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Rosemary Garlic Cornish Hens

These quick and easy rosemary garlic Cornish hens are nice enough for guests, but great for family too.
Prep Time1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cornish hen recipe, cornish hens
Servings: 4
Calories: 575kcal


  • 2 cornish game hens cut in half


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbs chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbs chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbs chopped fresh garlic
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • Puree the marinade ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  • Coat the cornish hens with the marinade and chill for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat your grill to medium (450-500 degrees F). Brush the grates with oil or use a non-stick grill pan (like you see in my pics).
  • Grill skin side up, brushing with any remaining marinade for about 10 minutes, covered. Turn the hens and grill (covered) for an additional 10 minutes, being careful that they do not burn. Internal temp should be 165 degrees F.
  • Remove from grill, tent with foil and let them rest for 5 minutes.


Calories: 575kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 1301mg | Potassium: 531mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 323IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg