A Cornish hen, also known as a game hen, poussin or rock Cornish, is a small hybrid chicken typically sold whole. Contrary to the name, the chicken is domesticated and can be either male or female. The flesh of a Cornish hen is softer and juicer than that of a typical chicken. It takes well to light seasoning and cooks best when roasted. Roast Cornish hens have a rich, crispy exterior with succulent and flavorful meat. Approximately an hour is required to roast Cornish hens. This recipe is for one Cornish hen; modify it to suit your needs.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Coat the Cornish hen with a layer of olive oil and sprinkle a seasoning blend over the top. Place the Cornish hen into a baking pan.
Stuff the body cavity of the Cornish hen with the roughly chopped vegetables. Poke a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the hen's thigh, ensuring the thermometer does not touch bone.
Place the hen into the oven to roast for about an hour or until the thermometer registers 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Remove the hen from the oven and cover it loosely with a sheet of aluminum foil. Allow the roast hen to rest for 10 minutes before discarding the foil. Serve the roasted Cornish hen while it is hot.
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- Food Network; Roasted Cornish Game Hens; Pat and Gina Neely