Lemon-Roasted Cornish Game Hens Recipe

Lemon-Roasted Cornish Game Hens Recipe


3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground pepper
1 teaspoon finely-grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons fresh mint, chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried mint)
4 Cornish game hens
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons lemon peel, julienned
1 cup chicken broth
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons parsley, washed and chopped


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small mixing bowl, combine butter, salt, pepper, lemon zest and mint. Rub mixture over game hens.

Place hens in a large roasting pan. Bake at 375 degrees for about 50 minutes, until golden brown and juices run clear when skin is pierced with a fork.

In a medium saute pan, heat oil and saute onion for 5 minutes. Stir in julienned lemon peel and garlic. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil.

Mix cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water and stir into hot mixture. Boil 1 minute until thickened. Stir in lemon juice and remove from heat.

Place hens on serving platter. Spoon a little sauce over each hen and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Pass remainder of sauce separately.

Serves: 4

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