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Dressed-Up Cornish Hen

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + marinating Bake: 50 min.


2 servings

"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."


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°. Drain and discard marinade. Place hen, skin side up, in a greased 9-in. square baking dish.
  3. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes. Baste with reserved marinade. Bake until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°, 20-30 minutes longer. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting in half to serve.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 hen: 561 calories, 47g fat (10g saturated fat), 175mg cholesterol, 650mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein.

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