Cornish Hens Recipe


This is a simple and easy cornish hens recipe. It has minimal ingredients and can be cooked for a casual meal or can be made for a more elegant, formal meal just by adding a few more ingredients and side dishes. Due to their small size, one per person is what is estimated if you are wanting to serve this for a dinner party. What's great about this recipe is that you do not need to follow it as-is, unless you choose to. You can experiment with this dish by adding any type of spices you desire or which ever ones you already have on hand, which makes it a very flexible recipe to try out without spending a lot of extra money.

You will need the following for this dish:

  • 2 Cornish Hens
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Black Pepper to Taste
  • Paprika- Just enough to sprinkle on both sides of the hens

Want to experiment? Omit the Paprika and use Rosemary, Thyme, Sage or any of your own favorite spices!


Need Side Dish Ideas? 

Serve this along side rice, baked or mashed potatoes, vegetables such as roasted asparagus, or a salad.

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Wash and pat dry the cornish hens. With a culinary brush, brush some extra virgin olive oil all over the hens, including the wings and the cavity. You will then need to season both sides of the hens, including the cavity with salt, pepper, and your chosen spice. For this recipe, I chose a combination of salt, pepper and paprika. Cook uncovered (covered if you do not want crispy/brown)for about 70 minutes or until juices run clear. I usually cook it uncovered and it never gets dry. Brushing the hens with the extra virgin olive oil helps it maintain its juices and adds extra flavor.

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