Herbed Cornish Hens

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  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 6

3
Rock Cornish hens (about 1 pound each)
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4
cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2
teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
1/2
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4
teaspoon paprika

  • 1 Heat oven to 350º. Rub cavities of hens with salt and pepper. Place hens, breast sides up, on rack in shallow roasting pan.
  • 2 Mix remaining ingredients; brush hens with part of mixture. Insert meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of inside thigh muscle and does not touch bone. Roast uncovered about 1 hour, brushing with butter mixture 5 or 6 times, until juice of hens is clear when thickest pieces are cut to bone (at least 165°F). Discard any remaining butter mixture.
  • 3 To serve, cut each hen in half with scissors, cutting along backbone from tail to neck and down center of breast.

Expert Tips

Rock Cornish hens are specially bred chickens that have all white meat. They are usually found in the frozen meat section of your supermarket, although your butcher may be able to special order fresh hens for you.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
365
(
Calories from Fat
260),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
29g
29%
(Saturated Fat
11g,
11%
),
Cholesterol
170mg
170%;
Sodium
125mg
125%;
Total Carbohydrate
0g
0%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
26g
26%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.