Cornish hens roasted with fresh squeezed lemon juice, garlic powder, Kosher salt and black pepper with a white wine pan gravy.
Basically, a Cornish Hen (a.k.a. Cornish Game Hen or Rock Cornish Hen) is a hybrid chicken that is raised to grow at a more rapid rate than a regular hen and usually doesn’t weigh more than 2 lbs. As my daughter likes to call them “little chickens”.
They are super moist and you can prepare them just like you would a roasted full size chicken. With this one in particular, I just squeezed some fresh lemon juice on top, sprinkled on some seasonings, added a little wine to help baste it and the outcome was a deliciously easy, lemony tasting meal.
When visiting my Mom a few months ago in Florida, she made something similar using her Meyer lemons and some limes too; which was also very good. Once cooked, you cut them in half down the center bone, removing the back bone, and then serve half of a cornish hen per person. ~Enjoy!
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Lemon Roasted Cornish Hens
For the Gravy
- 1 c. White Wine
- 1 tbsp. Butter
- 1 tbsp. Flour
- 1 c. Low Sodium Chicken Broth
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
- Rinse and pat dry your hens and place them in an oven safe roasting pan (careful to remove all of the innards).
- Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice onto each piece of meat, then place one half into the cavity of the bird. Season the meat with garlic powder, salt, pepper and parsley then spray with cooking spray.
- Add the wine to the bottom of the pan and bake for approximately 60-70 minutes or until the proper internal temperature of 180 degrees F is reached. Remove from the oven and let rest 10 minutes before cutting each bird in half. Serve with gravy if desired.
For the Gravy
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan on top of the stove; then whisk in the flour forming a roux.
- Add the pan drippings and the broth to the pan; then whisk until the gravy thickens.
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*Originally shared May 2012/Updated March 2019