Roasted Cornish Hen

A tender and juicy Roasted Cornish Hen is the perfect size if you’re cooking for one. This wonderfully seasoned oven roasted Cornish game hen makes a great single serving meal and is so easy to cook.

Roasted Cornish Hen on a bed of red potatoes and carrots in a baking dish placed on a wooden trivet that is on a metal tray

A roasted Cornish hen makes a wonderful meal if you’re cooking for one. For a fabulous meal add a side of vegetables, rice and/or a salad.

I’ll often roast Cornish hens if I’ve invited friends over for dinner. Cornish hens are easy to cook and they make such an elegant presentation at your dinner table.

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Overhead view of a Roasted Cornish Hen on a bed of red potatoes and carrots in a baking dish placed on a wooden trivet that is on a metal tray

How To Cook A Cornish Hen

For this Cornish hen recipe, I stuff a lemon wedge, garlic cloves, either fresh or dried rosemary and salt and pepper inside the cavity of the hen. I add a little olive oil and butter to the top of the hen and then sprinkle on some salt and pepper.

Finally, I place the hen on a bed of vegetables to roast along with the hen.

Roasted sliced red potatoes and carrots in a small bowl on a wooden trivet with a fork

This easy Cornish hen recipe delivers a wonderfully tender and juicy hen and is an ideal “recipe for one”.

What To Serve With Cornish Hen

Roasted Carrots

Scalloped Potatoes

Rice Pilaf

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Mashed Potatoes

When I roast a single Cornish hen, I find that a 1-quart baking dish works perfectly so I would recommend using a similar sized dish.

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Roasted Cornish Hen Recipe

Roasted Cornish Hen For One | One Dish Kitchen

Roasted Cornish Hen For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Main Dish
Keyword: hen
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 881kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 Cornish game hen , rinsed and dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt , divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon + a pinch black pepper
  • 1 wedge lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 carrots , peeled and thickly chopped
  • 2-3 red skinned potatoes , scrubbed and quartered
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil , divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Heat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  • Stuff the cavity of the hen with 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, the lemon wedge and the garlic cloves. Set aside.
  • Arrange the carrots and potatoes in a small lightly oiled baking dish.
  • Place the hen on top of the vegetables.
  • Rub the olive oil over the top of the hen and drizzle over the vegetables.
  • Sprinkle the remaining salt and pepper over the hen and the vegetables. 
  • Place the butter on top of the hen and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 30-35 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F and the juices run clear. Remove the hen from the oven, loosely tent with foil and let rest for 15 minutes before carving or serving.


Serving: 1hen | Calories: 881kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 79g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 485mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 3391mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 21217IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 7mg
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11 thoughts on “Roasted Cornish Hen”

  1. Laurie Castaneda

    I would like to double check the carb count that is posted. It seems high to me. Is a cornish game hen really that many carbs more than regular chicken?

    1. Hi Laurie,
      You’re right, the carb count was off. It’s been changed and is reflected now in the recipe. Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention.

      Have a wonderful week!

  2. Instead of carrots and potatoes, do you think I can place the hen over some previously cooked and frozen Thanksgiving stuffing?

    1. Hi Mary,

      I have never roasted a hen this way. It’s super easy roasting the hen in a baking dish or roasting pan. Give it a try, you’ll be surprised.


  3. Cait Weingartner

    I don’t know why, but I haven’t had Cornish Game Hen in years. This recipe looks delicious and I love how it’s made in one pan which makes clean up a breeze. Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try this!

  4. This is the cutest dish I’ve ever seen! haha! That cornish hen looks too good to eat but I’m sure its quite tasty!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    xoxo Barb


    This looks insanely delicious. I love that you have such a wide variety of dishes for one. Thanks for posting.

  6. Maggie Unzueta

    I used to make cornish hens all the time. Now I don’t see them at the store as often. I’ll have to ask for them next time I’m there.

  7. Seeing so many awesome food posts is dangerous, makes me want to go to the store then cook! Instead of being on my blog, now I want to cook! This looked amazing.

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