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Cornish Hens

Cornish Hens with Rosemary, Cranberry and Orange.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Chicken
Servings: 2 people
Author: Ashley McCrary


  • 2 Cornish game hens (20 ounces)
  • Handful of fresh rosemary
  • 1 onion cut into wedges
  • 3 tbsp ghee
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 oranges sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground coarse pepper
  • 1 tsp pink sea salt


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Gently lift skin from hen breasts and message with ghee. Place orange wedges, fresh rosemary, and a one half of the onions in the cavities. Place in a greased roasting pan.
  • Combine melted ghee, olive oil, orange juice and garlic in a bowl
  • Divide mixture and use to rub all over each hen.. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Bake 30 minutes. Brush hens with remaining butter mixture. Bake 35 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 170°-175°
  • Remove hens and add to a serving platter. Brush with any drippings from the pan and garnish with fresh rosemary, orange slices and cranberries.