Succulent Roasted Game Hens in a Jiffy

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by PanNan

This recipe is so quick and easy, but special enough to serve to company. Great served with potato hash (posted separately).

Top Review by hunny2sweet

This is the best recipe ever!! I added in some fresh garlic while I was browning the chicken. It came out perfectly!!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 (1 lb) rock cornish game hens, about
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper or other seasoning or herbs


  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Cut backbone from each hen with a knife or kitchen shears (or ask your butcher to do this for you).
  3. Open the hen until it lies flat, with a leg on each side.
  4. Rub hens all over with olive oil; season with paprika, salt, black pepper (and/or other seasonings/herbs).
  5. Heat an ovenproof skillet over high heat; brown hens, skin side up, 3 minutes.
  6. Turn; brown 2 minutes more.
  7. Transfer pan to oven; place a heavy cast iron pan or a brick wrapped with foil on top of hens.
  8. Roast 12 minutes.
  9. Remove top pan or brick and turn hens skin side up.
  10. Cook until firm and evenly browned, but still moist, about 7 minutes.
  11. Garnish with 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley.

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