Rosemary and Garlic Cornish Game Hens Recipe

A poultry-lovers delight. These hens are moist, delicious and flavorful. If you love garlic, you are sure to enjoy these.
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  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 24 cloves garlic , divided
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary , chopped
  • 4 Cornish game hens
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil , divided
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon , quartered
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
15 mins
45 mins
1 hr
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Make a paste with the butter, 1 minced garlic clove, lemon juice and chopped rosemary.
  • Place hens in a large, heavy roasting pan. Rub paste under the skin of the breast. Rub hens with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Lightly season hens with salt and pepper. Place 1 lemon wedge and 1 sprig rosemary in cavity of each hen. Arrange garlic cloves around hens. Roast in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together wine, chicken broth, and remaining oil; pour over hens. Continue roasting about 25 minutes longer, or until hens are golden brown and juices run clear. Baste with pan juices every 10 minutes.
  • Transfer hens to a platter, pouring any cavity juices into the roasting pan.
  • Tent hens with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  • Transfer pan juices and garlic cloves to a medium saucepan and boil until liquids reduce to a sauce consistency, about 6 minutes. Serve hens with sauce.
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