Cornish Hens with Rice Dressing

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour 25 min.


2 servings

Updated: Oct. 16, 2022
THIS IS a perfect main dish when you're cooking for two. I've even used these hens as a stand-in for turkey on Thanksgiving Day when the group was not large. I found this recipe among my mother's collection. She was always searching newspapers and magazines for new cooking ideas. —Geraldine Grisdale Mt. Pleasant, Michigan


  • 1-1/3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 Cornish hens (1 to 1-1/2 pounds each)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Pepper to taste


  1. In an ungreased 9-in. square baking dish, combine the broth, rice, mushrooms, celery, onion, 1/4 teaspoon marjoram and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place hens on rice mixture and brush with oil. Sprinkle with pepper and remaining marjoram and salt.
  2. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour. Uncover and bake 25-35 minutes longer or until juices run clear.