Cornish Game Hen with Whiskey and Cream Sauce – Maná & Cia Alimentos
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Cornish Game Hen with Whiskey and Cream Sauce

Cornish Game Hen with Whiskey and Cream Sauce

Seasoning – A general poultry or chicken seasoning adds lots of flavor and helps the chicken to brown. You will also want to use salt and pepper to taste. You can always change things us and use your favorite seasonings or fresh herbs. Cornish game hens should have an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also tell if your hens are done if your meat is no longer pink and the juices run clear.

  • Let sit at room temperature 30 minutes.
  • This will avoid the guesswork, over/under cooking, or slicing into the hens to check and losing all those juices.
  • Using a paper towel, lightly pat the hens dry.

Sprinkle vegetables and hens with salt and pepper. While the bread is toasting, finely chop the onion, carrots, and celery. Heat the butter and ¼ cup chicken broth in a large skillet.


Imagine my shock when I found out that they are not Cornish but that is the name of the breed. I felt that everything was a lie, well for about 23 seconds before I took another bite. Roasting Cornish game hens is a perfect way to make an easy weekday meal. These hens are packed with flavor and will make a great meal for those that have a big appetite.

You may need to add more while cooking. Before you place the hens in the Dutch oven or dish, we have to handcuff them! Wrap the wings behind the chicken and secure, that way we have something that hen can rest on in the oven. Season hens with 1/2 tbs of seasoned salt, garlic salt, cayenne pepper, and smoked paprika. Season hens with seasoned salt, garlic salt, cayenne pepper, and smoked paprika. Join the GypsyPlate mailing list and get easy dinner recipes right in your mailbox.

Coat the potatoes with cooking spray and bake until golden, minutes. Tuck the wings under the body of the bird. Use a bamboo skewer to pin the legs together, cutting off the excess skewer. Place the dressed birds onto shallow baking dish fitted with a wire rack. Brush the outsides of the birds with olive oil.

Air Fryer Cornish Hen

On a cutting board, cut the cornish hens from its wrappings and pat the skin dry with a paper towel. Celery root was not available so was omitted. Reduced the temp to 400 F (I also had bread in the oven, which typically doesn’t do well at 475) after adding the hens. I basted twice during the cooking, and the hens were done about 10 minutes early even at the lower temperature.

Spicy Sausage Stuffed Cornish Game Hens with Goat Cheese Polenta

Place the hens on a baking sheet with a lot of space between them. You may need to use two baking sheets. Adjust accordingly to ensure internal temperature reaches 180°F. Hi Pamela, this can be found in step 1 of the recipe.

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