Incredible & Savory Cornish Hen

Portions: 4 normal people or 2 big eaters like yours truly.
Difficulty: Intermediate
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Marinating Time: 2 hours


Marinade For the Cornish Game Hens:

2 Cornish Hens
1/4 cups of Butter
1/4 cups of moutarde Γ  l’ancienne (Old-Style Mustard with White Wine, can be replaced with Dijon)
1/4 cups of Brown Sugar
1 tsp of Salt
1/2 tsp of Pepper
2 tsp of Paprika
1 tsp of Cayenne Pepper
1/2 cup Chicken Broth (optional, see step #4, can be skipped if you do not have an injector).

French Fries:

2 medium sized Potatoes or 3 small ones (Preferably Russets or Yukon Gold)
1/2 cup of White Sugar
Oil for the fryer
1 pinch of fleur de sel

Green Beans:

30 Green Beans
3 minced Garlic Cloves
1 tbsp of Salted Butter
Add Salt & Pepper to Taste


  1. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for the marinade and refrigerate.
  2. Cut the back of the Cornish hen lengthwise and split it open (spatchcock it). As to butterfly the whole hen.
  3. Remove the spinal cord of the hen.
  4. (OPTIONAL) With your meat injection needle, inject the chicken broth little by little in the breast and thighs of the Cornish game hen, to ensure maximum juiciness.
  5. Brush the Cornish hens with the marinade and let it rest in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.
  6. During this time, julienne your potatoes for the french fries.
  7. Let the fries soak in a cold water and white sugar bath (1/2 cup of White Sugar to 1 Liter of Cold Water) for about 1 hour.
  8. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  9. Preheat your fryer to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  10. Insert your Cornish hens into the oven and cook for about 45 minutes or until the inner temperature is at least 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
  11. While your Cornish hens are cooking, in a pot, boil your green beans for about 10 minutes or until they can split in 2 easily.
  12. While they are boiling, add your fries to the fryer for about 3 minutes to blanch.
  13. Bring up the temperature of your fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  14. When your Cornish hens are 5 minutes away from being done, drop your blanched fries into the hot oil again for an additional 6 minutes or until they become crispy and golden brown.
  15. While your fries are in the fryer, in a pan, fry the green beans with the butter and garlic. Add the salt & pepper as well.
    raw sides
  16. Garnish your fries with a pinch of fleur de sel. I recommend serving a spicy mayo with the fries.

Prepare your taste buds for a nice tender and juicy Cornish hen. This recipe is one of my favorites to use on any kind of poultry. White meat that is nice and juicy with a balanced savory marinade, go ahead try it! You won’t regret it.

Bon Appetit.

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