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Lemon-Thyme Cornish Hens

Now that I've retired from nursing, I have more time to cook and read. My husband loves Cornish hens made this way.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)


  • In an bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Place hens on a rack in a shallow baking pan. Tuck wings under hen. Spoon half of butter sauce over hens. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 40-45 minutes or until juices run clear and a thermometer reads 180°, basting occasionally with remaining sauce.

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  • dizzydee6
    Mar 9, 2009

    i made this recipe with two 16 oz hens at 420 degrees for 45 min. it was soo good. loved it

  • bbaum.tx
    Feb 8, 2009

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