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Dressed-Up Cornish Hen

"Although our children are grown, it seems like I'm usually feeding a bunch. But when my husband and I dine alone, this is one of our favorite dishes. Stick a couple of baked potatoes in the oven and toss a salad, and you have a great meal."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + marinating Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1 Cornish game hen (20 to 24 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


  • Place Cornish hen in a large resealable plastic bag. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour half of the marinade over hen; seal bag and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight, turning several times. Refrigerate remaining marinade for basting.
  • Drain and discard marinade. Place hen, skin side up, in a greased 9-in. square baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 30 minutes. Baste with reserved marinade. Bake 20-30 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 180°. Cut in half to serve.

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  • scrambledwithcheese
    May 2, 2008

    This was okay. Not my favorite cornish hen recipe. Although it smelled great while cooking, it didn't have a lot of flavor.

  • primberry
    Jan 30, 2008

    Usually breast side up just as a turkey or whole chicken!

  • broadjumper
    Jan 30, 2008

    "Place hen, SKIN SIDE UP." Which side is the "skin side"?