Cornish Hen Recipes

Cornish game hens are a great alternative meat for small Thanksgiving meals, or for any occasion. Get step-by-step recipes for baking these young chickens.

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Seasoned Cornish Hens

Rating: 4.5 stars 169
My father taught me how to make this quick and easy Cornish hen recipe for four. We usually eat this dish with rice and steamed green beans. Look for oyster sauce at your local grocery store in the Asian food department.

Honey-Poppy Seed Cornish Hens

Rating: 4.5 stars 60
This is a delicious dish that serves well with curried vegetables.

Cornish Game Hens Ricardo

Rating: 4.5 stars 19
There is no question in my mind, marinating for at least 24 hours makes a barbeque! I don't cook chicken until it's bone dry! Marinating makes the flavor.

Cornish Hens with Coffee Liqueur Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 19
This has become a favorite around our house.

Lemon Leek Roasted Cornish Hens

Rating: 4.5 stars 42
Cornish game hens stuffed with leeks and fresh lemons and baked to a golden finish. This is a delicious and simple recipe for Cornish hens. Serve with couscous and broccoli, if desired.

Grilled Cornish Game Hens

Rating: 4.5 stars 84
This recipe is great for summertime grilling. Game hens will melt in your mouth.

Game Hens Southwestern-Style

Rating: 4.5 stars 23
'Game' is a term applied to wild animals or birds that are deemed suitable for human consumption, or EDIBLE! Young game hens are the best for this delicious lime basted and Southwestern salsafied dish. Get yer spurs on and dig in!
By Jana

11 Thanksgiving Cornish Hen Recipes

Easier and quicker to cook, yet still loaded with flavor — Cornish hens are a great option for a smaller Thanksgiving gathering.
By Ita Mac Airt

Plum-Glazed Cornish Game Hens

Rating: 4.5 stars 28
These plum jam-glazed Cornish game hens are fall-off-the-bone yumminess! I use homemade sand plum jelly for the glaze.

Baked Cornish Game Hens

Rating: 4.5 stars 138
Cornish game hens stuffed with a vegetable mixture, then roasted. A Cornish game hen recipe that I found and tweaked a bit for the taste and size of our small family, but it would be very easy to adjust it to fit your needs. It goes well with oven-roasted potatoes.

Chicken Little (Semi-Boneless Roast Game Hen)

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
Armed with nothing more than a sharp boning knife, and some patience, pretty much anyone can make this visually impressive 'chicken little,' or as they say in the biz, 'individual chicken ballotine.' Since there is a bit of production involved, I do suggest making these ahead, and keeping them in the fridge until you're ready to serve.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chef John's Cranberry-Stuffed Game Hens
Rating: Unrated 42
"Impressive-looking and delicious! My first time preparing a Cornish game hen, and it was not difficult." – mags
Cornish Game Hens with Rosemary
Rating: Unrated 1193
"This recipe is incredible. I ate my hen with my hands, hot from the oven, juices running down my fingers like I was in Game of Thrones." – becca11bear
Air Fryer Cornish Hen
Rating: 5 stars 1

This is my basic recipe for no-fail air fryer Cornish hens. I use the Tyson® brand Cornish because they are two pounds a piece and perfect for two people once the bones are discarded. Reduce cooking time if using smaller hens. Feel free to use your favorite herbs and spices to change things up.