How To Cook A Cornish Hen?

What does Cornish hen taste like?

  • Cornish hen tastes like chicken because it is still a chicken variety, only smaller. Since Cornish hens are younger than chickens, they can be tender when cooked. However, they have a less assertive flavor as compared to chickens. Since Cornish hens are small, they are suited for individual serving.

Do you cover Cornish hens when cooking?

Roast the hens in the preheated oven for about 1 hour or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F and the juices run clear.

Remove the hens from the oven, loosely tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes before carving or serving.

Do you cook Cornish hens breast up or down?

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place hens in a roasting pan, breast sides up.
  • Roast hens, rotating pan halfway through, until skin turns golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 180 degrees, 45 to 50 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes.

How do you know when a Cornish hen is done?

How do you know when Cornish hens are done? The hens are done when a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads at least 165 °F (74 °C). If you baked the hens, the skin should be golden brown. If you don’t have a meat thermometer, cut into the thigh and check that the juices run clear.

What is the difference between a chicken and a Cornish hen?

The main difference between a Cornish hen and a chicken is the mature size of the bird. Cornish hens rarely weigh much more than 2 pounds, while chickens can weigh double that.