Cornish hens are notoriously difficult to cook, but this is because people assume that they need a lot of time. In fact, if you know what you’re doing, a corncish hen can be cooked in less than an hour. Here’s how:
Preparing the Hen
Before you cook your hen, it’s best to prepare it by washing and drying it. You can also remove the giblets (the liver, heart and gizzard) from inside the cavity of the bird if you want to use them in another dish like a chicken salad or soup.
Next, trim off any excess fat around the neck area of your Cornish Hen. This will help prevent oil splattering when you cook it later on in this post! Then trim away any loose skin along its back–this is called “back fat”, which looks like white streaks when removed properly.
Trim away any extra tail feathers or wing tips as well; they’re not edible so don’t waste time trying to eat them!
Roasting the Hen
Once you’ve purchased your Cornish hen, it’s time to get cooking. To roast a hen, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the roasting pan in the center of the oven and cook for 30 minutes per pound (or 20 minutes per kilogram). You can also use an instant-read thermometer to check if your bird is done–it should register 165 degrees Fahrenheit when inserted into its thickest part (breast).
Once you’ve roasted your hen for about 45 minutes total, remove it from heat and let rest for 10 minutes before carving or serving.
Baking the Hen
To bake the hen, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove any giblets from inside the hen and pat dry with paper towels. Place in a roasting pan or other baking dish that is at least 2 inches deep. Add 1 cup water or broth, drizzle olive oil over top of chicken and season with salt and pepper (to taste). Bake uncovered for 30 minutes per pound. The internal temperature should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit before removing from oven–this will take approximately 1 hour per pound for small birds such as Cornish hens; larger ones may take longer than 2 hours total time in order to reach this point
Slow-Roasting the Hen
Slow-roasting is a great way to cook a hen because it’s easy and allows you to focus on other parts of your meal. For this method, you’ll want to start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 Celsius). Place your hen in its roasting pan on top of some vegetables or herbs if desired–this will just add more flavor! Then cover the pan with foil and place it in the oven for about 30 minutes before removing it from heat and allowing it rest for 10 minutes before carving into deliciousness.
Stir-Frying the Hen
- Stir-frying the hen is a quick and easy way to prepare this dish. It can be done in a wok or deep-fryer, and cooking time depends on the size of the hen.
- If you choose to marinate your chicken before stir-frying it, make sure that you use only oil that has been filtered for impurities (like olive oil). This will help prevent food poisoning from occurring due to bacteria getting into your food when its being cooked improperly.
- Cornish hens are often served with rice or noodles as a meal rather than just by themselves as an appetizer like some other types of poultry might be used for at parties like Thanksgiving dinner!
Braising the Hen
Braising is a cooking method that uses heat and moisture to cook food. The food is first browned, then simmered in a covered pot or pan, with liquid added as needed. Braising can be done on the stovetop in a Dutch oven, or in an electric slow cooker (if you don’t have one at home, try using your mom’s!). The key here is low temperature–the hen will cook very slowly over hours of simmering until tender and flavorful.
Cornish hens are notoriously difficult to cook, but this is because people assume that they need a lot of time.
Cornish hens are notoriously difficult to cook, but this is because people assume that they need a lot of time. In fact, cornish hens are small chickens and have a lot of bone, which means that they have to be cooked at high temperature for an extended period of time. The key is to use a meat thermometer and cook the meat until it reaches 165 degrees F in order for it to be safe for consumption.
Cornish hens are notoriously difficult to cook, but this is because people assume that they need a lot of time. In reality, if you know how to cook them properly and have the right tools, they can be a quick and easy meal option.