Simple, Delicious Cornish Hen Recipe

by Veronika B

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We loved this recipe especially the marinade, so I must share. I did create a video recipe as well if you need it more visual. It’s so simple, with ingredients I already had at home and the taste was phenomenal. It was soft and juicy, even the breast was really tasty.

**Use a 9×13 glass casserole dish to bake in because the juices will boil and rise, possibly boil over if the ridge is too small.

Ingredients for Marinade:

  • 4 Cornish hens 1lb each
  • 1 cup oil I used Avocado Oil
  • 1.5 tsp salt (taste the marinade, and salt to taste, it should be pretty salty but not over salted)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Montreal chicken seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 a lemon juiced
  • parsley
  • dill


  1. Wash the hens and pat dry with paper towel.
  2. Mix the marinade ingredients. Oil, salt, pepper, Montreal chicken seasoning, onion powder, paprika, Italian seasoning, garlic, lemon juice, parsley, and dill.
  3. Taste the marinade for flavor and salt. It should be pretty salty.
  4. Apply the marinade on the hens and let them sit for 4 hours to overnight.
  5. Bake at 385 for 1.5 hours or until golden.

Ingredients for fresh salad:

  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • parsley
  • garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oil


  1. Cut everything into small pieces, add salt, pepper, and oil.

Ingredients for mashed potatoes: 

  • Potatoes
  • Salt
  • Heavy cream
  • Butter


  1. Boil potatoes until soft with fork test.
  2. Drain water and add heavy cream, butter, and salt.
  3. Mix with a hand mixer or kitchen aid stand mixer until fluffy and smooth.


Serve Cornish hen with mashed potatoes, and a simple beautiful fresh salad.

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