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Roast Cornish Game Hens

COOK TIME
45 mins
PREP TIME
35 mins
SERVINGS
4
RATE THIS RECIPE
(5)
Tia Mowry cooks with Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski
TODAY Show: Tia Mowry cooks delicious chicken and collard greens with Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, and Al Roker. -- April 29, 2015Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
COOK TIME
45 mins
PREP TIME
35 mins
SERVINGS
4
RATE THIS RECIPE
(5)

Ingredients

  • 4 Cornish hens
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 1 yellow onion, quartered
  • 2 heads garlic, halved
  • 12 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 8 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • Chef notes

    Roast Cornish games hens are as easy to make as chicken -- and everyone gets their own whole bird, which is fun for kids and adults alike.

    Preparation

    Coat each Cornish hen with 2 tablespoons of the butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Into the cavity of each bird, insert a lemon half, an onion quarter, half a garlic head and 3 thyme sprigs. Set aside.

    Spread the carrots and potatoes in an even layer in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish or roasting pan. Add the chicken broth and then the prepared Cornish hens. Roast until the juices run clear and the hens are golden brown, 45 minutes to 1 hour.