Oven Roasted Cornish Hens & Smothered Potatoes

This easy recipe for roasted cornish hens will have you going back for seconds, thirds, and fourths! Seasoned to perfection with a nice crispy skin!


 I absolutely love cornish hens. They require little prep work and cook rather quickly. Add some potatoes and something green to the plate and I’m in heaven! I chose to make smothered potatoes and sweet peas this go around. Red potatoes are my potato of choice, but russet might work just as well. You can also substitute the sweet green peas for any green veggie. Lets get started!
Cornish Hens seasoned and covered in butter
Cornish Hens when removed from oven, should be golden brown with crispy skin
yummy smothered potatoes
Prep time 5 minutes
Total cook time 1 hour 25 minutes


Cornish Hens
  • 2 Cornish hens
  • 1 pack of Sazon seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic pepper seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon of dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt & pepper
  • 6 tablespoons of melted butter
Smothered Potatoes
  • 4 medium to large red potatoes cut into wedges
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of chives
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 450F. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. Rinse off cornish hens and pat dry with a paper towel. Be sure to pull out anything inside the hens.
  3. Place the hens in the baking pan and pour the melted butter all of the hens.
  4. Mix all of the seasonings for the cornish hen together and sprinkle the mixture generously over the cornish hens.
  5. Place cornish hens in oven and let roast for 25 minutes.
  6. After 25 minutes turn oven to 350 and roast hens for another 45 minutes to an hour depending on how big the hens are.
  7. Baste hens with juice from pan every 10 minutes or so.
  8. Meanwhile, heat olive oil and butter for smothered potatoes in skillet on medium heat.
  9. Season the potatoes with salt & pepper to taste and paprika.
  10. Place potatoes in skillet and let brown on one side for 3-5 minutes.
  11. Add onions and stir to mix.
  12. Turn heat to low and cover. Let simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender with fork.
  13. For this recipe I also made some green sweet peas that I cooked stove top for 15 minutes, but you can choose a different veggie of your choice.
  14. Hens are done once color is golden brown and skin is crisp. Internal temp should be 170 degrees Fahrenheit. Let sit for 15 minutes before cutting.
  15. Plate hen with veggies and potatoes. Sprinkle chives over potatoes.
  16. Enjoy!

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