The cornish hens are first brushed with herb butter made with Italian seasoning , fresh thyme, butter, and olive oil. Because of their small size, cornish game hens only need a few hours in a brine to absorb the benefits. Frankly, if you’re in a time crunch, you can skip the brine. Brining isn’t necessary but it is an insurance policy for moist meat. Place the game hen in the air fryer basket and cook to 380ºF for 20 minutes breast side down and 10 minutes breast side up. Check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer; the cornish hen should reach 165º F.
You can simply roast your Rock Cornish game hens as you might roast any chicken or other poultry. However, by adding the raspberry sauce that I share in this recipe, you will bring your hens to a new level of deliciousness. I’m not entirely sure why, conceptually, I feel so uncomfortable with these food fusions/aka food thievery. Historically almost all cuisine has evolved by stealing.
And don’t forget to serve them with some delicious sides! With these tips, you’ll be able to cook your cornish hens perfectly every time. In this recipe, I’ll show you how to smoke cornish game hens that results in a tender, juicy bite every time. Line baking dish with rosemary sprigs. Place game hens on top of rosemary, breast side up.
My bf was thoroughly impressed and it was the perfect late-October dinner for a cozy Saturday night in. Cornish hens Cooking Games – Restaurant Games are a breed of chicken that is served at a young age compared to regular chickens. They are much smaller in size; 1.5-2 pounds versus 5 pounds so they are perfect for serving to a small guest list or even cooking them for yourself. Transfer hens to a cutting board and halve each lengthwise along backbone. Transfer vegetables with a slotted spoon to a platter. Sprinkle parsley over vegetables and top with hen pieces.
I used equal amounts of rosemary, thyme and flat parsley , but feel free to use any flavor combo you want of one or more herbs. Tarragon is another interesting flavor choice, as is marjoram or even mint. Parsley will be used in the butter as well, but can be omitted or swapped with another fresh herb. If using dried herbs, use 1-2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning. Oven Roasted– This are cornish hens made in the oven, not the grill.
Have a chicken in the slow cooker right now and it’s really starting to smell good. Rinse hens with cold water and pat dry. Season inside of hens with salt/pepper. Bake, covered with foil, at 325 degrees F.