Roasting Cornish hens is a reliable, tasty and fairly easy way to get the best results, and simply requires rubbing the hens with seasoning and olive oil, before roasting for around 1 hour at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. The hens can also be stuffed with a variety of ingredients for additional flavor.
Before cooking, Cornish hens should be cleaned by rinsing in water, and then dried. Once the hens have been prepared, follow the instructions below:
- Prepare the seasoning
- Prepare the stuffing
- Place the hens in the oven
Mix together a seasoning for the hens using a tablespoon each of salt, pepper (lemon pepper can also be used), some dried herbs (basil works well) and poultry seasoning. Once combined, rub olive oil onto the hens, and then apply the seasoning. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
A bell pepper, two stalks of celery and an onion works well with Cornish hens, so start by chopping the ingredients into medium-sized chunks, before combining and adding to the cavity of each bird.
Once stuffed, add the hens to the oven and cook for around 1 hour. A meat thermometer can be used to check if the birds are cooked by placing the probe in the thickest part of the thigh. If the gauge reads around 165 degrees Fahrenheit, then the birds should be ready. The juices should also run clear, not pink, once the meat is cooked.