Balsamic glazed Cornish Hens

Cornish hens dinner table

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

  • Filling the Cornish Hens
  • Balsamic glazed cornish hens ready for the oven
  • Preparing roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Balsamic glazed Cornish Hens
  • Balsamic glazed Cornish Hens

Balsamic glazed Cornish Hens

Balsamic glazed Cornish Hens
Category: Main entree
Cuisine: American-Wales
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

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).
  • Sea Salt
  • 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
  • Balsamic glaze:
  • 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

Nutrition information

2 to 4 servings
Serving Size: 1/2 Cornish Hen
Angie presenting her Balsamic Cornish Hens
Balsamic Cornish Hens ready to be served

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I have been living half of my life in Germany, then US, and traveling since then. My passion is cooking, painting and glass mosaic art. I try to re-create recipes I grew up with, or I tasted while traveling in Europe. Disclosure: As an Amazon Affiliate I earn a small commission if you click through and make qualifying purchases with no additional cost to you.

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