when the weather is cold outside, it is so nice to be able to serve roasted Cornish hens. these hens have tender meat and are much smaller than a standard whole chicken. two small hens will serve 3-4 people easily with other side dishes for a dinner meal.
i simply place the hens in a roasting dish on a small rack and use about 1 cup of chicken broth added to the base of the dish. either spray the hens with olive oil or use a small amount of olive oil to coat the skins of the hens. then, my favorite seasoning for the hens would be herbs for poultry by dean and deluca. this well rounded seasoning adds a great flavor to the birds. i secure the legs with string and position the wings so the hens rest flat on the rack.
i bake them in the oven on 400 degrees for one hour and then check to make certain the inner temperature is 180 degrees. these hens are very tasty and will warm up anyone on a fall day.