Cornish Game Hens

Cornish Game Hens are one of my favorite things to make and one of the easiest. I don't know why I don't make them more often, I think I just always forget about them for some reason. When Joey brought a couple home the other day I was thrilled. Not only because I love them, but also because they are cheap! Only $.99 a pound! We got two hens for only about $3.00.

They are super simple to make. You start out with the main cooking instructions below and add your own twist. This time I used an apricot glaze that was simple and delicious, but there are many, many other ways to make them.

Another great thing about Cornish hens is that you can make as few or as many as you like. For this recipe I made two.


  • 2 Cornish Game Hens (about 1 - 1/4 pound each)
  • 1/2 cup Apricot Jam
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Clean and truss hens and place on a rack in a roasting pan.
  3. In a small bowl, mix jam, soy sauce, mustard and honey. Set aside.
  4. Roast hens for about 1 hour or until the juices run clear when a thigh is pierced with a knife and a meat thermometer registers 170°.
  5. About 15 or 20 minutes before the hens are done, brush the glaze over the hens.


I find Cornish Game Hens to be the perfect "test" kitchen for testing out new basting methods. They are cheap and you really can't go wrong.


Anonymous June 1, 2009 at 4:34 PM  

The glaze is extremely tasty and the hens came out very moist! A keeper!

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