Roasted Cornish Game Hens

Total Time:
1 hr 20 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
10 min
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon-pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 Cornish game hens, about 1 1/2 pounds each, rinsed and dried thoroughly
  • 1 green bell pepper, large dice
  • 2 stalks celery, large dice
  • 1 onion, large dice
Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a small mixing bowl, stir together salt, lemon pepper, dried basil and poultry seasoning. Rub olive oil all over the hens and season each with the salt mixture. Place the hens on a baking sheet pan with plenty of space between them. You may need to use 2 pans. Loosely stuff the cavities of each hen with some green bell pepper, celery and onion. Roast the hens in the preheated oven for about 1 hour or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F and the juices run clear. Remove the hens from the oven, loosely tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes before carving or serving.

TIPS: Line the baking sheet pan with foil under the wire rack for an easy clean-up. The veggies and herbs stuffed in the cavities of the hens will impart flavor to the meat as it cooks. Be sure not to crowd the hens on the baking sheets or else the skin won't crisp up properly and they will take much longer to cook.


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I Love this recipe. It is easy and yummy.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is uber simple, and the results are FANTASTIC! I will be making these for Easter dinner next week. Thanks!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you! It was easy and tasty! We just purchased our first home and hosted my in-laws for the first time. Prior to this my mother-in-law was convinced I didn't know how to cook (she has never had my cooking before this, I'm a decent cook), however everyone enjoyed it. The father in law couldn't stop raving about the hen, which made my MIL a bit upset. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for my New Year's dinner and it was fantastic! Just followed the recipe and it was moist and tender. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! The juiciest hens ever! Prepared them for Thanksgiving :) paired with Spinach Souffle and Pumpkin Pudding :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe! We had candied yams as a side dish with white wine and it paired well... We will use this one again* item not reviewed by moderator and published
Most delicious cornish game hen recipe ever! The mixture of seasonings and vegetables makes the meat taste amazing. We tossed diced raw potatoes with Olive oil, fresh garlic, coarse kosher salt and fresh ground pepper and roasted them in a separate pan, next to the cornish hens, at 375 for an hour. Right before we served the meal, we added the browned potatoes to the cornish hen and veggie juices.. Really good.. Mmm item not reviewed by moderator and published
As a novice in the kitchen I was so proud of myself after making this recipe. I substituted green bells with pineapple because I didn't want to go grocery shopping! In between bites I kept exclaiming "oh my gosh, I can't believe I made this!" - and neither could my husband. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thanks a lot for this excellent recipe; easy and tasty! My husband and my 2 sons really like it. Along with the ingredients, I added 2 tablespooons of honey to the mixture, and the chicken turned out really good and had nice brown color. I will make it again, definitely. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm all for the spices...but NEVER put a cornish game hen flat in a pan... NO NO NO NO.... here's my "secret"... take a bundt pan or 2 -- depending on how many hens you're roasting... take a piece of aluminum foil wide enough to cover a bundt pan ... put the foil over the bundt pan and mold it to fit down inside the pan but most importantly OVER the post in the center of the bundt pan... next - you can literally roll your hen in soy sauce mixed with liquid smoke (this blackens and crispies the outside of the hen) - next roll it in your spices - and spread open the bottom of the hen and slide it down over the post of the bundt pan.... this "magic" has an equal flow of heat from inside the bird going out as there is on the outside of the hen flowing in. the excess juice flows down into the foil giving you a crispy bird on all sides. I bake at 380 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes. be sure to put your baked potatoes in the oven for the duration... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy & Tasty. I made this for a pre-Christmas dinner and it was also my first time ever making cornish hens. They were easy to cook and tasted great. Best part was that I have leftovers that I am going to use to make a soup, just like Thanksgiving but smaller. I served with Ina's Zucchini Gratin and a recipe for Roasted Aioli Pearl Potatoes that I found on the back of a package. Perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my first time ever cooking Cornish Hens, and let me say, I rocked it! I have never used seasonings outside of my comfort zone and these seasoning combinations worked for me! My husband and I enjoyed this recipe! I will definitely see Cornish Hens in my future item not reviewed by moderator and published
Can you leave/refridgerate the veggie stuffing overnight??? I made these hens at night for the next day and not sure how to safely store??? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time cooking cornish hens. I was told that they tend to dry out pretty quickly. But this recipe was a smash hit with my family on Thanksgiving! And if you knew my aunt and mother, you would know that compliments from them is like a Zagat score in my family! I also followed the advise of putting pats of butter under the skins. I also cooked my hens, following the recipe, but in a baking bag to ensure moist hens. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thee Best Gamehen recipe out there hands down!!! I made this for my family this week on mon and on fri i was asked to make it again, definitely going to be a staple in my rotation for the week. The only thing i added was the butter under the skin and took someones advice and did season the inside cavity also I added some lemon slices on top oh and some crushed garlics were added too the veggie stuffing while i roasted, the skin falls off the bone and tastes delicious, finger lickin' good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the first time I've ever cooked cornish hen and my boyfriend and I just LOVED this recipe. Very flavorful, simple to prepare and the seasoning ingredients are just staple items. Totally recommend this one. : item not reviewed by moderator and published
great recipe. Like others, I added lemon and butter pats under the skin at the breast. Delicious. Thanks Neelys! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking for a recipe for the first time cooking Cornish hens. I not only find this recipe simple quick, for a family of six but tasty, you made my Friday night!!! Thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! My boyfriend loves this recipe and we have had it four times since I first made it, three weeks ago. I love it too. It's easy and tasty, In fact I am making this for dinner tonight. The last time I made it, I substituted the stuffing for a potato and sweet pepper stuffing which my boyfriend requested. It's delicious this way too! Thank you for this great recipe. In fact, I pre-mix the seasonings and keep it on hand in a zip lock bag as I know I will be making this frequently. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have tried cornish hens before, but this time using the Neelys' recipe is a big hit with my family. I did add the seasoning to the stuffing as others had suggested. But no other additions were needed. The Neelys recipes that I have tried have been as good as advertised. As to Gina's behavior, YOU go girl! The reason I watch is the simple fact that you two show the playfulness and love that you both have. So ignore the haters, we love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great Recipe, made it today and tasted great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BTW i love the show chopped also! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The Neeley's are sickening to watch, but this recipe is quite good. It's your basic "roast it in the oven" fare - hard to screw that up UNLESS, like one person, they measure the temp in the wrong place. When roasting poultry, you have to check the temp in the thigh, since that's the hardest to get cooked. I suggest slitting the skin at the thigh/breast joint - it will allow more heat into that area. Also - make SURE your hens are 100% thawed and headed toward room temp ( don't leave out of the fridge more than 2 hrs when putting in the oven. What most folks don't realize is that "fresh" poultry comes in to the supermarket frozen -they put it out to thaw, and it's not always fully-thawed when consumers try to cook it. Thus over-cooked white meat and raw thighs. Extra time will get it cooked, but you'll have a ruined bird. Much better to make sure it's fully-thawed to start with. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious. I did follow a couple of suggestions from prior posts. Brined for a couple of hours, combined softened butter with a bit of the spice mix and slid under breast skin, and started and 400 then reduced to 375. Skin nice and crispy and meat very flavorfull. Will definately make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Its was a beautiful FULL flavored meal! Only thing I changed(due to me not having it Is I used red,yellow, and orange bell pepper, also I still used the onion and added Garlic to the mix, I also stuffed the skin with minced garlic and butter. Another key factor to the lovely crispy skin Is, with in the hour I took the juices from the pan with a baster 3 times and poured it over the skin during the cooking process! is was yummy and filling!!!! Oh and 1 more thing I used the left over peppers and onions to put around the game hens on the outside and in the stuffing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe is quick and easy. I cooked the hens @ 325 degrees for 55 minutes. The temp reached 165 degrees, juice ran clear and the hen was completely cooked. Next time, I will brine the hen, the breast was a little too dry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe sounded delicious so I decided to make it for Easter dinner for myself and my daughter. It was great! The meat was juicy and flavorful and the pepper/onion/celery stuffing was very tasty. A few days later my daughter asked me for the recipe which is a sure sign it was a winner. I will definitely be making this one again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time trying this recipe and it stated to cook for 1 hour. After the hour the temp. was 155 degrees, so cooked for 15 additional mins. Temp registered 165 degrees and juice ran clear like recipe stated. However when our guest got down to the thigh area the hens were not completely cooked. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've tried this recipe several times and I absolutely love it. It's a quick and easy meal. You can't go wrong with this! Thanks Neeleys! item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time i tried this recipe and it came out great. Next ime i will put some pats of butter under the skina s the breast was kinda of dry. Great recipe though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. I've tried several and this one's at the top of my list. You really can't go wrong with any of the Neely's recipes. Try their short ribs. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed other suggestions and seasoned the inside of the bird as well. The whole thing turned out tasty and juicy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time I cooked cornish hen and it turned out juicy and delicious. The only thing that was a little disappointing was that the veges stuffed inside were a little bland. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is delicious and so easy to make! My family loved it and wants me to make again very soon! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best cornish game hens I ever have had. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe. I tried it twice. It was better without putting the celery, green pepper, and onion in the cavity. I have shared this recipe with my family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for dinner the other night amd this is WONDERFUL.Thanks to the Neelys for there great recipes.Keep up the great ccoking and sharing all your recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for dinner tonight and I followed every last step of this yummy recipe and it was sooooo good! Even my picky 7 year old was asking for seconds. The only thing I did differently was season the cavity with the left over seasonings. This is a great and easy recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is the absolute GREATEST! I tried it out at a dinner party and it was a hit. everyone was asking me for the recipe. I did exactly what the recipe said except I seasoned the onion, pepper, and celery mixture as well. My picky 5 year old even loves it! As a matter of fact, Im gonna make it again tonight. Simply excellent! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed this recipe almost exactly AND it was absolutely delicious, mouthwatering, succulent, tender, moist and most of all utterly flavorful. Hats off to Mr. & Mrs. Neely, bless you for such a scrumptious and simple and easy to make recipe. The only thing I did differently was season the cavity generously with garlic salt and added a 3-4 pats of butter (NOT MARGARINE under the breast skin for added flavor and moisture. Also because of the elevation or lack of in my city, I baked them at 375 for the first 30 minutes then up to 390 for the remaining 30 minutes. One word - "SUPERB"...my husband LOVED them, the kids loved them and a few unexpected guests got to savor them also!!! Great Recipe Neely's, Love you!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time cooking cornish hens. This recipe was fantastic! Like several other reviewers I seasoned the cavity of the hen as well and added a little carrot to the stuffing. Cooked the hens for about an hr and a half then put them under the broiler to crisp up the skin before letting them rest for 20 min. They were so moist and flavorful. Definite keeper!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for Christmas this year and it was wonderful- moist and full of flavor, I used 4 hens and a half a chicken I doubled the seasoning, I added a couple cloves of garlic to the celery, onion and pepper and like another reviewer I added a slice of lemon in each hen I also squeezed a bit of lemon juice inside each cavity before stuffing. I soaked the hens in a salt/sugar brine for about 1 1/2 hrs prior to seasoning and like another review I pre-heated my oven at 400 then turned it down to 375. This was the best roasted chicken I have ever made all my guests raved about it and people have been calling for the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So delicious and easy to make! Though I did have to cook it for quite a bit longer, about 20 minutes, to get it to the right temperature, probably because my oven is terrible. It still came out wonderfully crispy and moist. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was perfect and easy to make. The seasoning was perfect...I didn't have to add a thing. I did take one reviewers advice and season the cavity of the hen. I stuffed them with onions and then seasoned the onions (I didn't bother with the green peppers and celery...I was being lazy. When they came out of the oven, it looked like I'd put in alot of work;- eventhough I didn't. It tastes just the way it looks...delicious! I wouldn't change anything else with this recipe. One thing I would like to add is that this recipe called for 6 hens and I only used 2. I used all of the seasoning on the 2 hens and it was perfect. If you like robust flavor (not salty, but full flavor, you may want to double up on the seasoning if you're cooking 6 hens. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time cooking cornish hens and I found the seasoning to be perfect. They cooked a lot faster in my conventional oven and browned a lot easier. Great job! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not bad, but the inside wasn't as flavorful as I would've liked. Would suggest seasoning the inside of the cavity, not just the outside item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wanted a new recipe for cornish hens & thanks to "The Neelys" I have one. My family loved the hens. Not only was the seasoning fantastic - it was so moist and juicy. I will definitely use again and again. It was so easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never made cornish hens before and i love love this recipe. it was so moist n juicy. left in for a extra 10 mins. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's so good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The seasoning was quite good for the cornish hens. Very easy to make since all ingredients are already on hand. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made these little hens before; I tried this recipe because I love the Neely's and wanted to try something different. Excellent recipe! Cooking them on a sheet pan was a great idea and the seasonings were perfect. I have to say that I enjoy watching the Neely's for the cooking almost as much as I love watching two married people call each other honey and baby. They're so sweet, such nice people. I just love them! (I am always commenting to my Husband, DID you hear what Pat said to Gina, did you SEE what Pat did??!! - Gina's one lucky lady!) item not reviewed by moderator and published
MY WHOLE FAMILY ENJOYED THESE CORNISH HENS...THEY WERE NOT DRY AT ALL, I COOKED MINE AN EXTRA 10 MIN (JUST TO BE ON THE SAFE SIDE) WONDERFUL WITH RICE AND A GOOD SALAD...I'LL MAKE THEM LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME NOW...THANK YOU!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this meal for my fiance, who is like a food critic, and he could not stop talking about how favorful and tender it was! The recipe was very simple to follow and would be a great dinner party meal. Thanks Neelys! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last week for my family and my one yr old daughter kept pointing at the bird for more. She loved it and so did we. It has a great flavor and the meat was tender and moist. I think the next time though I will just use the rub on a whole chicken vs. small hens. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is awesome! Cornish hens make great meals for singles and small families. I like to follow this recipe then freeze a few of them. They reheat nicely by thawing in the microwave, then warm. I add a slice of lemon inside each hen for added flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My boyfriend and I love these little hens so we always have a few in our freezer. I was looking for a different way to make them and this recipe caught my attention. I followed all the directions and didn't alter anything. The hens were so flavorful, moist, and tender! I was extremely surprised. And my boyfriend loved them, which is what I aim for when I cook! Thanks!!!!!! Cant wait to have friends/family over so I could make this dish again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not much to say other than my whole family loved this recipe and they were skeptical. It was really easy and the chicken was really tender and had a ton of flavor. MMMM!!! Gave me a boost of confidence in my skills. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my family for our Christmas Eve dinner and it was awesome! The leeks brought such good flavor to the cornish hens. I added fresh garlic to the stuffing and glazed mine at the end with a apricot jam and butter mix. My husband absolutely loved it. This recipe is a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for dinner for a teenager and I and we loved it. We have never had parsnips,but they were really tasty. This is a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I watched this episode and wanted to make the hens, twice baked sweet potatoes and the spinich. What happened to the other recipes for this episode? This would make the dish complete. I love this couple what an awesome team. We roll in laughter when we watch them plus their recipes are great too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree with Cheryl...you're supposed to be rating the recipe not the people. The Neely's are awesome cooks (awesome people). What does morals at the dinner table have to do with their great recipes. You people are a bunch of fuddy-duddies. If you don't want to watch them then change the channel. Let's try keeping the comments and reviews section for real people who need to rate the recipe and for real people who find good recipes by the ratings...I hate wasting my time reading through a whole bunch of crap about the Neelys. Great recipe will use in the future. The cornish hens came out so moist and juicy and very tasty. Never made cornish hens before and I was kind of worried that the hens would come out dry. Husband enjoyed it. And YES my husband and I are playful when we are in the kitchen. Keep up the good work Neelys and don't change because it's the way you all are that keeps me tuned in to your cooking show. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sorry folks...telling the Neelys to not be affectionate on the show is like telling Paula Dean not to cook with butter!!! They are genuine and thats what makes their show great....not to mention their AWESOME recipes!!!! Keep showing us the love guys!!!! AWESOME CORNISH HEN RECIPE....its a crowd pleaser item not reviewed by moderator and published
Would highly recommend this and make again...followed the recipe as is. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've never attempted to cook Cornish hens before. But after watching the Neely's demonstrate how easy it was, I just HAD to try this recipe. The seasonings sounded appealing to me since I LOVE lemon pepper and use it alllllll the time when I bake chicken, which is another reason why I chose to try this recipe. I did add a tsp of garlic powder to the seasonings, and some crushed garlic inside of the cavity. I pre-heated my oven to 450* like one of the other reviewers, and lowered it back to 375* when I put the hens in. For the last 10 minutes of cooking, I turned my heat up to 400* (just because sometimes my oven cooking times are off) but it resulted in nice crispy skin. Delish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good recipe, however, I agree with some of the comments directed towards the Neely's. They seem like very nice people but they should not be so lovie dovie on the show. It gets sickening after awhile and it's hard to focus on their recipes when all they do is flirt the entire time. It's great that they have a happy marriage but they need to keep their feelings off the show and just be pleasant!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I absolutely love game hens anyway, but this recipe was really tasty and flavorful. The vegetables inside the hens were delicious, and it's low carb because no starchy stuffing! My kids, especially my daughter loved them. My 8 year old daughter kept playing with hers before I cooked it while it was in the package still, she thought it was cute and called it her baby chicken...LOL! item not reviewed by moderator and published
At the request of my 10 year old daughter that thought cornish hens were just "too cute" I purchased 4 for the 4 of us. Following the recipe exactly and setting the oven to 450 forehand (as I have heard from other chefs) then turning it down to 375 like Gina said to cook at. I set my oven timer for 1 hour 15 minutes. They were cooked perfectly! While I made the Neely's roasted garlic mashed potatoes (which is a HUGE hit in our home) and steamed green beans... I covered the roasting pan with a piece of foil and let the hens rest while I finished up. They were very tender and juicy. Lots of broth in the pan, which I spooned over the top of the hens before sitting them onto the table. We had way too much meat for our family, but it was very good. We are more of a "white meat" family, but it seemed as everyone went for the legs and thighs before digging in to the breasts. Great recipe guys! The veggies for the stuffing, was a great little surprise. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is the first time that i tried to cook for my family. and it turned out to be a hit! i can't believe how easy this is. my dad who is very picky, loved this chicken. thank you so much! Kristine A. Bellflower, CA item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was one of the best I've made from The Neelys. All the chicken needed was a pinch of salt. Other than that...the chicken was so juicy on the inside and I left it in just a tad bit longer for a crispier outside. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mr and Mrs Neely, just ignore the haters in these ratings and keep the good recipe's coming. I've cooked cornish hens many times in my rotisserie. Your recipe was by far the most flavorful hen's I've ever cooked or tasted. My fiance enjoyed them as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so easy and so good! I have made it twice and the second time, when they knew what was coming their way, my family was so excited! LOVE LOVE LOVE the Neelys! They make resonable food that everyday people can actually make and enjoy! Keep up the great work, you both make me smile! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made them today for my bday dinner. We loved them. They were so tender and juicy. Thanks Pat and Gina, you never let me down. for all those people writing there their own recipes get your own cooking show. This recipe is AWESOME!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for a special romantic dinner with my Valentine and two bites into the meal, we looked up to see each other literally licking our fingers for that amazing flavor! I love my momma, but I think this recipe tops even hers. The prep was simple, few ingredients with easy substitutes, and didn't involve cutting the birds in half! The Neelys sure know what they're doing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for my husband as a Valentines' Day dinner. I hadn't cooked cornish hens in 25 years so this was a welcome change. I followed the recipe exactly as written and it was great. I think the next time I will not use an onion that was so big. I also think it would be good to soak the hens in brine before using the other seasoning. I think that would give more flavor. All the birds were very moist. I will definitely use this recipe again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I watched this show, and I thought hum that seems easy. Oh my gosh, I was very impressed with how moist the hens turned out. This was my first time cooking cornish hens, and they were delicious. Thanks for sharing this easy to make recipe. I really enjoy your show, and I wish you all the BEST!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Well, my hens will be done in about 20 minutes. I did mine with some roasted potatoes and other veggies. I will say that it smells DEEEE-LICIOUS! I'm from the Bahamas and we love flavor! With that being said, I will post back and let you all know what I thought and what my family thought. Including my VERY picky boyfriend who comments on EVERYTHING! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I enjoy the variety of food programming that the network provides - Chef Jeff, Big Daddy's Kitchen and of course, Paula make the food network so much more interesting. I was disappointed with the personal opinions but extremely pleased with the recipe!! This dish is a perfect alternative to preparing a turkey which yields massive amounts of leftovers!! The Hen was perfectly seasoned - which is exactly what you will find with the Neely Recipes as well as their genuine Southern personalities. Sure, Gina is unlike most Food Network stars, but that is what a great deal of us enjoy - a nice change of pace; variety. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love cooking with the Neeley, These were the best hen I've ever made. Thank's Gina and Pat item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time making cornish hens and my husband and I loved them! I cut the recipe down for only two and they turned out perfectly. I served them with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed green beans with garlic and a crisp sauvignon blanc. Can't wait too make them again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are the best hens I've ever had come out of my own kitchen. Delicious! And Gina & Pat are adorable, I find them very entertaining. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a wonderful recipe to serve to guests. It was extremely flavorful, moist and delicious! I followed the recipe as written, except that I brined the birds first. My brine consists of: 3 cups of hot water, 3 cups of cold water, 1/3 cup of kosher salt, 1/4 cup of white sugar, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1 - 6oz. can of pineapple juice, 1 tablespoon of black peppercorns, 1 tablespoon of chopped garlic, 1 tablespoon of dried leaf thyme, 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary leaves, 2 whole bay leaves, 1 heaping tablespoon chopped dried onion. Mix all of the above (except the 3 cups of cold water) with the 3 cups of hot water until salt and sugars are dissolved. Add the cold water. Add the hens, and let brine in the refrigerator overnight, or at least for 4 hours. I also use the brine on regular chicken pieces and pork chops, pork tenderloin ect. Once I removed the hens from the brine, I continue on with the recipe as directed. The flavor of the hens is wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were pretty good. I will probably make these again. However, I will not watch the Neeley's anymore! I'll just look for their recipes in the Food Network recipes. It's so hard for me to watch them act loud and obnoxious when I'm trying to learn how to prepare one of their recipes. So yes, I will change the channel when they come on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cornish hens were great, cooked them for sunday dinner and my family loved them, the rub was great, the next time i cook these i want to put the rub on the hens and let them sit over night, i know that will bring out more of the flavor of the rub in the cornish hens. I will definitley keep making these. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really do like the food the Neelys present, BUT Gina makes the show hard to watch, had to change the channel 5 minutes into her extroverted antics. Gina you really have it going on with your knowledge and great smile, please don't turn your views away. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved it!!!! It's easy to prepare and tasted awesome. My family loved it . It's a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried the hens tonight. They were very good and had good flavor. I tried to put a little melted butter on the top while cooking so they wouldn't get dry. Tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The cornish game hens were moist and perfeclty seasoned. A++ item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cooked as directed and it was dry. I don't often cook cornish hens, so it could have been me or my oven. I have made several other of the neelys' recipes and all of them have been great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The rub and stuffing ingredients called for in this recipe suited my family's taste perfectly and will be making these Cornish Hens again. The results were tender, moist and flavorful and easy to prepare. I come here to read honest ratings and reviews of a recipe and not personal comments about the show host(s). Kindly keep it to the purpose for which this page was intended. If you are having personal issues with a host(s) you can make your comments to the show questions and comments form where you can send your feedback and inquiries relating to Food Network shows and leave this space for honest recipe reviews and ratings. Thank you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've tried many Cornish hen recipes and must stay this one from Gina Neely was a hit for my Easter dinner. All of my guests complimented the flavor, and just absolutely enjoyed the difference in how this particular recipe turned out. I'll keep her Cornish Hen Recipe for life!!! Thanks Gina!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved the spice rub for the hens. Cooked exactly according to the directions and they turned out great- extremely moist. I used the hen carcasses to make some stock and made a wonderful chicken noodle soup with the leftover chicken. The spice rub really added to the richness of the stock. Thanks again, Gina and Pat for a great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made hundreds of cornish hens in my lifetime and these scored right up there among the best. The seasoning was excellent....the birds were juicy... and the stuffing subtly infused the meat. We wolfed these babies...you would think we hadn't eaten in a week. I will definitely be making them again. Thank you for the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was entertaining the other night and thought this would be a great recipe to make along with their macaroni and cheese dish. It was absolutley amazing!! I love cornish hens anyway, but the flavors of this were to die for. I was reading thru the comments and I know it probably doesn't matter, but I would just like to say that my fiance and I both love to cook. We have kids, jobs and we are sooo busy. The kitchen is one place we can really connect with each other. It's great to see what a wonderful marriage Gina and Pat have. There is nothing wrong with them showing it to each other too. If you don't like the show don't watch it. They bring a wonderful freshness to the food network channel and their recipes are ALL delicious so far!! Thank you for sharing your food with us! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never tried this before but my family loved it! The seasoning mix is excellent. Why to go! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The cornish hen was beautiful in color and full of flavor. I gave it a brine bath before seasoning it. I will be making this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just took the hens out of the oven and they are so pretty, they almost look liike they're glowing. The first bite is like a surprise party in Aruba! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking for the reviews of a recipe and stumbled upon a few rotten apples. This show is exactly what the Food Network needed. It's been a while since I have been so excited to watch a show. My husband loved the "Get Yo Man" chicken recipe. The Neelys are fun and make cooking fun. I looked forward to using this recipe for Easter. Bravo Neelys! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was absolutely delicious. The recipe was quick and easy to follow. I made one hen and used the remaining seasoning on chicken breast. The hen and chicken breast were flavorful and moist. This is definitely a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very do-able. My husband is the primary cook in our home, and I am the hot little helper. We both appreciate this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the mistake of modifying the stuffing per my daughter's request. I think that took away from the flavor of the hens. However, my hubby thought they were excellent. I am looking forward to trying this recipe again with the suggested stuffing. This is only the second "Neely" recipe that I've made but I will definitely be trying many more. I love their dishes. They are traditional with an awesome spin. My family and I get bored with the same old meals. Thanks Pat and Gina for bringing some realitistic variety to our kitchen. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I haven't fixed this recipe but read the reviews to see if I wanted to make it. My comment is to rate the recipe and not the hosts! I got frustrated that most comments were whether the rater like Pat or Gina. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sometimes cook time varies on weight / size of the chicken! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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