Prep Time: 40 mins
Cook Time: 1 hour
Take your next dinner party up a notch with roasted Cornish Hen. Not only does Cornish Hen offer very tender meat, its small size makes it perfect for individual servings – and ideal for elegant holiday dinners. Serve with a medley of roasted root vegetables or rice dressing, followed by a traditional dessert like pudding or apple crumble. Tyson Premium Cornish Hens are on sale all this week, so treat your friends and family to a special meal!
4 Cornish game hens
3 Tbs olive oil, divided
Salt and pepper
1 lemon, quartered
4 sprigs fresh rosemary (plus more for garnish)
30 cloves garlic
1/3 cup white wine
1/3 cup chicken broth
Preheat oven to 450° F. Rub hens with 1 tablespoon oil. Lightly season hens with salt and pepper. Place 1 lemon wedge and 1 sprig rosemary in cavity of each hen. Arrange in large, heavy roasting pan. Arrange garlic cloves around hens. Roast in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
Reduce oven temperature to 375° F. In mixing bowl, whisk together wine, broth and remaining oil; pour over hens. Continue roasting for about 25 more minutes, or until hens are golden-brown and juices run clear. Baste with pan juices every 10 minutes.
Transfer hens to platter, pouring any juices into roasting pan. Tent hens with aluminum foil to keep warm. Transfer pan juices and garlic cloves to a medium saucepan. Boil until liquids reduce to a sauce consistency, about 6 minutes. Cut hens in half, lengthwise; arrange on plates. Spoon sauce and garlic around hens. Garnish with rosemary sprigs before serving.
Calories per Serving: 484, Fat: 34 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 169 mg, Sodium: 152 mg, Carbohydrates: 9 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 31 g
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What is a Cornish Hen?
As the name would suggest, the Cornish Hen is a chicken variety that originated in Cornwall, England. Most of the chickens sold as Cornish Hens in the grocery stores today, however, are actually a hybrid of Cornish and White Rock Chicken. Commercial Cornish Hens weigh under two pounds, and in another twist, can be male or female. They are only sold whole unlike other chickens such as the broiler-fryer, roaster or stewing chicken, as they are too small to be deboned.
Cornish Hen Taste & Nutrition
Here’s another surprise, they taste like chicken! The biggest difference between the Cornish Hen and its other chicken cousins, is tenderness. Being a much younger chicken, they are very tender and juicy, which along with their small size being suited to individual serving has made them a true delicacy. On the plus side for those watching their nutrition, these “spring chickens” contain less fat and slightly fewer calories than older chicken.