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Herb-Roasted Game Hens Recipe

Herb-Roasted Game Hens Recipe

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. YIELD: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.

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omnijen User ID: 6475476 29883
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012

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

calnorth User ID: 520738 46266
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2009

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

martymi User ID: 3208300 84865
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!"

plovestocook User ID: 2706851 85450
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2008

"a 20 pound game hen?"

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