Butter Roasted Cornish Hens

Roasted Cornish Hens www.bellalimento.com

Cornish hens was one of the very first what I considered to be back then “fancy” dinners I made by myself.  There was something so extravagant about an individual hen for each guest. They made a beautiful presentation on the plate (especially when accompanied by stuffing) and let’s face it they were (and still are) cheaper than prime rib.

Roasted Cornish Hens www.bellalimento.com

Cornish hens are also a great substitution this time of year for turkey – that is if you’re not cooking for a football team and/or don’t like having leftovers for a week. I do like a good turkey sandwich as much as the next girl but by about day three I’m kinda over it if you know what I mean.

I’m going to be sharing my stuffing recipe with you all soon. It’s made with King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread instead of my traditional white bread and it changed the way I think about stuffing (sorry Mom)!


Butter Roasted Cornish Hens


  • 2 Cornish hens - giblets removed
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 large onion - thickly sliced
  • 4 - 6 tablespoons herb compound butter


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Rinse hens with cold water and pat dry. Season inside of hens with salt/pepper. Place hens on top of sliced onions.
  3. Tie legs together with kitchen string or oven proof silicone bands. Rub hens with approximately 2 tablespoons of compound butter and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Roast hens for 35-40 minutes, or until juices run clear. Baste hens with remaining compound butter every 15 minutes.
  5. Allow hens to rest prior to serving.



  1. 1

    These little cornish hens look too good! Love!

  2. 2

    My daughter has asked over the years why we don’t just have Cornish Game Hens for Thanksgiving. Everyone gets their own “turkey”. This recipe makes me want to bring her dream to fruition! YUM. Butter Roasting for the WIN! 🙂

    xo darlin!!

  3. 3

    Looking as delicious as always!


  4. 4

    This is so pretty. I have been wanting to cook cornish hens. I have reason to now. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. 5

    We also do everyone gets their own cornish hen for thanksgiving, it makes packing left overs for guests to take home a lot easier.


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