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One of our members is building on a rice dish theme, so thought I would offer this dish. The Rock Cornish Hen is a versatile little bird, that can be prepared in any number of ways. I chose a simple preparation for this one and accompanied it with my "Wild Rice and......" recipe, which see. A link is provided in the comments...

Provided by Gary Hancq

Categories     Chicken

Time 1h15m

Number Of Ingredients 8

1 rock cornish hen
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 pats butter
lightly salt and pepper
just a pinch of poultry seasoning
just a pinch of thyme
just a pinch of onion powder


  • 1. Rinse Hen well and dry with paper towels. Using Kitchen shears or knife, lay hen breast side up and snip or cut down one side of breast. as well as a short slice at the neck and tail, so you can lay the bird flat.
  • 2. In a foil lined cake pan or baking dish lay the hen out flat, breast and flesh side up. Drizzle with the Lemom Juice, sprinkle with the Salt,Pepper, Poultry Seasoning, Thyme and Onion Powder. Use a very little amount of each of these, less than a tenth of a teaspoon. **Just a Pinch** is what you can pick up between you thumb and forefinger. And then sprinkle lightly.
  • 3. Drizzle on the Olive Oil and rub on the Butter.
  • 4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. They should brown nicely without the need to broil.
  • 5. If browned after 45 to 50 minutes, remove from oven and baste well with the juices. Lower oven temp to 250 degrees and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
  • 6. Sever and separate the two halves, (This could be done before baking) and plate them up.
  • 7. This is great with homemade stuffing or rice. I prefer to accompany them with my Wild Rice recipe, which see. I incorporate Wild Rice, Brown and Long Grain Rice and white Rice. I cook all separately then combine and add finely minced Celery, Onions and Walnuts or Pecans. The wild Rice pairs excellently with Shrimp and Fish offerings as well.
  • 8. Note: The wild rice was retrieved from the freezer and was prepared three months earlier. I make a large batch and freeze in quart zip-lock bags and compress no thicker than my finger, so I can break off just what I need to serve. It freezes very well, and was just as good as the day I made it.

Ayaan Muneeb
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I'm not a big fan of Cornish hens, but I really enjoyed this recipe. The hens were moist and flavorful.

Solo Bobby (Bru)
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This was the perfect dish for my dinner party. It was easy to make and everyone loved it.

Amahle Gcaba
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This recipe is a keeper! I'll definitely be making it again.

The Saint T-Dimes
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I didn't have any wild rice, so I used brown rice instead. It turned out just as good.

Sheikh Junaid
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The hens were a little dry, but the rice was good.

Majmulah hawari
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This recipe was a little too complicated for me. I think I'll try a simpler Cornish hen recipe next time.

Ali Shet
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The wild rice added a nice nutty flavor to the dish. I will definitely be using this recipe again.

Killua Laya
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I've never been a big fan of Cornish hens, but this recipe changed my mind. They were so juicy and flavorful.

Muhammad playZ
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This is a great recipe for a special occasion dinner. It's easy to make and it always impresses my guests.

Firdousi Ohunene
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I love the combination of flavors in this dish. The sweetness of the cranberries and the tartness of the orange really complement each other.

Robert Sloan
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The sauce that came with this recipe was amazing. It was the perfect complement to the hens and rice.

Masud Munshi
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This was my first time cooking Cornish hens and I was really impressed. They were surprisingly easy to make and they turned out delicious.

rita saluani
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I've made this recipe several times and it always turns out great. The hens are always cooked evenly and the rice is fluffy and flavorful.

Ali Mavia
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This recipe was a hit! The Cornish hens were juicy and flavorful, and the wild rice was perfectly cooked. I loved the combination of flavors and textures.