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This is the third time I've prepared this dish. It's fabulous! I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of adding more garlic (we love garlic!). Each time the hens are moist and great tasting. The sauce is flavorful and adds a wonderful touch over rice or potatoes. We add some French bread to soak up extra sauce. We do skim off some of the extra butter from the top of the sauce before serving .
Great hens! Made these for Valentine's Day and my DH said he didn't want a saucy recipe and one son was under the weather so kept it simple. I made 4 hens but I think my hens needed a bit more time in the oven (I did 400) but next time I will cook them as stated. I added sage and Lawry's season salt plus paprika and used sake for the white wine since I had it to use up! I also put a half an onion in the cavity which could have caused them to cook more slowly. Thanks for a special and versatile recipe.