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Garlic-Rosemary Cornish Hen Recipe
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Garlic-Rosemary Cornish Hen Recipe

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I have served these hens for backyard cookouts as well as a formal dinner entrée. The garlic is mild and pleasant and combined with rosemary and lemon results in meat, tender and moist.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1 Cornish game hen (20 to 24 ounces), split lengthwise
  • 1/2 medium lemon, cut into wedges
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup white wine or additional chicken broth


  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Place hens, breast side up, over lemon and rosemary in an ungreased 11x7-in. baking dish. Brush with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add garlic to pan. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°.
  2. Pour broth and wine over hen and bake 10-15 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in thigh reads 180°, basting twice with pan juices. Remove hen to serving plates and keep warm.
  3. Transfer pan juices to a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-7 minutes or until pan juices reach desired consistency. Strain juices and serve with hen. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Garlic-Rosemary Cornish Hen in Reminisce December/January 2010, p51

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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