A simple mixture of cilantro, lime, and butter makes these game hens moist, attractive, and super tasty.
Yield: Serves 4
- 4 Cornish hens, about 1 3/4 pounds each
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
Wash hens and pat dry. Using a blunt spoon handle or something similar, gently separate the skin from the breast meat. Put a few teaspoons of the cilantro butter evenly under the skin of each hen and arrange in a roasting pan. Put any remaining cilantro butter in the cavity of the birds or rub a little over the skin. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the birds register 180° on an instant read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh of a hen.
Serves 4 to 6.