 1 rosemary sprig in body cavity. Sprinkle hens with salt and pepper.
  4. Tie ends of legs together with cord. Lift wing tips out and tuck under hen. Place hens on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; bake for 1 hour or until juices run clear. Remove skin and cord before serving; split hens in half lengthwise.


Most Helpful

I love the technique of loosening the skin and putting herbs underneath it. I used some lemon thyme in addition to the garlic and rosemary, and also some lovely chive blossoms - no point in letting them go to waste with a hard frost promised for tonight. Added chives to the rosemary in the cavity. Herbs flavored the chicken and the pan juices. Lovely.

duonyte October 10, 2009

Boy, oh Boy, this was delicious! I followed the recipe exactly, but basted with Smart Balance butter every 15-20 minutes or so. I adjusted the recipe for only 2 Cornish Game Hens as I was only cooking for my husband and I. I wouldn't change a thing! Made for Photo Tag.

NELady March 02, 2009

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