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Roasted Cornish Hen and Vegetables

Paprika Roasted Cornish Hen with Vegetables (carrots and sweet potatoes) - a delicious way to prepare cornish hen. Great recipe for the Fall season, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 631 kcal
Author Julia


  • 6 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt , or more
  • 2 Cornish game hens , rinsed, patted dry
  • 3 carrots , peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1 onion , peeled and sliced
  • 1 sweet potato , peeled and sliced into thin stripes
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degree Fahrenheit.

  2. Rub the insides of Cornish hens with salt and pepper and 3 minced garlic cloves.
  3. In a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, paprika, chili powder, cumin, remaining minced garlic, 1/4 cup chicken stock and stir well to combine. Use 2/3 of this mixture to rub all over the outside of Cornish hens. Sprinkle the desired amount of salt over the outside of the hens. Sprinkle a very small amount of additional paprika over the hens (for color).
  4. Toss carrots, onions, and sweet potatoes in the remaining 1/3 of the mixture to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Transfer vegetables to the large roasting pan. Place hens breast sides up on top of vegetables. Add a little bit of chicken stock on the bottom of the pan to prevent vegetables from burning.
  6. Roast Cornish hens at 425 Fahrenheit for 30-35 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 Fahrenheit. Combine 1/2 cup of chicken stop and 1/2 cup of white wine and pour the mixture over the hens and into the bottom of the roasting pan. Continue roasting at 350 degrees F for 15-20 more minutes, basting hens with pan juices, until hen juices run clear.

  7. Transfer hens and vegetables to a platter. Make sure to pour juices from the hen cavities into a roasting pan. Cover hens with foil. Transfer the sauce from the roasting pan into a smaller saucepan and boil it down a little bit to thicken, if desired. You can also dissolve a little bit of cornstarch in water and add it to the boiling sauce to thicken it. After hens sit under the foil, pour juices from rested hens back into the sauce you just made. If desired, add more chicken stock to the thickened sauce.
  8. Serve Cornish hens whole or cut in half.
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Cornish Hen and Vegetables
Amount Per Serving
Calories 631 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 228mg76%
Sodium 855mg37%
Potassium 1021mg29%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 14515IU290%
Vitamin C 8.1mg10%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.