Keto Spice-Roasted Cornish Game Hens Recipe

Now it is my chance to make this amazing meal. Pat hens dry with paper towels and place breast-side-down on a large cutting board. Using sharp kitchen shears, remove the backbone by cutting along either side of it. Press firmly on breast to flatten the chicken.

  • Cover the birds with foil and allow them to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Since most of our family lives up north, we usually have small Holiday dinners at home.
  • They look beautiful on the plate, their crisp wings tucked akimbo under bronze-colored breasts.

Rub each Cornish hen with 1 tsp of butter or coconut oil. Sprinkle the hens with 1 tbsp of fresh rosemary and ½ tsp paprika each. Cornish hens can also be cooked with or without basting. For example, the above recipe only calls for a simple, stuffed hen, but there are other ways to cook the bird using different sauces, marinades, and bastes. Roasted Cornish hens are great for dinner dates and can be an excellent alternative to turkey and large broiler chickens. If using a box stuffing, empty contents into a bowl and add enough water or Papa's Freezeria chicken stock to moisten then add the onion and celery and mix together.

Plop the cornish hens in the water, cover, and brine in the refrigerator for two to three hours. The easiest way to tell if a cornish hen is done is to use a meat thermometer. It should be inserted into the thickest part of the thigh and should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also tell if a cornish hen is done by cutting into it with a knife.

Roasted Cornish Game Hens with Lemon and Rosemary

Place one squeezed lemon rind and two halves of shallot into the cavity of each of the birds. 1 ½ pound Cornish hens should take about 24 hours to defrost. You can speed up the process by placing the frozen hen into a bowl of cold water and allowing it to defrost at room temperature. This should take about 2 to 3 hours.

When you’re single and cooking for one, you won’t roast a whole chicken that often. Sure, they’re small - particularly compared to the turkeys we’ve been gobbling. But that’s one of their most endearing traits.

Curried Sweet Potato Soup With Chicken

The spice rub for this recipe is 6 tablespoons. With the exception of the tablespoon of each salt and pepper feel free to mix up the spice combination. Below are some herbs and spices that work well with the Cornish hens. After eating quite a few of these little guys I found out that the only difference between Cornish game hens and regular chickens is just their size. They are chickens that do not reach maturity.

Or, for the optional gravy, add chicken broth to the strained pan juices and thicken it with a cornstarch slurry. See the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Thaw frozen hens safely and completely for 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator before cooking. Set them on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any juices that might escape the packaging. They may look fancy but Cornish hens are so very easy to make. In fact, they were on the menu the first time I cooked dinner for my husband when I was just 18 years old.

Add shallots, carrot, and celery; season with ¼ teaspoon salt and a pinch pepper; cook until vegetables are softened and starting to brown, 6–8 minutes. To ensure even cooking, buy cornish hens that are similar in weight. Once you remove the cornish hens from the freezer, place them in the fridge for 24 to 36 hours to allow the cornish hens to thaw. Chardonnay is a good choice to drink with Cornish hens. This white wine has buttery and oak flavors that go well with the poultry’s rich flavor.