Roasted Cornish Game Hens


Cornish Game Hens are a hybrid chicken.  They were not around until after the 1950’s.  They are not wild birds and have a different taste than a typical chicken.  They can be made in many ways, including roasting them on the grill or on a smoker.

Serving Size: 4 people


2 cornish game hens

2 sprigs of rosemary

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2 tablespoons butter, melted

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons pepper

2 teaspoons onion powder or onion salt

2 teaspoons garlic salt

2 teaspoons seasonal, optional


1. Turn the grill onto medium or if you have a smoker turn it to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Wash the game hens in cold water, both inside and out.

3. Pat the chicken dry and set to the side.

4. Place one minced garlic clove and one sprig of rosemary into the cornish game hen.  Tie the legs shut with string (if you do not have string, you can use toothpicks that have been soaked in water).

5. With a pastry brush, brush the butter all over the game hen.  This will allow for a crispy skin.

6. Sprinkle the game hen with the salt, pepper, onion powder (or salt),  garlic salt, and seasonal.


7. Roast the game hen until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, approximately one hour.

8. Remove the game hen and allow to sit for five minuets.

One cornish game hen can feed two people.  I normally give each person a leg, a wing and a breast.  You can decide on how you would like to split this tasty bird.

Serve this with your favorite starch and vegetable.  You can also have a glass of your favorite wine with this meal.

Please comment and let me know what you decided for your side dish.


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