Lemon-Thyme Cornish Hens Recipe

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Now that I've retired from nursing, I have more time to cook and read. My husband loves Cornish hens made this way.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)


  1. In an bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Place hens on a rack in a shallow baking pan. Tuck wings under hen. Spoon half of butter sauce over hens. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 40-45 minutes or until juices run clear and a meat thermometer reads 180°, basting occasionally with remaining sauce. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Lemon-Thyme Cornish Hens in Cooking for One or Two Cookbook 2003, p158

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Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"i made this recipe with two 16 oz hens at 420 degrees for 45 min. it was soo good. loved it"

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