Roasted Cornish Hen

Roasted Cornish Hen

An easy Roasted Cornish Hen recipe that's perfect if you're single or for date night! With flavors of rosemary and paprika you'll love the results!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Roasted Cornish Hen
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 350kcal
Author Carol Lovett


  • 1 Cornish Hen
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • sea salt
  • ground pepper
  • paprika
  • dried or fresh rosemary


  • 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.