Roasted Cornish Game Hen

This recipe was inspired by my late grandmother who would prepare chicken this way.  I didn’t have chicken but I did have a couple of Cornish game hens so I substituted those. In this recipe, Cornish game hens are slow roasted in the oven with sliced onions, soy sauce, garlic and butter. The result is tender meat with a savory sauce that is perfectly matched with some jasmine rice.

Roasted Cornish Game Hen Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 2 cornish game hens
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter, cut into 1/4 inch squares
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 cups prepared jasmine rice



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Rinse the game hens, remove the giblets if present. Season the cavity with kosher salt and pepper.


Place the game hens in a baking dish large enough to hold both of them. Lay the sliced onions around the game hens, sprinkle with granulated garlic, pepper and kosher salt (Note: Go easy on the salt since you will be using soy sauce). Sprinkle butter cubes around the hens. Pour soy sauce over. Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes. Basting every 20 minutes.


Remove foil and cook 30 more minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the hen registers 180 degrees and the hen is golden brown. Cover and let rest 10 minutes.


Cut game hens in half. Serve over prepared jasmine rice. Spoon sauce over the top.


Note: As I mentioned before my grandmother would prepare her chicken this way so you can use one cut up fryer chicken if you would like, the cooking times will vary. Not only do these taste great, but the smell from your kitchen will leave your mouth watering. Enjoy!

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    November 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I just made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. I substituted mashed potatoes for the rice though! Will definitely be making this again – thank you!

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    November 17, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I’ve tried many different game hen recipes, but this is the easiest and BEST recipe. It will now be my go-to recipe for these little guys. Thanks!

    • Reply
      November 19, 2010 at 8:58 am

      You’re welcome Shelley!!

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    March 20, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Ooo, I have eight hens thawing in my fridge right now, and wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them (I mean, serve them, obviously, but in terms of preparation). I’ll have to bookmark this as research, thank you for sharing!!

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      March 20, 2009 at 2:42 pm

      Aleta: My oh My that is a lot of game hens! You’re welcome!

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    March 19, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks Mom and Tina! :)

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    February 13, 2009 at 9:06 am


    You are doing such a great job and your recipies are outstanding. I had The roasted cornish game hen with your mom and it was fabulous!!!!! I have put a book together of your recipies, mom sent you a photo of it keep up the great job, and the recipies will continue to go into the book and we will all be preparing them for our families. We love you and are all so proud of you.

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    February 13, 2009 at 8:42 am

    I made this dish last night with just chicken thighs and legs. It was fantastic! My husband was licking his plate.

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    February 10, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    what a perfect meal… :)

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