Tasty Tarragon Cornish Game Hens

Recipe by Chef Fredo

This is a very tasty way to prepare cornish hens. It's another family favorite we've served for years. Tarragon goes so well with poultry.

Top Review by cooking for fun

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 .

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Make basting sauce by melting butter in small sauce pan and stirring in wine (or broth) and tarrgon.
  3. Sprinkle inside of each hen with salt, pepper, tarragon, and garlic.
  4. Lightly coat outside of hen with olive (or other) oil.
  5. Liberally sprinkle outside of hen with garlic salt.
  6. Tie hen legs together if possible (I've also made these without doing this step).
  7. Place hens in oven.
  8. Let hens cook about 15 minutes before starting to use the basting sauce. After each basting, I will occasionally sprinkle more garlic salt over the hens.
  9. Continue to baste hens every 15 minutes or so until done. If hen wings or top start to darken too much, cover those areas with foil.
  10. When hens have finished cooking, remove to serving platter.
  11. optional - I place the strained drippings in a bowl (skimming off some of the butter) and use this as a 'gravy' for the hens and any suitable rice/potato dish that may accompany them.
  12. Use your meat thermometer to determine doneness as it varies according to hen weight.

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