Cornish Hens, also called Rock Cornish Game Hen, is a cross breed between Cornish game cocks, the Malayan fighting cock and the White Plymouth Rock chicken to produce a succulent smaller bird. It is served while still young and small, weighing less than 2 pounds. One Cornish hen is suitable for a single serving. These hens were bred by a Connecticut couple in the 1950’s and became popular thereafter.
Instead of Cornish Hens, a plain chicken or duck breast can be used in this recipe. This one-dish meal has an impressing presentation. I stuffed the hens with colorful peppers, onions and several sprigs of rosemary. I added the small potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts about 35 and 45 minutes to the Cornish Hens while cooking in the oven. At the end I brushed the Cornish Hens with a balsamic glaze, which gives it a special zing.
Those Poultry Kitchen shears are strong enough to cut a Cornish Hen in half, also be used for cutting Chicken for Spatchcock other poultry
It’s basically a one dish meal. I added the small Red Potatoes and roasted Brussels Sprouts 35 and 45 minutes later next to the the Cornish Hens to finish cooking
2 Cornish Hens (regular chicken add 10 to 15 minutes cooking time, depending on size).
Pepper flakes or Mediterranean seasoning for spice
red and yellow peppers, chopped
1 onion sliced
2 fresh sprigs rosemary
1 lb Brussels Sprouts (washed, dried, and halved)
1 lb small potatoes
3 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
Pre-heat oven to 375 F.
Stuff Cornish Hens with rosemary sprigs, sliced onion and sliced pepper. Season with sea salt.
Bake the Cornish Hens a total for 1 hr 10 min.
After 35 min, add the small potatoes.
Shake the Brussels sprouts in olive oil, sea salt and cajun or red pepper seasoning. Place them into the oven after 45 minutes (can be added on a separate sheet). They’ll need to be turned halfway through.
Combine the balsamic vinegar, honey, soy sauce and garlic. Brush the Balsamic sauce on top the Cornish Hens 10 minutes before the 1 hr 10 min minutes is reached. Internal temperature should be at least 160 F or 71 C
Rosemary sprigs can be replaced with thyme or sage sprigs. The Cornish Hens should be thoroughly cooked when the interior temperature has reached 160 F
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