Jeff’s Signature Cornish Hen

Award winning recipe

This is a very aromatic recipe and a sexy, romantic recipe as well. It can be labor intensive with all the chopping. Recommended for couples on a romantic date night, to share in the cooking, and eating. Enjoy. This is a very acidic recipe as well, to help keep the hens flavorful, moist, juicy and tender.

Number Of Servings: 4

Preparation Time: 1 1/2 hour



Mix all vegetables together along with garlic and shallots and keep in a separate bowl. Marinate Cornish hens with lemon, lime, orange juice and Sambuca liquor with half the olive oil. Season the Cornish hen liberally with Kosher salt & pepper. Be sure to season inside of cavity. Mix remaining oil and capers with brine in vegetable mixture. Stir vegetable mixture well. Place a bed of half the vegetable mixture on a sheet pan. Lovingly rub the remaining vegetables on and inside the hens. Next rub the chopped fresh herbs on the hens. Mix a little paprika with oil and rub on hens for color and browning. Preheat oven to 350º F. Place hens on vegetable mixture on sheet pan. Cook for 1 hour plus allow extra time for oven temperature variations. Adjust oven heat as needed to not burn the hens. Cook to a temp of 170º F. The vegetable will carmelize nicely and can be served as a side with the hens.

** A heart healthy recipe, and of course the alcohol is optional.


6 Comments on Jeff’s Signature Cornish Hen

  1. Jeff Swalley says:

    Hello Jeff, I am curious….I notice your cornish hen recipe calls for quite a lot of Sambuca. Not being a real fan of licorice, I was wondering what the flavour is when the hens come out of the oven? Is there quite a heavy anise flavour, or does it blend into more of a subtle flavour? Thank you for your time. Jeff

  2. Jeff says:

    it blends very well into a subtle flavor and amazing aroma.

  3. peter the butcher says:

    hay jeff nice job looks delicious. Just wanted to say hi . Still downtown .Happy holidays. God bless.

  4. […] are delicious. J and I made this recipe, from ‘the world’s tallest chef’ the other day and it was so good! At first I […]

  5. Jeff says:

    I am glad you enjoyed the recipe, it is fun to make. Photos look great, makes me hungry.

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