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Tasty Cornish Hens Cooked Two Ways

Updated on December 23, 2008
Cornish Hen with a fruit stuffing
Cornish Hen with a fruit stuffing

Cornish Hen with Fruit

Cornish hens are tasty little birds that are perfect for couples or singles who may be home alone during the holidays. I do remember though a few years back when I was a child, my mom occasionally would bake and stuff 8 hens for my dad, herself, and all six kids. Of course that's when cornish hens were about 50 cents each. In any event, they are delicious. Here is my first recipe.

Fruity Cornish Hen


5 tbls. butter or margarine

1 onion (chopped)

3/4 cup long grain rice

8 ounces mixed dried fruit

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

4 Cornish Hens

Begin by melting 1 tbls. of the buter in a small pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Next add the dried fruit, rice, salt, cinnamon, and 1 1/3 cups of water. Mix together and let this simmer for about 25 minutes, until the rice is tender and all the liquid is absorbed.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and sprinkle Cornish hens inside and out with salt and pepper. When that is done, begin to spoon the fruit mixture into the cavity of the hens. Place all hens in a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan or dish. Use the remaining 3 tbls. of butter to drizzle over the hens.

Bake and baste occasionally for 1 hour and 15 minutes. The hens will be done when the juices from them run clear.


Herbs and White Wine Infused Cornish Hens
Herbs and White Wine Infused Cornish Hens

Cornish Hens with Herbs and White Wine

This recipe is perfect for a New Years Eve romantic dinner. Serve it with a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blance wine.


2 Cornish Hens (Cut in half, lenghtwise.Remove backbone)

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp,freshly ground pepper

2 tbls. olive oil

3 shallots(chopped fine)

3/4 cup dry white wine

How to make

First preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Season the hens with oregano, basil, salt and pepper.

In a large frying pan, melt the butter and olive oil or medium to high heat and begin to saute hens, turning only one time. Give each side 4 to 5 minutes to brown.

Remove hens and place them in a baking dish just big enough to hold them.

The next step is to add your shallots to the same pan you used to saute hens and reduce the heat to low. Continue to cook unilt the shallots are soft. This should take no longer than 2 minutes. Add the white wine and bring to a boil. Scrap all the yummy goodness from the bottom and the sides of the pan. Pour over the hens.

Cover with foil and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Baste occasionally with pan juices.

Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F, uncover hens and bake for an addtional 5 minutes. The hens will be tender and the skin a crispy golden brown. Bon Appetit!!


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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      When my husband and I were first married when we didn't have kids and now with our 2 boys grown and gone, I will occasionally cook a couple of Cornish hens. As you said, they are perfect for one or two.

      going to bookmark this for future reference - the recipes look great. Voted up and useful

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      laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      whcobb,your recipe sounds delightful. I think I can do that without a recipe but if you have one please share.

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      William Cobb 7 years ago from Clarksville, TN

      Cornish hens are delightful... I did a lemon pepper and garlic crusted cornish hen dinner once with Asparagus and mashed potatoes... It was amazing! Cornish hens are just so tasty and succulent. I am going to try these recipes. Thanks for the hub.

      William Cobb

      "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?"

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      fastfreta, I hope your son enjoys this recipe. Maybe he"ll make some for his mom.

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      My son will just love these recipes, he tries everything with chicken that he hears about. So to be sure I will print these out for him. Thanks, good hub.

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Hello Fyxer, This recipe is very good, but you really can't mess up cooking cornish hens. Very often now I've caught them on sale for decent prices. I hope you try cooking this soon. Have a great one!

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      fyxer 8 years ago from mt vernon

      cornish hens always taste better than regular chicken they are more expensive and i haven't had one in a long time, had forgotten how good they taste i need to buy a few,your recipe sounds quite delicious.

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      laringo 9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Thanks Christine. I know you will enjoy!

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      christine almaraz 9 years ago from colorado springs

      They look so good. I love cornish hens. I'll be trying out your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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      laringo 9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Thanks again Research Analyst for the nice comments on one of my Hubs. When you try the fruit/rice stuffed Hens, let me know in a comment. Take care.

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      Research Analyst 9 years ago

      We have cornish hens for dinner, because they are so tasty, I never thought of fruit stuffing before, I definitely will have to try it, since rice is so delicious and so is mixed dried fruit. Thanks for the recipe!