ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Cornish Game Hen Recipes

Updated on October 13, 2017

Cornish Game Hen Recipes

Despite what many people think, the Cornish Game Hen is not a game bird at all. The term "Cornish Game Hen" is simply a young domesticated Cornish chicken slaughtered at about five weeks of age, as opposed to six or more weeks for your average chicken. Because of their youth, the Cornish Game Hen is smaller (about two pounds) and usually has a lighter taste than a fully mature chicken. I have found several great recipes for cooking the birds here.

Public domain photo courtesy Wikipedia/Davey Boy

Since the Cornish game hen is smaller than the chicken, they do take less time to prepare, usually less than an hour. You should still observe precautions regarding appropriate cooking temperatures, making sure that the meat reaches a solid 160 degrees or more.

Roasted Cornish Game Hens With Herbes de Provence

Here is a very easy recipe for cooking roasted game hens. The total time to prepare and cook this dish is less than one hour.

Ingredients:

Two (32 ounce) Rock Cornish game hens, thawed

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar

3 minced garlic cloves

1/4 cup dried herbes de Provence

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

(2 teaspoons dried basil, marjoram, rosemary and sage or thyme can be

substituted for herbes de Provence)

Preparation and Cooking:

Heat oven to 450 degrees F. To split game hens, place on cutting surface, breast side up. Using kitchen shears, cut breast in half, starting from neck end. Turn hen over. With shears, cut down both sides of back bone, discard back bone or save for stock. Place halves in shallow glass baking dish. Add remaining ingredients, crushing herbes de Provence before adding. Turn to coat hens evenly with mixture. Let stand 10 minutes. Place rack in shallow roasting pan large enough to hold game hens in one layer. With pastry brush, brush all of oil mixture over hens. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or till golden brown and internal temperature reaches 185 degrees F.

*Roasted Cornish Game Hens With Herbes de Provence Creative Commons recipe courtesy Chef Red Hawk

Cornish Game Hen and Orange Sauce

This dish takes slightly longer to prepare than the herb recipe above, but if you like orange glaze or sauce on your poultry then this is a recipe for you.

Ingredients:

Two thawed Cornish Game Hens

Juice of 4-6 medium oranges or 1 cup orange juice

Zest of one orange (grate the skin and stop when you see the white, bitter, rind)

1/4 stick of butter or 2 tablespoons of olive oil

1/4 cup of honey

1 teaspoon of corn starch or flour

Mix and heat the orange mixture until it thickens; about 3-5 minutes.

Cooking:

Bake the whole birds at 375 degrees for a hour to a hour and a half. Baste cornish hens 3 or 4 times during baking. Check for doneness by piercing thigh with a fork to see when juices run clear. Cooking takes longer than package directions when you frequently open the oven to baste.

*Cornish Game Hen and Orange Sauce Creative Commons recipe courtesy The 99 Cent Chef

Slow Cooker Pulled Game Hen

This is a very simple recipe, but it does take several hours to cook in the slow cooker.

Ingredients:

One Cornish Game Hen

One small onion (diced)

One cup BBQ sauce

Preparation:

Wash and clean Cornish Hen, inside and out. Pat dry with a paper towel. Cut the game hen into appropriate piece and season with salt and pepper. Place in a the slow cooker and pour over the BBQ sauce, and add the diced onion. Cook on high for 3-4 hours until chicken is nice and tender and comes clean off the bone.

Serve as a sandwich or with other side dishes. You can also use the leftover sauce as an au jus to dip the meat and bread.

*Slow-Cooker Pulled Game Hen Creative Commons recipe courtesy Breadplusbutter

Cornish Game Hen Recipe

Thoughts on this Hub? - Feel free to comment here.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      All your recipes sound delicious! Orange, herbs or BBQ....just can't go wrong!

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      I always feel very elegant when serving cornish game hens. They just seem special and look so nice on the plate.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)