Savory Roasted Cornish Hens with Roasted Garlic Recipe


Preparation Time1 Hr 30 MinCooking Time1 Hr 40 Min
Ready In3 Hr 10 MinDifficulty LevelBit Difficult
Health IndexAverageServings8
MethodMain Ingredient
Interest Group


 Cornish hens/Free range chicken2
 Freshly squeezed lemon juice1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Lemon pepper4 Teaspoon
 Salt To Taste
 Plum tomatoes/Cherry tomatoes4 Cup (64 tbs), quartered
 Shallots8 Large
 Garlic4 Large
 Chopped fennel2 Cup (32 tbs)
 Salt1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Chopped fresh basil1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), lightly packed
 Red wine1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Bay leaves4
 Lemon slices4
 Fresh rosemary sprig4
For roasted garlic
 Garlic bulb8
 Olive oil1 Teaspoon
 Water3 Tablespoon
 Fresh rosemary sprig8 (For Garnish)
 Lemon1 , cut into 8 slices (For Garnish)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 222 Calories from Fat 88

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 10 g15%

Saturated Fat 2.5 g12.6%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 60.4 mg

Sodium 302.2 mg12.6%

Total Carbohydrates 17 g5.8%

Dietary Fiber 3.3 g13.3%

Sugars 0.4 g

Protein 13 g25.7%

Vitamin A 27.5% Vitamin C 50.9%

Calcium 6.1% Iron 12.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Rinse Cornish hens by allowing water to clean the cavity thoroughly.
3. Prepare a mixture of lemon juice, salt, and lemon pepper and rub it over Cornish hens. Allow to marinated for 1 hour or overnight.

4. In a medium bowl, mix tomatoes, fennel, a little salt, basil, shallots, garlic, and red wine thoroughly.
5. Stuff each of the marinated hen with 1 bay leaf, 1 rosemary sprig, 1 lemon slice, and equal portions of tomato mixture in such a way that the cavity is full.
6. Using a spoon, transfer rest of the filling to a roasting pan bottom.
7. Place the birds atop the filling, with even spacing, topping with lemon marinating juice.
8. Sprinkle a little salt on the mixture and roast for 1 ¼ hours or until skins turn golden brown and juices run clear. If you are using chicken, roast stuffed chicken for 90 minutes.
9. Meanwhile, prepare roasted garlic. Arrange garlic bulbs, after cutting off ½ an inch from top, in a 9-inch baking pan containing water and olive oil. The cut side should come on the top. Cover with a foil or lid.
10. Once the hens are roasted for 30 minutes, place the prepared garlic and bake for 45 more minutes.
11. Transfer the oven to a board or platter and allow to rest for 15 minutes at room temperature.
12. Scoop the filling out from cooled hens and add it to roasting pan with rest of the filling. Discard the bay leaves.
13. Keep the pan on low heat and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. Keep scraping the bottom for browned bits.
14. Halve each of the hens directly down the spine center, slicing entirely through to the other side. Discard the skin, if desired.

15. Arrange the hens on 8 serving plates, with breast flat. Top each of the hens with the filling, garnish with a lemon slice and rosemary sprig.
16. Serve immediately with warm crusty bread slices squeezed with roasted garlic.