Cornish Hens with Fresh Herbs Served with Bacon-Sage Roasted Red Potatoes

Cornish Hens with Fresh Herbs Served with Bacon-Sage Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe

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Prep/Cook Time: 95 Minutes
Servings: 4
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1 1/2 pounds small red potatoes
Salt and pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 strips bacon, cooked, drained and diced (use the microwave for quick preparation)
6 fresh sage leaves, minced
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary and sage, plus extra sprigs for stuffing cavity and garnishing plates
Kitchen string (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Cut potatoes into small, bite-size pieces; toss with salt and pepper, garlic, bacon and sage and place in a large, shallow roasting pan. Set in the oven while you prepare the hens, approximately 10-15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, remove giblets from hens. Fold back wings. Rub with butter and sprinkle inside and out with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with finely chopped herbs, and place a few more herb sprigs into each hen’s cavity. Tie each hen’s legs together with kitchen string to hold shape, if desired.
  3. Remove potatoes from oven and place hens on top. Return to pan and roast for 50-55 minutes, or until hens’ juices run clear when thigh is pierced with a fork and a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers 180° F.
  4. Remove hens from the pan and let them sit for 10 minutes before serving. Gently stir potatoes to incorporate hens’ juices.
  5. To serve, place some potatoes and a hen, or half a hen for smaller appetites, on each plate. Garnish with fresh herb sprigs.

  • Serving Size

  • Servings Per Recipe 4

  • Amount Per Serving (* % of Daily Value)

  • Calories 368

  • Total Fat 16.8g (0%)

  • Saturated Fat 6.3g (0%)

  • Trans Fat 0g

  • Cholesterol 127mg (0%)

  • Sodium 198mg (0%)

  • Total Carbohydrate 29g (0%)

  • Dietary Fiber 4g

  • Sugars g

  • Protein 25g

  • Vitamin A %

  • Vitamin C %

  • Calcium %

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  • * Percent of Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

    ** This is a representation of the nutrition label. The actual nutrition label may vary slightly.

carmen cisneros - jackson hts, NY 10/10/2012 1:30:15 PM
im going to try it
Howard E Dalton - Quincy, MA 2/12/2009 11:23:02 AM
Recipe appears to be incomplete. Step 1 says to prepare potatoes and set in a 400 degree oven. Step 2 deals with preparation of hens prior to placing them on top of the potatoes. How long are the potatoes in the oven before placing the hens on top of them?

Note from Webmaster: Recipe has been adjusted. Potatoes are in the oven while you prepare the hens, approximately 10-15 min.

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