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Cornish Game Hen Recipes | Duluth Pack

Cornish Game Hen Recipes

Hey friends, we are here again to share some extraordinary recipes for you and your kitchen this summer, and this time we are taking on Cornish Game Hen. We have a bunch of delicious recipes that are all comprised of individual flavors; some spicy, smoky, sweet, or tangy, that will leave everyone satisfied. Grab your apron and let's get cooking.

Here is some meal inspiration for Cornish Game Hen:

Baked Cornish Game Hens

This delicious recipe option will incorporate satisfying flavors of white wine mixed with rosemary and fresh lemon for a perfect combination on top of a light Cornish Hen meal. This option will take about an hour and fifteen minutes to make all together, and this specific recipe from (Texas Cooking) will serve four. Here is a mouthwatering recipe for baked Cornish Game Hen:


  • 4 Cornish Hens
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (crushed)
  • ½ Cup Butter (melted)
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme/Dried Rosemary
  • White Wine or Dry Sherry (not cooking sherry)


  • The first step is to make sure that the Cornish Hen is thawed and pat dry previously before cooking.
  • Next, you will preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Then, rub the hens with two tablespoons of butter.
  • Use the remaining butter and combine with the rest of the ingredients. (lemon juice, dried thyme/dried rosemary, garlic, and white wine)
  • After, you will bake the Cornish Hen at 350 degrees for about one hour while basting with the butter mixture every fifteen minutes.
  • Remove the Cornish Hens from the oven, let sit for about ten minutes, and enjoy with a fresh salad, roasted sweet potatoes, or green beans.

*Deglaze the pan with a few tablespoons of white wine or dry sherry and use this as a sauce over rice or potatoes for a side dish.

Buttermilk Cornish Game Hen  

If you are intrigued by multiple spices enhancing your meal, this recipe may be for you. This recipe will incorporate chili powder, oregano, thyme, and other spices that will beautifully intensify your taste buds. This recipe was found from (Cooked by Julie) and will serve four, and takes about 1 ½ hour to prepare and cook. Enjoy this appetizing Buttermilk Cornish Game Hen recipe: 


  • 2 Cornish Hens (1 ½ to 2lbs each)
  • 2 Fresh Garlic Cloves
  • 1 ½ Cups Buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • ¼ Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon Thyme
  • ¼ Teaspoon Rosemary
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)


  • First, rinse the Cornish Hen (including the cavity) and pat dry to ensure a crispy exterior).
  • Then, combine the buttermilk, fresh garlic cloves, paprika, oregano, onion powder, chili powder, rosemary, thyme, and salt/pepper in a bowl.
  • Next, place the Cornish Hen in the seasoned buttermilk, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and place in the fridge to marinate for a minimum of two hours (prep earlier if needed).
  • Once you are ready to cook, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Pat the Cornish Hen to remove any excess buttermilk and let then Cornish Hen come to room temperature.
  • Then, place the Cornish Hens on a roasting pan, cover with aluminum foil and cook for one hour and fifteen minutes. (or until the Cornish Hen is fully cooked through)
  • Uncover the Cornish Hen for the last fifteen minutes in the over (for a crisp exterior).
  • Glaze the Cornish Hen with butter and enjoy your meal.

Cajun Cornish Game Hen

This Cajun Cornish Game Hen recipe will give you a kick of flavor and spice that you may be seeking. This recipe calls for a delicious glaze to garnish the Cornish Game Hen that will leave you wanting more. This recipe is from (cd kitchen), serves four, and takes about one to two hours to prepare and cook. Here is a recipe for Cajun Cornish Game Hen:


  • 4 Cornish Hens (1 to 1 ½lbs each)
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Seasoned Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme (crushed)
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano (crushed)
  • ½ Teaspoon Paprika
  • ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper


  • First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Then, combine the seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano, cayenne pepper, paprika, and black pepper in a bowl, and mix well.
  • You will want to dry the Cornish Game Hens and brush thoroughly with olive oil. Next, sprinkle the seasoning mixture evenly over the hens.
  • After evenly distributing the seasoning, place the hens’ breast side up on a baking pan and place it in the oven.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for forty-five to sixty minutes. Note, depending on the size/weight or until they register at 165 degrees with a meat thermometer.
  • Remove from the oven and let stand for five minutes before serving while hot and enjoy your meal.

Grilled Honey Garlic Cornish Hen

This recipe has all of the delicious components included within this meal, including; a sweetness from honey, a spice from garlic, and smoky accents from grilling the meat. This recipe will leave satisfy your cravings and leave you wanting even more. This recipe was found from (intro & fro) and serves two to four. Here is a recipe for Grilled Honey Garlic Cornish Game Hen:


  • 2 Cornish Hens (thawed)
  • 5 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 4 Green Onions (chopped-optional)
  • 1 ¼ Cups Warm Water
  • ¾ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ Cup Kikkoman low-sodium Soy Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Honey
  • 3 Tablespoons Cornstarch


  • First, you will use kitchen shears, remove the backbone of the Cornish Hen, and open up to lay flat (known as 'spatchcock method' and will allow for easier grilling).
  • Next, create a sauce to top the Cornish Hen with the garlic, warm water, brown sugar, Kikkoman soy sauce, and honey.
  • Then, add the Cornish Game Hens to a baking dish, salt, and pepper both sides, and pour the marinade over the top while sprinkling with green onions.
  • Refrigerate your dish from four to twelve hours, flipping halfway to evenly distribute the marinade.
  • Then, preheat the grill to medium-low and oil the grate so that the Cornish Hen does not stick. Once the grill is heated, place the flattened Cornish Game Hens onto the grill.
  • After, grill both sides evenly for approximately forty-five to sixty while basting with marinade every five to ten minutes.
  • Cook until the temperature of the thickest part of the Cornish Game Hens’ thigh reaches 165 degrees, remove from grill, and cover with aluminum foil.
  • Finally, allow the meat to rest for about ten to fifteen minutes before digging in and enjoying it.

Rice-Stuffed Cornish Hen

This delicious recipe has an additional component of flavor with the tasty stuffing that is incorporated within this meal. With flavors from cranberries and pecans, this recipe will satisfy both your salty and sweet senses. This recipe is from (striped spatula), takes about two hours to make and has a serving size of four, enjoy this recipe for Rice-Stuffed Cornish Hen:



  • 1- ½ Cups Cooked Rice
  • ½ Cup Peeled Apples (diced)
  • ½ Cup Sweetened Cranberries (dried)
  • ⅓ Cup Pecans (coarsely chopped)
  • ¼ Cup Onion (chopped)
  • ¼ Cup Celery (chopped)
  • 3 Tablespoons Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley (chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter (unsalted)
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Sage (chopped)
  • 2 Teaspoons Fresh Thyme (chopped)
  • Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Splash Apple Cider


  • 1 Cup Apple Cider
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • Pinch Ground Cinnamon

Cornish Hens

  • 4 Cornish Hens (1.25-1.5lbs each)
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter (unsalted)
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper


The Stuffing

  • First, melt the butter in a skillet until the foaming subsides.
  • Next, add the onions and celery and cook until softened (for about five minutes). After, add pecans, sage, thyme, and ¼ teaspoon of both salt and pepper (cook for three more minutes or until the pecans are fragrant).
  • Deglaze the pan with a small splash of apple cider and scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Then, remove from the heat and stir in the cooked rice, apples, cranberries, and parsley (season to taste with additional salt & pepper & set aside).

Make the Glaze

  • To create the glaze, combine apple cider and maple syrup in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a steady bubble and simmer until the mixture is syrupy and reduce to about ⅓ to ½ cup (about fifteen minutes).
  • Then, whisk in the dijon mustard and cinnamon until smooth, and set aside.

Stuff & Roast the Hens

  • Remove the Cornish Hens from the refrigerator for about thirty minutes before roasting, remove giblets, rinse hens, and pat dry (to ensure crisp exterior).
  • First, preheat the oven to 425 degrees with the rack in the lower third of the oven. Then, place a roasting rack inside of a foil-lined roasting pan (or rimmed baking sheet – spray roasting rack with cooking spray).
  • Then, lightly season the cavities of the hens with salt and pepper. Next, spoon in about ½ cup of the stuffing you created into each cavity and tie it closed with kitchen twine.
  • Next, you will brush the tops and the sides of each hen with melted butter and season with salt and pepper. Then, roast for twenty minutes and reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees.
  • Continue to roast the hens for an additional forty to fifty minutes, while lightly brushing the hens with your glaze every ten minutes starting at the last thirty minutes of the roast (if the hens start to brown too quickly, shield them with a piece of foil).
  • After roasting, make sure to check the internal temperature of the hen (which should read 180 degrees in the thickest part of the thigh - and the juices run clear).
  • Let the hens set for ten minutes before serving and enjoy.

Double Stuffed Cornish Hens with Sausage Stuffing

This particular recipe will also contain additional flavors with the stuffing incorporated within this meal. The delicious taste of sausage, mixed with garlic and onions will give you a heartwarming meal surrounded by friends and family. This recipe came from (Homestead Wishing) which will allow for six servings and will take about two hours and thirty minutes to cook! Enjoy this recipe of Double Stuffed Cornish Hens with Sausage Stuffing:


  • 1 Package Cornish Hens- Twin Pack (thawed)
  • 8-12 Slices Stale Sandwich Bread (about 4 cups when diced)
  • 1 Large Onion (diced)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • Roll Sausage-Original
  • 3-4 Sage Leaves (chopped fine or 2 teaspoons of dried sage)
  • 2-3 Celery Stalks (sliced)
  • 2 Chicken/Turkey Stock/Broth
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)


*Make sure your Cornish Hens are fully thawed before starting to create this delicious meal!

The Breadcrumbs

  • First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Next, spray a cookie sheet with non-stick oil and cut the bread into cubes.
  • Then, place the cubed bread crumbs on the cookie sheet and bake for about fifteen minutes.

The Stuffing

  • First, you will heat the olive oil, while sautéing the celery, onion, and garlic.
  • Next, you will add the sausage and cook thoroughly (brown accordingly to the individual directions)
  • Then, add the butter and sage, mix well, and allow to cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Place the bread into the pan and pour in a little bit of the stock/broth and stir (until all of the bread is soft/soaked of liquid- add more liquid if needed).
  • Add salt and pepper (to taste), turn off the heat, set aside and let cool.

The Cornish Hens

  • First, you will preheat the oven to 400 degrees and get out your broiler pan, while spraying the top and bottom with nonstick spray.
  • Then, place the hens on the pan and stuff the hens with the breaded stuffing you created.
  • Using kitchen twine, tie together the Cornish Hens to keep the stuffing inside, and bake the hens accordingly (usually, it will be one to two hours depending on the weight).

*Check the internal temperature of the thicket part of the thigh (should be at least 165 degrees).

  • Bake the hens thoroughly and enjoy this delicious meal.

Roast Cornish Hens with Melted Onions & Lemons

This combination of bold flavors with the fresh lemon and bitter onion, perfectly pair for a delicious garnish for this Cornish Hen style. This recipe is from (Sweet Paul) and will serve two (four if you cut into halves). Enjoy this Roasted Cornish Hen with Melted Onions and Lemon recipe:


  • 4 to 5 Lemons (Small/Halved)
  • 2 Cornish Hens (About 1 ½ lbs Each)
  • 5 to 7 Springs Fresh Thyme
  • 2 Cups Pearl Onions
  • 1 ½ Cups Vegetable or Chicken Stock
  • 1 Cup Dry White Wine
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Juniper Berries (Gently Crushed in a Mortar)
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper (to taste)


  • First, you will preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Then, in a large skillet (heavy - Cast Iron), bring a healthy pour of olive oil and the butter to a sizzle over medium heat and sauté in the pearl onions. Agitating the pan every so often so that all surfaces brown – about every seven to ten minutes.
  • Season onions with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Pat the hens dry (for a crispy exterior) and rub each with olive oil. Then, season with salt, pepper, and the crushed juniper berries.
  • Next, in the same skillet sear the hens on all sides until browned over medium heat. Then, add the lemon halves and sear for two to three minutes on each side (until the cut surfaces are caramelized/brown).
  • Then, deglaze the skillet with wine and scrape any bits from the bottom of the pan and nestle the pearl onions around the lemon halves and hens.
  • Add the thyme, stock, and season with salt and pepper. Then, bring to a boil and transfer into a preheated oven at 350 degrees.
  • Roast in the oven for twenty to thirty minutes (until juices run clear and cooking liquid has reduced slightly).
  • Remove from the oven, gently and add sauce, onions, lemons, and enjoy your meal.

Instant Pot Cornish Hens

We hear that instant pots have all of the new rages and here is a beautiful and easy recipe for Cornish Game Hens in an Instant Pot. This recipe is from (Roamilicious) of Instant Pot Cornish Hens and turns out delicious: 


  • 2 Cornish Hens
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (smashed)
  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons Poultry Seasoning


  • First, wash Cornish Hens and pat dry for a crispy exterior and rub each hen with two tablespoons of butter.
  • Next, mix salt, pepper, and seasoning, and divide in half and sprinkle on each Cornish Hen.
  • Then, place one clove of garlic and ½ of the chopped onion inside of each hen.
  • After, you will pressure cook for about twenty-eight minutes in your instant pot and let them naturally release for fifteen minutes before serving!

Slow Cooker Creole Cornish Hens

Here is a recipe for your slow cooker that has a delicious creole seasoning to pair with the Cornish Game Hen. What can be better than this? Slow-cooked meat with a spicy and tangy pairing, sounds perfect! Here is a recipe for Slow Cooker Creole Cornish Hens from (Fit Slow Cooker Queen) that takes about five hours to cook to perfection and has a serving size of four:


  • 2 Cornish Hens (1-2lbs Each)
  • 1 ½ Pounds Potatoes (Chopped)
  • 2 Bell Peppers (Sliced or Chopped)
  • 1 Large Onion (Sliced or Chopped)
  • 2 Celery Stalks (Chopped)
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth (For Pressure Cooker)
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil (For Pressure Cooker)
  • ¼ Cup & 1 Tablespoon Creole Seasoning:
    • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
    • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
    • 1 Teaspoon Salt
    • ½ Teaspoon Onion Powder
    • ½ Teaspoon Oregano
    • ½ Teaspoon Thyme
    • ½ Teaspoon Cayenne
    • ½ Teaspoon Pepper


Slow Cooker

  • First, you will rub ¼ cup creole seasoning evenly over the two Cornish Game Hens.
  • Then, add the potatoes, bell peppers, celery, and onion into the slow cooker. Season with 1 tablespoon of creole seasoning and nestle the Cornish Hens on top of the rest of the food previously placed in the slow cooker.
  • Finally, cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 5-6 hours.
  • Let sit for a little while before serving and enjoying!

Electric Pressure Cooker

  • First, you will rub ¼ cup of creole seasoning evenly distributed over the Cornish Hens.
  • Then, turn on the pressure cooker and turn to sauté. Once the pressure cooker is hot, add oil, bell peppers, onions, and celery to the pot and cook for two to five minutes (or until the vegetables are soft).
  • Next, you will pour in broth or water and deglaze the bottom of the pressure cooker by scraping all the bits off with a wooden spoon and add Cornish Hens with the potatoes topping off the hens.
  • After, you will close the lid and seal valve and set on HIGH for about twenty minutes. To quick-release the pressure, let rest for a little while before serving and enjoying!

Honey BBQ Glazed Cornish Hen

This recipe entails the elements of both sweet and tangy with the glaze of Honey BBQ topping off the scrumptious Cornish Game Hens. Here is a recipe from (Chef Uniforms) for this Honey BBQ Glazed Cornish Game Hens meal:



  • 1 Cornish Hen
  • 1 Cup Pearl Onions
  • 1 Cup Chicken Stock
  • ½ Cup Carrots (Sliced)
  • ½ Cup Olive Oil
  • ⅓ Yams (Diced)

Dry Rub (Mix All Ingredients Together)

  • 2 Tablespoon Complete Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoon paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Cayenne
  • 2 Teaspoon Granulated Garlic


  • 1 Cup BBQ Sauce
  • 2 oz White Vinegar
  • 2 oz Honey
  • 2 oz Soy Sauce


  • The first thing you will want to do is place the Cornish Hen, pearl onion, sliced carrots, diced yams, and the chicken stock all in an oven-safe pan.
  • Then, combine the dry seasoning with olive oil and rub evenly over the Cornish Hens.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and cook for about forty minutes at 350 degrees (until thoroughly cooked).
  • Then, you will remove the aluminum foil and brush on honey barbeque sauce and cook for about seven more minutes, and enjoy your meal!

Apricot Glazed Cornish Hens

This is a unique twist for pairing with your Cornish Game Hen. Here is a recipe for an Apricot Glaze Cornish Game Hen from (Plating’s and Pairings) that will take about an hour and twenty-five minutes to prepare and cook and will serve four:


  • 4 Cornish Hens (Rinsed and Pat Dried)
  • 1 Shallot (Minced)
  • 1 Jar Hero Apricot (Fruit Spreads Preserves 12oz)
  • ¼ Cup Soy Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter


  • First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and in a small saucepan, melt the butter, and sauté the shallots over medium heat for about five minutes (until translucent).
  • Then, add in the apricot preserves, Dijon mustard, and soy sauce, and simmer until thickens (about ten minutes). Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  • Next, you will want to season the hens with salt and pepper. (a healthy amount) Then, take a basting brush and glaze the entirety of the hens’ exterior.
  • After the Cornish Hens are marinated, place them on the roasting pan (breast side up) and roast for twenty minutes, uncovered, and re-glaze. Repeat this same process two more times, every fifteen minutes (at the 35 and 50-minute mark). After coking for a full sixty minutes, check the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh before removing from heat (should be at least 165 degrees in thighs and 170 in the breast).
  • Let rest for ten minutes before serving this savory meal!

Cast Iron Skillet Cornish Hen

This is our favorite kind of recipe, (anything cooked in a cast Iron skillet). Try this delicious Cast Iron Skillet Cornish Game Hen recipe from (The Mediterranean Dish) that encompasses flavors including; onion, lemon juice, garlic, and nutmeg. This specific recipe will take about one hour and fifteen minutes to prepare and cook and will serve four:


  • 4 Cornish Hens (1-1 ½ lbs Each)
  • 2 Celery Sticks (Cleaned/Chopped in Large Pieces)
  • 1 Large Sweet Onion (Roughly Chopped)
  • 1 Lime or Lemon Juice
  • 2 Cup Chicken Broth
  • For Spice Rub:
    • 15-20 Garlic Cloves
    • 1 Lime or Lemon Juice
    • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
    • 2 ½ Teaspoons Hot or Sweet Paprika
    • 1 ½ Teaspoon Ground Allspice
    • 1 ½ Teaspoon Dried Thyme
    • 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
    • ½ Teaspoon Nutmeg
    • Salt


  • First of all, you will want to preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Combine the garlic spice rub ingredients in a food processor and work it until the spices turn into a pasty spice mixture/rub.
  • Evenly distribute this dry rub onto the hens. (make sure to apply evenly on the outside, inside and underneath)
  • Next, heat a lightly-oiled Cast Iron Skillet and turn the heat to medium-high and brown each one of the hens on all sides (set aside to cool once browned).
  • After the hens have cooled, stuff the Cornish Hens with the chopped onions and celery, and squeeze the juice from lime/lemon onto the surface of the hens (add seasoned salt if preferred).
  • Next, place the spiced hens in a large Cast Iron Skillet and add two cups of chicken broth.
  • You will then bake the hens at 425 degrees for about one to one hour and fifteen minutes while basting with broth every fifteen minutes (cook until the juices run clear).
  • Finally, remove from the oven and cover loosely with foil for fifteen minutes before serving and enjoying.

We hope you were able to get some inspiration and found a recipe that you will enjoy preparing and cooking. If you have any questions or want to share any of your fabulous Cornish Game Hen recipes with us, give us a shout at marketing@duluthpack.com

Happy cooking, friends!