Lemon pepper Cornish game hen

Lemon pepper Cornish game hen

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 55 min
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Serving: 2 Servings

Cornish game hen is perfect for a dinner party -- or even just anytime you want a change of pace from your regular chicken and turkey.


  • 1 (1-1/4 pound) Cornish game hen
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch or two cayenne pepper
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced or one teaspoon dried
  • 2 lemons, quartered


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Remove and discard giblets from hen.
  3. Rinse the hen inside and out with cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Use your fingers to separate skin from flesh, careful not to tear it.
  5. Mix olive oil, peppers, salt and rosemary into a paste.
  6. Rub paste onto hen flesh under skin.
  7. Insert lemon wedges under the skin and in cavity.
  8. Place hen in a roasting pan and cover with foil. Bake for about 40 minutes.
  9. Remove and reserve foil and continue to cook until skin is browned, about ten to 15 minutes.
  10. Insert an instant-read thermometer into the meaty part of a thigh, not touching the bone.
  11. Hen is cooked through when thermometer reads 180 degrees F and the legs are wobbly.
  12. Remove the hen from the oven, cover with foil and let rest for ten minutes to allow its juices to set.

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