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Roasted Cornish Hen Recipe

Roasted cornish hens are a fantastic entertaining dish for any size gathering! Perfect for a small holiday dinner when you don’t want a whole turkey.

Cuisine American
Keyword recipe, holiday, thanksgiving, Christmas, roasted cornish hen recipe, hens
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 13 hours
Servings 3 -4 hens
Calories 1135kcal


  • 3-4 cornish game hens
  • 2 cups Nancy's organic kefir
  • 3 apples quartered
  • 2 onions quartered
  • 1 head of garlic peeled
  • fresh herbs oregano thyme, sage etc. all work great
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  • 1. Soak hens in Nancy's kefir overnight.2. Remove from kefir scraping off most of it into a bowl. Discard kefir.3. Add hens to a roasting pan with apples, onions, garlic, and fresh herbs. Cover with foil4. Roast for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove hens and transfer to a cookie sheet with a drying rack on top of it. Roast hens until the skin is crispy and hens are cooked thoroughly.5. While hens are roasting pour pan juices into a saucepan, add balsamic vinegar and honey and reduce to a sauce.6. Plate everything and serve with sauce. Enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 1135kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 86g | Fat: 64g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 41g | Cholesterol: 456mg | Sodium: 543mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 37g