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Lemon Herb Cornish Hens

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Paleo Lemon Herb Cornish Hens

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 968kcal
Author: AndreAnna McLean


  • 4 Cornish game hens
  • Coconut oil
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary cut in half
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme cut in half
  • 2 lemons halved
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Kosher or fine sea salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Cooking twine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup dry white wine


  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Pat the hens dry. Using your finger, create some space between the skin and the meat. Slip a small amount of coconut oil, ½ sprig of rosemary, and ½ sprig of thyme under the skin. Place ½ lemon and 1 whole garlic clove inside the hen with ½ sprig of rosemary and ½ sprig of thyme. Repeat the process for each hen. Rub a small amount of coconut oil all over the skins of the hens. Top each with the lemon zest and juice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place in a roasting pan as far away from each other as possible to increase skin crispness. Tie up the legs with cooking twine. Bake for 25 minutes. While the hens are baking, combine the chicken stock and white wine in a small bowl and whisk well. Reduce the heat to 350°F and begin to baste the hens with the stock/wine mixture every 5-8 minutes for the next 30-40 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Serve the hens whole for best presentation. For each additional hen needed for your guests, simply repeat the process. However, keep in mind that the closer you place them in the oven, the less crispy the skin will be.


Nutrition Facts
Paleo Lemon Herb Cornish Hens
Amount Per Serving
Calories 968 Calories from Fat 576
% Daily Value*
Fat 64g98%
Saturated Fat 17g85%
Cholesterol 456mg152%
Sodium 363mg15%
Potassium 1232mg35%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 79g158%
Vitamin A 565IU11%
Vitamin C 33.7mg41%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 4.3mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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