Herb and Spice Roasted Cornish Game Hens Recipe

Roasted Cornish game hen with root vegetables
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  • 85 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 75 mins
  • Yield: 3 to 6 servings
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Simple ingredients bring a gourmet touch to Cornish game hens. This chef's recipe is quite simple to make at home, yet impressive enough for the most esteemed guest. Herbs, spices, garlic, shallots, and mustard make these rock Cornish game hens special.

What You'll Need

  • 3 Cornish game hens, livers and gizzards removed and rinsed
  • 3 whole cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 large shallots, peeled and quartered
  • 3 large sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons coarse-grained mustard
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons fines herbes
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

How to Make It

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place rock Cornish game hens in a large ovenproof baking dish. Place 1 clove garlic, several pieces of shallots, and 1 rosemary sprig into the cavity of each game hen. Rub 1/2 teaspoon salt into the cavity of the hens.

In a small bowl, combine mustards, fines herbes, paprika, fennel seed, pepper, red pepper flakes, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and whisk thoroughly. Coat game hens thoroughly with mixture.



Place in oven and roast for 1-1/4 hours. Remove from oven and serve with buttered corn and braised Swiss chard.

Recipe Source: Chef John Ash, Fetzer Vineyards
Reprinted with permission.