Lemon Leek Roasted Cornish Game Hens

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 35 min.
Total: 55 min.
Angie McGowan
Perfect for a fancy family dinner—kids will love having their own hen.


  • 4 Cornish game hens (1 per person)
  • 4 leeks
  • 4 lemons
  • 4 Tbs butter, plus 1 Tbs melted butter
  • 1 pinch kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 pinch pepper, or to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Remove giblets. Wash hens and pat dry. Salt and pepper inside and outside of hens.
  • Slice leeks and cut lemons into wedges. Stuff hens with a few lemon wedges and leek slices. Add 1 tablespoon of butter under the skin of the breasts and in the chest cavity.
  • Place all hens in a baking dish. Arrange extra lemon wedges and leek slices around hens. Pour extra melted butter around hens.
  • Roast at 400°F until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. This should take about 35–45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 876
  Calories from Fat 556 (63%)
(96%)Total Fat 62g
(111%)Saturated Fat 22g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 24g
(126%)Cholesterol 378mg
(17%)Sodium 399mg
(32%)Potassium 1117mg
Total Carbohydrate 24g
(27%)Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 3g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(121%)Protein 60g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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