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Herb-Stuffed Roasted Cornish Hens

If you're looking to add a touch of elegance to your dinner table, we suggest this moist Cornish game hen recipe. A blend of sage, lemon, onion and garlic give this entree outstanding flavor. —Taste of Home Cooking School
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 70 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 2 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)
  • 12 fresh sage leaves
  • 4 lemon wedges
  • 6 green onions, cut into 2-inch lengths, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 6 small red potatoes, halved


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Gently lift skin from hen breasts and place sage leaves under skin. Place lemon wedges and a third of the onions in the cavities. Tuck wings under hens; tie legs together. Place in a small greased roasting pan.
  • Combine butter, oil, lemon juice and garlic; spoon half of mixture over hens. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Bake 30 minutes. Add potatoes and remaining onions to pan. Brush hens with remaining butter mixture. Bake until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175° and potatoes are tender, 40-45 minutes longer.
  • Remove hens to a serving platter. Stir potatoes and onions to coat with pan drippings. Serve with hens.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts: 1 serving equals 980 calories, 67 g fat (22 g saturated fat), 379 mg cholesterol, 1,398 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 63 g protein.

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  • Corwin44
    Jan 30, 2020

    My family and I loved this recipe! I only had dried sage, so I added 2 tablespoons to the butter mix. I didn’t make the potatoes so I used all of the sauce on the hens. I used a 1/4 of the lemon to fill the cavity. 30 minutes into roasting I added white wine. The results were amazing. I normally would feed 4 people with 2 hens but my boyfriend and I Each ate 1 hen. I served with rice-a-roni, cranberry sauce, and seasoned mushrooms.

  • readerboehm
    Nov 23, 2017

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  • 2124arizona
    May 8, 2017

    A big hit for the Christmas dinner!! Everyone loved them!!

  • NanetteJarrett
    May 27, 2015

    This is a terrific recipe! Instead of using the red potatoes, I made a batch of sage stuffing. I put it around the hens and baked them just like they said to bake the red potatoes. It was awesome!

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    Nov 28, 2012

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    Sep 10, 2012

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  • wandnapper
    Jan 1, 2012

    I am not allowed stuffing or rice so this was an excellent alternative. I cooked it my Nuwave oven and it came out great.

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    Dec 22, 2011

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