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One Skillet Oven Roasted Cornish Game Hens and Veggies Recipe for Two

One Skillet Oven Roasted Cornish Game Hens and Veggies

This Oven Roasted Cornish Game Hens and Veggies dish is super easy and delicious. It’s an entire meal cooked in just one skillet. 

It’s impressive and only takes about one hour too bake in the oven.

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Two Cornish Hens are covered in savory seasonings and garlic and baked with carrots, potatoes, and onions.

This recipe makes a great lunch, dinner, or romantic date night meal idea. Try it for Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day or Christmas.

How to cook Cornish hens in the oven:

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 C) with a 12 inch cast iron skillet inside. Click for a 12 inch cast iron skillet.

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Cut the onion into quarters.

an onion cut into quarters

Place the potatoes, carrots, and onions in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Toss well to coat.

onion, carrots, and potatoes mixed with oil in a bowl

Rinse the hens and pat dry with paper towels.

two Cornish game hens on paper towel

In a small bowl, mix together the salt, thyme, oregano, and ground black pepper and set aside.

oregano, pepper, thyme and salt

Rub 1 tablespoon of olive oil, divided evenly, over the top and bottom of each hen.

Next rub the jarred minced garlic, divided evenly, over the top and bottom of each hen.

two cornish hens rubbed with oil and garlic

Sprinkle the herb mixture, divided evenly, all over the top and bottom of each hen.

two cornish hens with herbs sprinkled on

Remove the cast iron skillet from the oven and brush with olive oil.

Place the hens into the center of the pan, breast side up. It will make a lovely sizzling sound. Be very careful not to touch the pan and get burned.

two herb covered cornish hens in a cast iron skillet

Add the potatoes, carrots, and onions to the pan around the hens.

unbaked cornish hens and veggies in a cast iron skillet

Bake for 60 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (73.89 C).

Carefully transfer the hens and vegetables to serving plates and enjoy.

One Skillet Oven Roasted Cornish Game Hens and Veggies Recipe for Two

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Yield: 2 servings

One Skillet Oven Roasted Cornish Game Hens and Veggies

One Skillet Oven Roasted Cornish Game Hens and Veggies

This Oven Roasted Cornish Game Hens and Veggies dish is super easy and delicious. It’s an entire meal cooked in just one skillet.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Game Hens (thawed)
  • 1/2 lb baby fingerling potatoes
  • 1/2 lb baby carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Tablespoon thyme
  • 1/4 Tablespoon oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil (divided, plus more for coating the pan)

Instructions

How to cook Cornish hens in the oven:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 C) with a 12 inch cast iron skillet inside. Click for a 12 inch cast iron skillet.
  2. Cut the onion into quarters.
  3. Place the potatoes, carrots, and onions in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Toss well to coat.
  4. Rinse the hens and pat dry with paper towels.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together the salt, thyme, oregano, and ground black pepper and set aside.
  6. Rub 1 tablespoon of olive oil, divided evenly, over the top and bottom of each hen.
  7. Next rub the jarred minced garlic, divided evenly, over the top and bottom of each hen.
  8. Sprinkle the herb mixture, divided evenly, all over the top and bottom of each hen.
  9. Remove the cast iron skillet from the oven and brush with olive oil.
  10. Place the hens into the center of the pan, breast side up. It will make a lovely sizzling sound. Be very careful not to touch the pan and get burned.
  11. Add the potatoes, carrots, and onions to the pan around the hens.
  12. Bake for 60 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (73.89 C).
  13. Carefully transfer the hens and vegetables to serving plates and enjoy.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1177 Saturated Fat: 19g Cholesterol: 454mg Sodium: 1244mg Carbohydrates: 35g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 8g Protein: 81g
Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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