Healthy Recipe | Cornish Game Hens with Garlic & Rosemary

cornish game hen with rosemary recipe

Don’t be surprised if this becomes your signature dish. Cornish game hens pair perfectly with garlic and rosemary and a touch of lemon which really sets it apart. This recipe is fantastic for any holiday or family event. This is a melt-in-your-mouth recipe, packed with flavor that your tastebuds will love!

Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary Recipe


  • 4 Cornish game hens
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary (garnish)
  • 24 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup white cooking wine (Holland House)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Rub hens with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Lightly season hens with salt and pepper. Place 1 lemon wedge and 1 sprig rosemary in cavity of each hen. Roast in pre-heated oven for 25 minutes.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together wine, broth, and remaining 2 lbs of olive oil; pour over hens. Continue roasting about 25 minutes longer or until hens are golden brown and juices run clear. Baste with pan juices every 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer hens to platter, pouring any cavity juices into the roasting pan. Tent hens with aluminum foil to keep warm. Transfer pan juices and garlic cloves to a medium saucepan and boil until liquids reduce to a sauce consistency – about 6 minutes. Cut hens in half lengthwise and arrange on plates. Spoon sauce and garlic around hens. Garnish wtih rosemary sprigs and serve.

**Measure protein servings accordingly**


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