Perfect Baked Cornish Hens Recipe
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These amazing Cornish hens are rubbed with spices then baked in the oven to perfection! Their skin is so golden brown and crispy and the meat is so juicy! This is the only Cornish hens recipe you'll ever need!
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
  • 4 Cornish hens (1 to 1½ lb each)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp Italian herbs seasoning
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet or pan with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Make a spice mix - put salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian herbs seasoning and paprika in a cup and mix until combined.
  3. Rub the melted butter all over the Cornish hens.
  4. Sprinkle the Cornish hens with the spice mix and rub it all over the Cornish hens so it's evenly distributed.
  5. Put the Cornish hens on the baking sheet breast side up.
  6. Put the Cornish hens in the oven and bake for 1 hour.
Recipe by Melanie Cooks at