Dad's Roasted Cornish Hens

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My dad makes a MEAN Cornish Hen! Like truly the best! So I bribed him with cookies to spill the beans on his tried and true methods! Papa Dalkin's Roasted Cornish Hens coming in hot today!

Dad's Roasted Cornish Hens from (@whatsgabycookin)


So back in the day, when we still lived at home and didn't have to pay our own bills, my dad would make these Roasted Cornish Hens for us for special occasions. I LOVEDDDDD them (and still do!) because of many reasons. 1: I got the entire little bird to myself so I didn't have to fight over who got the legs. 2: the skin is crispy and delicious and I could eat all of it without anyone trying to steal it! 3: they are just so freaking cute and they kinda make the perfect main course these days when you need individual servings of everything!

The key is the seasoning and the onions! Other than that, it's really simple. I used Gaby's Go To because it truly is the best all purpose seasoning ever! But you could use any of your fav blends to achieve the perfect Roasted Cornish Hens! Skies the limit people - you'll love these! And let's not forget about his other epic creation: Paprika Roasted Whole Chicken!

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Dad's Roasted Cornish Hens

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 6 votes
My dad's famous Roasted Cornish Hens recipe that he makes us for special occasions! It's the perfect festive (but easy) dinner at home!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 4 Cornish game hens
  • 3 large yellow onions cut into quarters
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 2 lemons cut into wedges
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons of your favorite seasoning blend


  • Pat the hens dry with paper towels and generously season with the dry rub both inside and out.
  • Preheat your oven to 425 °F.
  • In a small roasting pan add the quartered onions, garlic cloves, and half the lemon wedges. Stuff the remaining lemons into the cavities and then place the hens in the roasting pan over the onions and drizzle the olive oil over the hens.
  • Transfer the roasting pan to the preheated oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast registers at 165 °F.
  • Remove the hens from the oven and let them rest for 20 minutes and serve.


I love to present these at a holiday meal. You can also easily cut them in half to plate them for everyone.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 1142kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 81g | Fat: 78g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 38g | Cholesterol: 455mg | Sodium: 286mg | Potassium: 1567mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 877IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 450mg | Iron: 12mg
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  1. Unfortunately I do not have your seasoning and my state does not have a Williams Sonoma. Would this be Italian seasoning? Thanks

5 from 6 votes

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