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How to Cook Cornish Hens

Follow my guide to cook super delicious oven roasted Cornish Hens! Simple steps and a few seasonings is all you need for this easy "How to" recipe!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cook cornish hens recipe
Servings: 4



  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Place the Cornish hens in a casserole dish and coat with the avocado oil. Combine the seasonings in a small bowl and season all sides of each hen.
  • Place your Cornish Hens into already preheated oven and cook until internal temperature reaches 165F. This should take 55 minutes to an hour. Check the temperature of the hen by inserting the meat thermometer probe between the leg and breast.



  • I know we were all raised to rinse our poultry in the sink with water before cooking but this is actually a good way to spread bacteria.  There is no need to rinse the Cornish hens or any meat before cooking.
  • Throw some root vegetables around the Cornish hens before roasting for the most amazing side dish!
  • If you want to use olive oil instead of avocado oil, I would reduce the cooking temperature to 375F