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Roasted Cornish Hen

The lovely thing about serving Cornish Hens for the holiday’s is its versatility as the main entree.   It can also work as a lovely option for Sunday dinner.  It pairs well with the cornbread stuffing, and each person can have their very own Cornish Hen or split one.




Roasted Cornish Hen

  • Author: Andie Cumber
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 Minutes
  • Total Time: 55 Minutes
  • Yield: 2-4
  • Category: Keto


2 Cornish Hens (or think 1 Cornish Hen per person)
2 Lemons
5 Garlic cloves
1/4 tsp Sea salt
1/4 tsp Ground pepper
Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Seasoning
Dried or fresh Rosemary
Butter Olive Oil 


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F
  2. Pat dry the Cornish Hens
  3. Rub generously with the butter olive oil (or olive oil of your choosing)
  4. Cut 2 lemons in half
  5. place 1/2 of one lemon and the 5 garlic cloves inside the cavity of the Cornish Hen; place the other pieces in the pan
  6. Sprinkle half of the sea salt and pepper over each of the Cornish Hens
  7. Next sprinkle a generous amount of Chile lime seasoning covering the entire Cornish Hens 
  8. Drizzle a few small rosemary sprigs on top
  9. Place in the oven and roast for 25 minutes
  10. Next reduce the oven temperature to 350°F
  11. Cook for another 20 – 25 minutes
  12. Baste the Cornish Hen frequently with the juices.  You can add a bit of chicken stock if you find the juices have evaporated.
  13. Cornish Hens are done when the internal temperature reaches 165° and is golden brown
  14. Let the Cornish Hens rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting.


  • Serving Size: 1-2
  • Calories: 940
  • Sugar: 0
  • Fat: 47.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 13.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.6g
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Protein: 57.7g
  • Cholesterol: 339.4mg

Keywords: Roasted Cornish Hens, Keto, Low Carb, Main Entree