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How to Make a Delicious Cornish Hens Dinner : Online Recipe for Cornish Hens

Updated on September 20, 2018
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Cornish hens

Cornish Hens - How to Make Cornish Hens Dinner

Cornish hens are very enjoyable for a special dinner meal. This simple online recipe for cornish hens includes the use of chopped roasted peppers and peanuts. These cornish hens are also garnished with chopped onions.

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  • You can buy a package of two raw cornish hens for approximately $6, when on sale in your local supermarket.
  • You can keep cornish hens frozen until you are ready to prepare them or you can cook them fresh within a couple of days of purchase.
  • When you are ready to prepare the cornish hens, allow them to thaw adequately if they were frozen.
  • You can either allow them to sit on a shelf in the bottom portion of the refrigerator, overnight or you can allow a package of frozen cornish hens to sit on the kitchen counter for a while until thawed a bit.
  • Remove the packaging and rinse the meat well with water, lemon and vinegar.
  • It is likely that there will be a plastic pack of giblets stuffed in each bird.
  • This must be removed and the innards also rinsed well.

cornish hen with peanut
cornish hen with peanut | Source
  • Next, after the final rinse, allow the meat to marinate in a bowl will two teaspoons of olive oil and dashes of the following spices: parsley, garlic, paprika, black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper.
  • Line a large, deep baking pan with foil for easy cleanup and coat the foil with a couple drops of olive oil.
  • Chop up a medley of green peppers, red peppers, seeded chile peppers, onions and peanuts and set aside.

dry roasted peanuts, peppers and onions
dry roasted peanuts, peppers and onions
  • In a 400 degree preheated oven or broiler, place the baking pan with the cornish hens.
  • After the first 25 minutes of cooking, remove the pan from the oven.
  • Using tongs, stuff each cornish hen with some of the peanuts and peppers mix.
  • Sprinkle any excess peanuts/peppers on top of each bird.


  • Around the sides of the cornish hens, place some slices of raw or slightly pre-boiled potatoes.
  • Sprinkle the potatoes with a bit of salt and pepper and place the baking pan in the oven for an additional 25 minutes.
  • Flip the potato slices midway during heating (after about 10 minutes).
  • Remove pan from oven and enjoy your meal!

Cornish hens

      raw cornish hens, prepped and seasoned for broiling.
raw cornish hens, prepped and seasoned for broiling.
      using tongs to pick up and stuff hot, half-cooked cornish hens
using tongs to pick up and stuff hot, half-cooked cornish hens
      optionally, place some potato slices in baking pan with cornish hens halfway into cooking time
optionally, place some potato slices in baking pan with cornish hens halfway into cooking time
      fully cooked cornish hen stuffed and topped with peanuts, peppers and onions
fully cooked cornish hen stuffed and topped with peanuts, peppers and onions

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      8 years ago

      Are they available at walmart?

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      9 years ago from USA

      Hehe, hi guys. Thanks for your comments. Old Firm, thanks for answering LondonGirl's question. -Journey*

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      9 years ago from London

      I've never noticed on in Cornwall (-:

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      The Old Firm 

      9 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

      I wondered too LondonGirl, It's apparently a physically challenged chook of superior breeding. ...

      I like the recipe, Journey*, the stuffing is an interesting variation.

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      9 years ago from London

      How is a Cornish hen different from your average, bog-standard one?

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      9 years ago from USA

      Oh, Bob, I hope you're able to find them in your local supermarket. They really are a treat. G-Ma J, thanks for your comment. I'm glad you'll try this recipe. Enjoy! -Journey*

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      OMG.... I love them and this is a great recipe too...just gonna have ta get some tomorrow and have over this week-end...I can smell them now...yummm Thanks G-ma :O) Hugs & Peace

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      Bob Ewing 

      9 years ago from New Brunswick

      I have not had a cornish hen in quite sometime. I will have to try them if I can find them here.


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