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Roasted Game Hens With Potatoes and Carrots


Roasted Game Hens with Potatoes and Carrots

Roasted Game Hens with Potatoes and Carrots

Diana Rattray

 This recipe for Cornish game hens is easily doubled for a family. I used thyme and chives in this recipe, but feel free to use your favorite combination of fresh or dried herbs. 

Roast the hens in a large heavy skillet or roasting pan.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 2


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or about 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped chives or parsley, optional
  • 1 pound small red or gold potatoes, scrubbed and cut in 1- to 2-inch chunks
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced crosswise then lengthwise into  strips about 3 inches long and 1/2 inch wide
  • 1 medium onion, quartered, sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Cornish game hens
  • 1 lemon, cut up, optional
  • 1 small onion, cut in chunks, optional
  • sprigs of fresh herbs, optional



Heat the oven to 375° F. 

Melt butter with olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over low heat. Add the minced garlic and herbs. Remove about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of the mixture and set aside.

Add the onion pieces, potatoes, and carrots to the skillet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss well to coat the vegetables with the butter, oil, and herbs; cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes. 

Sprinkle the cavities of the game hens with salt and pepper. 

 Rub the reserved oil, butter, and herb mixture all over the hens. Put chunks of lemon and onion and some herb sprigs in the cavities, if desired.

If the skillet is not oven safe, move the vegetable mixture to a baking dish or pan. 

Arrange the hens on the vegetables and move to the oven. Roast for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the hens register at least 165° F in the meatiest part of the thigh, not touching bone. 

If the hens are browning too quickly, cover loosely with foil near the end of the cooking time. If they don't brown enough, turn the broiler on for 2 to 3 minutes before you take them out of the oven. 

Serves 2. 

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