Herb-Roasted Game Hens Recipe
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Herb-Roasted Game Hens Recipe

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These golden Cornish hens, shown at right, are seasoned with basil, sage and thyme for plenty of flavor. They're simple to prepare yet make any occasion seem special. For a fast finish, serve corn bread stuffing and chunky cinnamon applesauce...or roasted cubed potatoes with pepper and carrots plus instant chocolate pudding for dessert.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 2 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning


  1. Place hens, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Spoon over hens.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-60 minutes or a meat thermometer reads 180°. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Herb-Roasted Game Hens in Quick Cooking March/April 2001, p46

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Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012

"This actually cooked for about 2 hours, not 50 minutes. Used 2 game hens totally 2.5 pounds. Very good!"

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2009

"I actually have the issue this came from, and it's 20 OUNCES each."

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2008

"I agree -- a TWENTY POUND GAME HEN? Really? Does the recipe work for say a TWO POUND GAME HEN? Seriously -- sounds delicious and I'm about to try it!"

Reviewed Jul. 25, 2008

"a 20 pound game hen?"

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