Cornish Game Hen with Garlic

Difficulty: intermediate

Have you ever wanted to eat an entire chicken, but thought that an entire chicken would cost too much? Well I have the solution for you, a Cornish Game Hen! It is basically a tiny chicken which costs much less than a full sized chicken but still looks like a chicken. This recipe needed a cup of a dry Sauvignon Blanc which I didn’t have so I went to my neighbor and he gave me a cup of Chardonnay, bless his soul. I still suggest going for the dry or semi-dry white wine instead of the sweet to bring out the full flavors. This hen is going to be really juicy because the first half of the cooking process pretty much boiling the hen in white wine.


1 (500 gram) Cornish Game Hen20170213_224150

0.5 tsp salt

0.5 tsp black pepper

0.5 tsp red chili flakes

1 tsp garlic powder

4 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tsp butter

1 chicken bullion

0.5 cup Sauvignon Blanc

1 tsp all purpose flour



Put the game hen in a colander and let all the water drain out for at least an hour, pat it dry after that. It has to be really dry so it can soak up all the white wine. Rub the salt, pepper, chili flakes, garlic powder and butter on the hen. Put the crushed garlic inside the cavity of the hen along with the remaining butter spice mixture. Marinade it for 30 minutes.


Heat up the white wine on a sauce pan and dissolve the chicken bullion. Put the hen in an oven safe baking dish and pour the warm chicken broth wine on it.


Preheat over to 175 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit). Now cover the hen with aluminum foil, make sure it is not touching the hen or it will stick, bake it for 30 minutes. Then take the dish out and drain all the juices into a sauce pan. Put the hen back into the over and let it roast for another 45 minutes uncovered. The hen should brown up real nice. Heat the juices to a simmer and add the flour and keep on mixing until it reduces and a gravy-like texture is formed.


Now take the hen out of the oven and let it cool. Place it on a well decorated plate and drizzle the gravy on top of it. I had some kale lying around so I made a bed for my hen, it tastes disgusting but its super cheap and makes an excellent garnish. You can pair this with the same white wine you used as an ingredient.



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