Cornish game hens are often available frozen, though you can also find them in the fresh meat department, especially around the holidays. To defrost a frozen game hen, keep it in its original packaging. Transfer it to the fridge, on a plate or tray of some sort in case it leaks as it thaws. Carefully cut each hen in half lengthwise.
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- Peel 3 cloves of garlic and cut the rest of the garlic head in half.
- Of course, these chickens are widely consumed in households as well!
- If you use salted butter, decrease the salt in this recipe and use only 2 teaspoons.
They can be made ahead of time and reheated in the oven, however the crispy skin will never fully regain its original glory. At 40 minutes, lower the oven temperature to 350°F so it is at the smoke point of the butter. Remove the hens and baste with well on just the top side with half of the butter . Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes. Baste again and continue to bake for another 10 minutes. Depending on the size of the birds, you might have a little butter leftover, that is fine, just discard it.
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If you are looking for a one-pot weeknight dinner try this Cornish game hen recipe from Tia Mowry. The hens are rubbed with a generous amount of butter and seasonings before being stuffed with lemon and garlic. Then they are roasted to perfection over a bed of potatoes and carrots.
Then brush hens with BBQ sauce in the last few minutes of cooking. I would suggest one cornish game hen per adult and teenager, and one for 2-3 children . I would recommend fully defrosting the frozen cornish hen and then cooking. For faster defrosting, you can defrost in a bowl of water in the sink.
What to Serve With Roasted Cornish Hens
Remove the packaging from the cornish game hens. If there is a piece of paper stuck to them then run them under the water to remove the paper. Overall air fried cornish hens are a super easy one pot meal done in under 45 minutes flat. We serve them with air fryer broccoli, asparagus or biscuits in air fryer. They should continue to cook once off of the smoker, reaching the safe internal temperature of 165°.
With that kind of prep and cooking time, that’s weeknight dinner to me, but I’d be happy to serve them any holiday. Remove from packaging and place on a cutting board. Pat dry with a paper towel and allow to rest at room temperature for minutes. We served this dish with a small side salad and some dinner rolls.