Our Favorite Cornish Hen Recipes

This Little Bird Can Make a Big Statement at Dinner Parties

Cornish hens are becoming popular again, especially for dinner parties. The tiny birds make a stunning presentation at the table, and everyone gets their own. (If you are serving a full-blown dinner with an appetizer or salad, two side dishes, bread, and dessert, may I suggest using half of a Cornish hen as an entree serving.) Originally developed in the 1950s, the Cornish game hen is not a game bird, but rather a diminutive broiler weighing less than two pounds. Prepare them any way you'd...MORE use a whole chicken. These are my personal favorite recipes the best recipes as rated by family and friends. Most of them may be modified for use with whole chickens, adjusting the cooking time.

  • 01 of 05

    Honey Spiced Cornish Game Hens

    Cornish Game Hen with Rosemary
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    With this recipe, you get a little bit of sweetness from the balsamic vinegar, honey and wine reduction, plus a touch of spice from allspice and chili powder. It's a great combination that is hard to beat. If your tastes tend toward fiery foods, feel free to adjust the spice amounts upward.

  • 02 of 05
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    Orange Marmalade Cornish Hens Recipe. © 2011 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This may well be the easiest Cornish hen recipe yet. A simple mixture of orange marmalade, butter, and Worcestershire sauce makes a fast and easy glaze. It's great on baked chicken as well. You may use your favorite stuffing or skip it altogether. Try experimenting with other fruit preserves to vary the flavor.

  • 03 of 05

    Spicy Cornish Hens

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    Many sauces begin with a tomato base. This baking sauce for Cornish hens is instead uses a base of roasted sweet red bell peppers and gets a jolt of flavor from cayenne pepper, balsamic vinegar, mustard and rosemary. A touch of raspberry jam adds just enough sweetness to balance out the heat. The combination of the sweetness and the heat is a vital component, so don't cut back too much on the heat if you need to adjust.

  • 04 of 05
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    Here are seven quick recipes for Cornish hens (hen hacks?). The sauces can each be made in under 10 minutes. Choose from apricot glaze, Mexican spiced, lemon and basil, mustard herb, garlic herb, citrus and Asian.

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    Oven Roasted Cornish Game Hens
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    Before you try your hand at cooking Cornish hens, learn their history, how to select and store them, and get cooking tips. They are elegant on the table and yummy in the tummy! And all of these recipes may be modified for traditional chicken.