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How To Roast A Cornish Hen Like A Pro

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a plate of food on a table: Looking for a simple and elegant dinner for two? Give Cornish hen a try with this easy and delicious recipe! © Emily Hlavac Green Looking for a simple and elegant dinner for two? Give Cornish hen a try with this easy and delicious recipe!

When tasked with cooking for guests, a good roast chicken always satisfies. It's a classic. However, if you're only cooking for two, an entire roast chicken can be time consuming and serves way more than just two.

What if we told you that you could have it all? Well, you can! A Cornish hen comes together in under an hour, and it serves 2 perfectly. Oh, did we mention you can roast a veggie side at the same time?! That's date night perfection right there. Check out how to make the perfect Cornish hen below, we bet it's so much easier than you'd expect.

1. Season The Hen

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Like all the most delicious things, we like to brush our Cornish hen with butter before it roasts. For seasoning, we keep it relatively simple: salt, pepper, and a nice hearty herb like thyme or rosemary (or both!). To be sure the hen is seasoned through, don't forget to season generously inside the cavity as well!

2. Stuff The Cavity

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To infuse even more flavor into your hen, stuff the cavity. Keep it simple with lemon and herbs, or experiment with other citrus like limes or mandarin oranges and other alliums like garlic or shallots. Whatever you love with chicken will most certainly work here.

3. Tuck The Wings

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Since we like roasting our hens at a high temperature, it's important we protect the wings from charring to a crisp. Tucking the wings under the hen allows even browning and cooking no matter what temperature you're roasting at.

4. Tie The Legs

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Trussing a chicken is about more than just looks! Not only does it insure the hen cooks evenly, it also helps the hen retain moisture, leading to tender, fall-off-the-bone meat. Don't skip it!

5. Transfer To Baking Dish

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We love a 2-in-1 dinner. Roasting our veggie side with our hen couldn't be easier—simply scatter your potatoes (or parsnips, carrots, onions, or sweet potatoes!) in a shallow baking dish and coat with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, then gently place your trussed hen on top. Besides being a delicious side, the veggies help elevate the hen, allowing air to circulate around the bird for a more even roast. Win/win!

6. Get Roasting!

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Pop your dish in a 425° oven and roast for 50 minutes, or until potatoes are golden and tender and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the hen reads 160°. Tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes before carving and serving.

7. Serve

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Et violá! The perfect dinner for two. Pour yourself a glass of chilled dry white wine for a job well done.

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