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Herb and Spice Roasted Cornish Game Hens Recipe

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By Chef John Ash, Fetzer Vineyards

Herb and Spice Roasted Cornish Game Hens Recipe
Herbs, spices, garlic, shallots, and mustard make these rock Cornish game hens special.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes


  • 3 Cornish game hens, livers and gizzards removed and rinsed
  • 3 whole cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 large shallots, peeled and quartered
  • 3 large sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons coarse-grained mustard
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons fines herbes
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place rock Cornish game hens in a large ovenproof baking dish. Place 1 clove garlic, several pieces of shallots, and 1 rosemary sprig into the cavity of each game hen. Rub 1/2 teaspoon salt into the cavity of the hens.

In a small bowl, combine mustards, fines herbes, paprika, fennel seed, pepper, red pepper flakes, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and whisk thoroughly. Coat game hens thoroughly with mixture.

Place in oven and roast for 1-1/4 hours. Remove from oven and serve with buttered corn and braised Swiss chard.

Yield: 3 to 6 servings

Recipe Source: Chef John Ash, Fetzer Vineyards
Reprinted with permission.

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 5 out of 5
Excellent moist game hens, Member JBStar

I cooked this recipe for Christmas Day 2009 and it was a hit. The hens were moist, tender and flavorful; the skin was crispy delicious! The only changes I made to the recipe were: I used only 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes rather than 3/4 tsp; and I cooked the hens on Convection Roast with the first 15 minutes at 425 and the remaining time at 350 degrees. This is an easy, quick and delicious recipe.

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