Cornish Game Hen

This small bird provides a perfect serving for one person. It can be stuffed with poultry stuffing or other fillings such as green grapes, shrimp, or blueberries.

Serves: 2Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 50 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 2


  • 2 Cornish hens (1½ lbs. each)
  • 1 medium orange, cut in chunks (do not peel)
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 sage leaves
  • 1 cup julienned leeks (white and light green parts only—discard dark green part), well-rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Place half of the orange chunks, onion, and sage leaves inside each hen.
  • Scatter leeks on the bottom of a roasting pan and set the hens on top of them. Rub breast skin with butter, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Roast until you can move the legs freely and juices run clear, about 40 minutes.