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Herb-Crusted Cornish Game Hens

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Herb-Crusted Cornish Game Hens are the star of my Thanksgiving menu! I promise you, everyone will be blown away at the attention to detail, and the personal touches to their individual entrées.

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My goal with this dish is to utilize as much freshness as possible! So I stuff these Herb-Crusted Cornish Game Hens with orange and lemon segments, whole garlic cloves, and some small herb sprigs. Then I slather the outside of these babies with a rosemary and lemon thyme vegan butter.

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Let me tell you…. THESE ARE SO YUMMY! And loaded with tons of glorious flavors.

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Herb-Crusted Cornish Game Hens

Herb-Crusted Cornish Game Hens are the perfect date night dinner for two, an intimate Thanksgiving or Christmas lunch for four, or a festive Friendsgiving! These individual hens are rubbed with herbed vegan butter and roasted to golden brown perfection.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Recipes, Cornish Hen, Dairy-Free Recipes, Date Night Recipes, Easy Chicken, Fall, Fresh Herbs, Gluten-Free Recipes, Holiday Recipes, Main Dish, Poultry, Roasted Chicken, Roasting, Thanksgiving
Servings: 2 people
Author: Naomi


  • 2 Cornish Game Hens
  • 4 tbsp Miyoko's Creamery® European Style Cultured Vegan Butter, unsalted (linked below), or butter of choice
  • 1 1/2 – 2 tbsp Fresh Rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 – 2 tbsp Fresh Lemon Thyme, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, peeled and left whole
  • 1/2 Navel Orange, divided
  • 1/2 Lemon, divided
  • Roasting Pan
  • Kitchen Twine


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Dry the skin of the Cornish Hens by patting with paper towels. (Make sure to do this step thoroughly or the herb butter won’t stick as well). 
  • To a small bowl, add the butter, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  • Brush or rub the mixture all over the hens – outside and underneath the skin. 
  • Add 1/4 of an orange segment, 1/4 of an lemon segment, 2 garlic cloves, and a small sprig of rosemary and thyme to each of the hen cavities. Truss (tie the legs together). 
  • Place breast side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. 
  • Roast, uncovered, for 1 hour or until juices run clear when the thickest part of the chicken is pierced with a meat thermometer and it reaches 165 degrees F. 
  • To brown the skin, increase the temperature to 400 degrees F during the last 10 minutes. 


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