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Herbed Cornish Hens

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour

Makes

6 servings

The refreshing sauce Mom makes with thyme, lemon juice and butter gives these hens savory flavor throughout. The seasonings in this recipe also work great on a whole roasted chicken. Either way, the result is a mouthwatering feast.—Maria Costello, Monroe, North Carolina

Ingredients

  • 6 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme, divided
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons seasoned salt, divided
  • 1-1/8 teaspoons garlic powder, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Place the hens on a wire rack in a large roasting pan. In a bowl, combine lemon juice, butter, paprika and 1 teaspoon each of thyme, seasoned salt and garlic powder. Pour half over the hens; set the remaining mixture aside for basting. Combine salt, pepper and remaining thyme, seasoned salt and garlic powder; sprinkle over hens. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 30 minutes. Baste with reserved lemon juice mixture. Bake 30 minutes longer, basting occasionally, or until the meat is tender and juices run clear.

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  • justmbeth
    Mar 4, 2013

    Chicken was very tender moist. Didn't have a great deal of flavor over that.

  • Brenda2772
    Apr 15, 2012

    I use this on chicken too.

  • Perticus
    Aug 27, 2010

    This dish was great. It didn't come out as golden as I had hoped but it tasted great. It was my first time making Cornish Hens and I used my own rice stuffing made with Turkey sausage, green peppers, onions and chicken broth.

  • stumpyiam
    Jul 27, 2010

    This was my and my husband's first experience with cornish hens, and they were fabulous! The herbs were absolutely wonderful, and the lemon juice was a fabulous background taste. Definitely a keeper!

  • williamsegraves
    Apr 28, 2010

    Simple, and a very tasty basting sauce!

  • volleyba
    Feb 6, 2010

    We made these for our Christmas Dinner and they were a big hit. Easy to make an very delicious!

  • abreendre
    Aug 16, 2008

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