When you’re single and cooking for one, you won’t roast a whole chicken that often. It creates way too many leftovers (reminds me of the time I roasted a whole rabbit and duck, never again). You can still get that “roasted chicken” experience with a Cornish hen (and it gives you practice for roasting a chicken when you are in a relationship!). What’s nice about Cornish hens is that they come in a variety of sizes. You can get the tiny one or the big and plump one that will last 3 meals (the perfect amount of leftovers).
ROASTED CORNISH HEN
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Rub Cornish hen with lemon. Sprinkle generous amounts of salt & pepper all over the skin. My number one mistake when I was younger was not seasoning my meat enough with salt and pepper. Sprinkle every square inch of the Cornish hen with salt and pepper. Then sprinkle generous amounts of paprika all over the Cornish hen followed by a little bit of rosemary.
- Place the lemon in the cavity of the Cornish hen with the cloves of garlic. Roast the Cornish hen in a roasting pan.
- Roast in oven for 25 minutes.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Baste the meat often with the juices from the pan. Continue roasting about 25 minutes longer. The Cornish hen is done when a meat thermometer shows the internal temperature has reached a safe point for poultry.
- Let the Cornish hen rest for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.