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Dad's Roasted Cornish Hens from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)
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Dad's Roasted Cornish Hens

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 Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cornish hen, cornish hen recipe, how to make cornish hens, dad's cornish hen, gaby cornish hens, whats gaby cooking cornish hen, the best cornish hen recipe
Servings: 4 people
Author: Gaby



  • 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, thyme springs and half the lemon wedges. Stuff the remaining lemons into the cavities and then place the hens in the roasting pan over the herbs and 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. Garnish with additional herbs as needed and serve.