Lemon-Thyme Cornish Hens

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min.


2 servings

Updated: Oct. 16, 2022
Now that I've retired from nursing, I have more time to cook and read. My husband loves Cornish hens made this way.


  • 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)


  1. 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.