April 7, 2015

I Love You A Cornish Hen and a Peck {Recipe Files}

Morning, pretty girls! I hope you are doing well. I'm honestly still trying to recover from my busy and filling weekend. Homegirl over indulged on the bread, sweets and candy so I've been a bit under the weather since Sunday. Hopefully clean eating last night and today will get me right back on track, because feeling like this is no bueno. 

Today I'm sharing our Cornish Hen recipe with y'all. I've had quite a few people ask for it, so figured when we made them for Easter I'd snap a few pictures to share. Quick lil price info, these guys aren't cheap when they aren't on sale, so Le Husband and I constantly scout the stores looking for a good deal. Sometimes you just have to be patient, and just grab them when you see them on sale. They freeze well if you don't want to immediately use them.   

What You'll Need: 
Cornish Game Hen {either found frozen or fresh. Ask your grocery store meat guy}
A roasting pan or deep pan with rack or grate.
EVOO
Fresh herbs {Rosemary, Thyme, Sage}
Salt and Pepper
Lemons
Pearl onions or regular onions quartered
Carrots quartered
Potatoes {we used purple potatoes at Easter for color}
Chicken Stock {about a cup or two. You want to barely coat the bottom of the roasting pan.}

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place rack in roasting pan. You don't want your hens sitting IN the juice, just on top of it. Pat all chickens with a paper towel, inside and out, and remove any gizzards if they are found inside the body cavity. Mix together EVOO with cut up herbs and EVOO in a bowl and set aside [We used about 1/3 of a cup for seven hens and use about four tablespoons for two hens]. 

Step 2: Halve lemons, peel pearl onions, cut carrots and clean potatos. 



Step Three: Using your hands [yes you have to get dirty] rub the herb and EVVO mixture all over the outside and inside of the game hens. Try to a decent amount on the top of them so it drizzles down while cooking. Stuff two halves of the lemons in the rears [haha, I know] and then lay breast side down on the rack in the pan. Pour the chicken stock into the pan until it just coats the bottom.



Step Four: Place pan in oven and set the timer for 45 minutes. Once the timer goes off, add the veggies to the pan and return to oven. Set timer for another 45 minutes and enjoy the delicious smell.

Step Five: When the timer goes off, set the temperature to broil and set timer for one minute to crisp the skin. Don't walk away and forget about it because they will burn. Remove from oven and let rest in pan for five minutes.

Step Six: Gently and carefully remove the hens from the pan and place on plate. Place veggies on plate or in a bowl to serve. Be careful when digging into the hens, the meat will be piping hot. I suggest you eat the crispy skin first then work your way through the bird, the skins the best part ;)! These lil babies may look small but you will be stuffed once you're done, I promise! There is plenty of dark and white meat for those that have a preference.



Don't they look delicious and don't they sound simple? I hope y'all give them a try, I know you'll enjoy them. Let me know if you have any questions about the recipe! Have a fabulous day, friends!

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25 comments:

Christina Sotherden said...

Girlfirend, wow! Your cooking is the real deal; these look great! I'm so right there with you on the clean eating this week.. I think I went into a sugar coma on Sunday; I way over indulged!

Jess said...

That title made me laugh out loud. We say that all the time only not the cornish hen part. Ha ha! That looks so yummy!

Elle Sees said...

it looks delicious! i'v3 not had cornish hen in quite some time.

BLovedBoston said...

I love how perfectly sized they are - looks delicious! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

Mree said...

So yummie!! I haven't had a cornish hen is so long. I totally need to make this, looks easy enough for me. I can barely cook. Lol.

Jen said...

I love cornish hens, they are so good and really flavorful.

MakeMeUpMia said...

Yesss they look so tasty, and simple! I've never tried making any but I kind of want to now :) Yum!

Tori G said...

wow! These look amazing and cooked to perfection!

Andrea Nine said...

I love those little suckers. Gonna try these, I like your recipe better than mine. Yummo and thank you pretty girl!!

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carissajade said...

this looks awesome! I need to learn to cook. :)

Rebecca Jo said...

As the group vegetarian, you know I'm gonna say it... poor little birds :)
You are taking beautiful food photography though

Kathy@RealTalk said...

those look so yum and girlfriend, your photography is on point.

Lindsay @ Broke and Bougie said...

I have NEVEr had cornish hen and that is going to change! Pinning this!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

I've always been so intimidated by this recipe, but it looks DELISH!

Hope you feel better soon *hugs*.

Julia said...

I don't think I've ever had Cornish Hens but these look delicious! Love how they are perfectly portioned too!

Erin LFF said...

You are a CHEF woman!!! I am so intimidated by large pieces of meat - haha! Turkeys, hens, etc- I've never attempted it but THIS gave me hope!

Emily said...

Sounds amazing and looks like you made a few of them so how many people does 1 bird feed?

Meghan @ Me as Meghan said...

These looks delicious! I'm glad I already have dinner on the stove because I am so hungry after seeing this now!

Maddie said...

Those look really really good. I can smell them from here (??)

Ashley said...

They look delish!

busymomconfessional.com said...

They look amazing! <3

Myra said...

OH yum!! I just had my protein shake and now I'm craving Cornish Hen for lunch, lol. Saving this recipe to give it a whirl! Thanks for sharing, doll. xx

Janna Renee said...

YUM! I've never seen red pearl onions. I love you a bushel and a peck, but the Cornish hen works too ;)

Alisha said...

Those look so yummy! I have never made them before, but they are delish!

Kay R. said...

That looks delicious! Ive never tried it but it really does look yummy!