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Cornish Hens With Cilantro Butter

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Cornish Hens With Cilantro Butter

Cornish Hens With Cilantro Butter

Cornish Hens Image © Diana Rattray
A simple mixture of cilantro, lime, and butter makes these game hens moist, attractive, and super tasty.

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 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

Preparation:

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.

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