Friday, June 28, 2013

Lemon-Herb Baked Cornish Game Hens

Aaaahhhh, the joy of summer. I love actually having time to cook real meals for my family!!  On the menu for tonight: Lemon-herbed baked chicken. I start by buttering and seasoning the bottom of my roasting pan. I used garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, black pepper, and rosemary.

I used Cornish game hens; you may also use a regular fryer or baking chicken. Place bird(s) in roasting pan breast side up.

Next, I poured lemon juice over the fowl.

With the same seasonings, season meat to your liking. You may also use thyme rather than rosemary for this recipe; it comes out just as nice. I prepare boxed stuffing ahead of time, adding special elements such as chopped nuts and dries cranberries.  You can visit my recipe for boxed stuffing makeover in the archives here.  Put a small amount of stuffing in a separate container and set aside. The smaller portion of stuffing will be for inside the fowl. I do this to avoid cross-contamination of the stuffing. We usually have the remaining as a side dish.

Next, I drizzle the bird(s) with a small amount of olive oil, and add approximately 1-2 tablespoons butter or margarine to each bird. Stuff the birds with the prepared stuffing. All ready for the oven!!

Bake at 350 in a covered roasting for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Halfway through, I take bird(s) out and baste using the same method you would use when basting a turkey. I make sure to baste underneath the skin and in between the legs and under the wings.

All done! I hope you enjoy. 
When I'm adventurous, I also use some of the drippings to make homemade gravy....delish!  😊

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