Garlic & Rosemary Cornish Game Hens

"I adore garlic so here is yet another recipe using it! I don't know who gave this recipe to me, I found it this weekend in a kitchen drawer! I hope you enjoy it."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Heat oven to 450.
  • Rinse and pat dry game hens.
  • Season cavities lightly with salt& pepper.
  • Cut lemon into 4 wedges.
  • Place 1 wedge inside each hen along with 1 sprig of the rosemary and 1 clove peeled garlic Rub outside of hens with 1 tbl of oil.
  • Season outside of hen lightly with salt& pepper.
  • Place hens in pan placing peeled garlic around all.
  • Roast hens for appx 25 minutes at 450.
  • Reduce temp to 350 and pour wine, broth and remaining oil over hens.
  • Continue to cook for about 25 minutes (or until juice from thickest part runs clear) Be sure to baste about every 10 minutes in this final cooking time.
  • Remove hens from pan and pour remaining juices as well as any juices from the cavities into medium saucepan Boil juices about 6 to 8 minutes (or until desired consistency).
  • Arrange hens on plates and spoon sauce and garlic over and around each, add additional rosemary as a garnish if you like.
  • The 4-8 servings is that you can cut the hens in half to double the servings.
  • This goes very well with a light salad and rice pilaf (and of course a glass of wine).

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  1. I made this on Saturday night for family that came over. They really loved the big garlic taste and the kids also liked the the idea of having their own little chickens. I took your advice and made rice (I used used Rice a Roni the one with garlic). Thank you for listing this, the hens are not expensive so this was a good recipe to make.
  2. Come on, folks! With 57+ grams of fat, why don't we just inject ourselves with butter and get it over with? Does anyone out there ever think about healthy food?
  3. This is a great recipe. Very little effort results in an impressive looking meal, with great flavor. Had I made mashed potatoes, I would've had some of the best gravy ever. Instead, I chopped some red potatoes and roasted them alongside the birds. Don't make the same mistake I did of overcrowding the pan. I got undercooked potatoes even after an extra 45 minutes in the oven. After that long wait, the hens were extra delicious, though.
  4. Excellent recipe!! I made this with 2 cornish hens..and followed it exactly!! I even used 23 cloves of garlic. LOL.. The flavor was awesome!!! I took the juice from the pan, garlic cloves, and drained the inside of each hen into a sauce pan... smashed up the garlic a bit and simmered for about 12 to 15 min until it was reduced.. This made an excellent gravy for the mashed potatoes i served on the side.. This is going into my Keeper file!! Thanks for a great recipe!!
  5. Heavenly delicious. After collect juices from baking pan to make the sauce, I put the hens back into the oven to keep warm and keep the skin crisp. Served mine with steamed carrot and rice pilaf. Thank you for a successful Valentine dinner.


  1. THIS RECIPE IS OUTSTANDING!!!! It deserves more than 5 stars! I used 4 Medium size Quail and omitted the wine for chicken broth only, I used my own broth from boiled chicken wings. It was soooooo delicious, especially after boiling all the leftover juices and pouring over the quail. This dish is TO DIE FOR and soo yummy and flavorful! They were served with oven roasted garlic & rosemary potatoes. I'm so glad you posted this recipe, Its the first time I've tried Quail and it was among the best dinners I've ever had. Thanks for posting such a special recipe the whole family enjoyed it immensely. Update: Made this recipe recently and again, nothing short of amazing! I'm trying the same recipe for small chickens, I'll add more of the lemon, garlic and rosemary straight into the cavity. Will also increase the amount of sauce cuz i just LOVE the stuff!! I'm sad that its lost half a star rating. I used this recipe on Quail, I'm not sure what Cornish Hens are or how much fat they contain. But Quail hardly has any fat on it and you can probably use small roasting chickens and have the breast with some salad and roasted vegetables to make it a healthier option. In my opinion, anybody can take it upon themselves to make a meal healthy by opting for things such as Olive oil (about 2 Tbl-Sp/day helps to reduce cholesterol and unclog arteries), leaner meat, adding salads and veggies, substituting wine for water or broth and best of all, you don't have to sacrifice on flavor. You will still end up with a quality meal fit for Queens. Dayum Rise, what else do you have hidden in your kitchen drawer??? lol


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