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How to Defrost a Cornish Hen in the Microwave

author image Darla Ferrara
Writing since 1999, Darla Ferrara is an award-winning author who specializes in health, diet, fitness and computer technology. She has been published in "Mezzo Magazine" and Diet Spotlight, as well as various online magazines. Ferrara studied biology and emergency medical technology at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College.
How to Defrost a Cornish Hen in the Microwave
Two baked cornish hens. Photo Credit: ChrisHynes/iStock/Getty Images

A Cornish hen is a small fryer that weighs 1 to 2 lbs. Like all forms of chicken, Cornish hens need to be properly handled to avoid food-borne illness. Part of this process is the defrosting of a frozen bird. The microwave allows you to thaw your hen immediately before cooking it. In the microwave, defrosting will take less than 20 minutes.

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Step 1

Remove the Cornish hen from the packaging and place it on a microwave-safe plate. There is no need to wash the chicken prior to cooking it.

Step 2

Set the plate in the microwave. Turn the oven on following the instructions provided with the microwave for defrost. For example, some units have a switch or button that indicate the defrost cycle. Run the microwave for five minutes on the defrost cycle.

Step 3

Turn the hen over on the plate. Defrost it for an additional three minutes.

Step 4

Leave the hen in the microwave for 10 minutes once the defrost cycle ends. This will complete the thawing.

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