Chile-Vinegar-Marinated Cornish Game Hens Recipe

I know this post is a couple years old, but I found this recipe through Pinterest recently and tried it out on my boyfriend this past weekend. Not only was my dinner visually beautiful (the hens were cooked to golden perfection!), they were tasty and juicy and flavorful. My bf was thoroughly impressed and it was the perfect late-October dinner for a cozy Saturday night in. Chicken is great and all, but next time you cook, it’s time for you to think outside the cluck. No, we don’t mean turkey, and we don’t mean duck or goose either.

First, prep the cornish hens by rinsing them and then patting them dry. When roasting, never open the oven door to check to see “how things are going” more than you have to. You’re allowed one time and that’s it. You let all the heat out when you open the door, and that really messes with the cooking process. If you save bacon grease after cooking bacon, this is a recipe where you can put it to use! Swap out olive oil for leftover bacon grease and bring on the subtle but nice added flavor.

Braised chicken with artichokes and olives

Using a sharp knife, cut through the breast bone, slightly right of the center. Press down firmly so it’s flat against the board. Cut through on both sides of the backbone to remove it.

  • This recipe is easily adaptable for a single roasting chicken that’s roughly the same weight as the two Cornish hens we used, combined.
  • These Rosemary Cornish hens can be plated for two or cut in half for four.
  • A New York Times bestselling author, she has been cooking nearly everyday for over 30 years.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Cornish hens seasoned with a spice rub and citrus on a bed of rice. I like adding smoked paprika to lots of foods, lol. I’m so happy this was an easy recipe for you, Amy. Using another 1/4 of the oil, coat both sides of the outside of the hen. Sprinkle on 1/4 of herbs on both sides of bird.

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Like I was saying, this last stage is just to get the breast skin nice and crispy. So keep your eye on them as they roast. Check them after 10 minutes and see how they look. You may have to rotate them in order to get even browning. As you can tell from the picture, my oven is old and crappy because the browning is so uneven.

20 minutes is good if you’re just going to pressure cook it. Add air crisp and 17 min. is a bit better at the beginning. Follow our Ninja Foodi cornish hen recipe here for details. Some refer to these as Cornish game hens, the same thing.

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