Cornish Game Hens with Cider-Sage Sauce

Served this for our friends wine night and everyone was so impressed. Thank you for making me look good.

Tent birds with aluminum foil to keep warm. I don’t recommend skipping the step of letting the Cornish hens marinate with the rub overnight. This provides enough time for the birds to absorb the flavors of the rub and helps them get tender and juicy. When roasting poultry, it is best to have a roasting pan.

Cornish Hens with Lemon and Herbs

With the oven rack in the center position. Saute 1/2 c of yellow onion and 1/2 c of bell pepper for approximately three minutes. Onion and bell pepper, and saute for approximately three minutes. Use any of your favorite seasonings.

  • Stuff each hen with 3/4 cup stuffing.
  • Combine the remaining 1/4 cup maple syrup with the jam, melted butter, soy sauce, ginger, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove the hens from the brine, pat dry, then cut the backbone off of the hens.
  • However, Cornish hens can last 5-8 months when stored correctly in the freezer.

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How to Reheat Cornish Hens

Serve immediately with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt on top. In a medium bowl, combine 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, 2 Tbsp olive oil, the zest of 1 lemon, 2 Tbsp chopped rosemary, 2 Tbsp chopped sage, and 2 Tbsp chopped garlic. Think of this Cornish hen recipe as a standard roasted chicken, just smaller in size. It can pair with anything from Mashed Potatoes to Blistered Haricots Verts to your favorite go-to salad. Have an instant-read thermometer on hand to ensure the game hen is fully cooked.

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If you can’t find Cornish hens, small chickens will do. Air fryer Cornish hens are a great option when you want to make a special meal, but don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Their small size makes them perfect for the air fryer, and air frying results in crispy, juicy, and perfectly cooked meat. Plus, it’s a lot less hassle than roasting a hen in the Cooking Games – Restaurant Games oven.

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