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Buttermilk Cornish Hen

This Buttermilk Cornish Hen recipe is perfect for Holiday family dinners! Don't be intimidated by the idea of roasting a chicken - with this easy recipe, you'll have a Holiday dinner ready to impress the whole family.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 25 mins
refrigerate2 hrs
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buttermilk roasted chicken, Cornish Hen
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 540kcal
Author: Julie of


  • 2 Cornish Hens 1 1/2 to 2 lbs each
  • 1 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 Tsp Thyme
  • 1/4 Tsp Rosemary
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp butter


  • Rinse the Cornish Hens, including the cavity. Dry with paper towel, set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine the buttermilk, fresh garlic, paprika, chili powder, oregano, onion powder, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  • Place the Cornish Hens in the seasoned buttermilk, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Pat dry the Cornish Hens, to remove the excess buttermilk and let them come to room temperature
  • Place the Cornish Hens on a roasting pan, cover with aluminum foil and cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until they're fully cooked through.
  • The final 15 minutes uncovered.
  • Brush with a little butter and Enjoy!



Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 244mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 674mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 815IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 1.9mg