SIMPLE HERB BUTTERED ROASTED CORNISH HEN

Updated: Dec 26, 2020

As I am an Indian American, usually I make a chicken roast with a lot of spices and chillis-Tandoori Style. So wanted to cook something different, something simple this time. So thought of herb buttered chicken. We have a herb garden in our backyard and that made it easier for me. Also for chicken, I took a cornish hen, as it's smaller in size and tastier than a big hen. This chicken is crispy on the outside and very soft and juicy inside. My family loved it.

Prep:40 mins Cooking Time :1 hr

Servings: 2 - 3


Ingredients :

  1. 1 medium-size Cornish Hen

  2. 1 tablespoon of fresh Thyme or 1 teaspoon dry

  3. 1 tablespoon of fresh Rosemary or 1 teaspoon dry

  4. 1 tablespoon of fresh Cilantro

  5. 1 tablespoon of Mint or 1 teaspoon dry

  6. 1 tablespoon of fresh Parsley or 1 teaspoon dry

  7. 1 tablespoon Fresh Basil or 1 teaspoon dry

  8. 1 teaspoon Chives (Onion Leaves) or 1 teaspoon dry

  9. 1/2 teaspoon dry Oregano

  10. 2 chopped Green Chilis for some kick

  11. 2 Lemons

  12. 5 tablespoons unsalted butter

  13. 2 teaspoons salt or as required.

  14. 1 teaspoon pepper.


Methods :

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  • Place hen in a roasting pan, breast sides up.

  • Tie the Hen legs with cotton rope.

  • Squeeze half of a lemon juice on the hen.

  • Season the hen with salt and pepper.

  • Mix all the herbs (Thyme, Parsley, Oregano, Chives, Mint, Basil, Cilantro, and Rosemary) and Green Chili with butter in a bowl.

  • Rub the herb-butter all over hens and put some herb butter under the skin of the hen.

  • Leave herb-marinated hen for 30 mins.

  • Roast the hen for 45 mins to an hour, rotating pan halfway through until skin turns golden brown.

  • Take the hen out of the oven and cover it with a piece of foil and rest it for 10 mins.

  • Then remove the foil and garnish the butter herbed roasted hen with herbs and lemon wedges and serve warm.

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